2015 Retreat Information

2015 Retreat T-Shirts

Retreat T-Shirts are here! We  are excited to be offering two different retreat t-shirts this year so you can pick your favorite or, even better...get one of each!

The t- shirts were designed by fellow adoptive momma, and retreat vendor, Hannah, from Prints for a Purpose. The designs capture our 2015 retreat tagline or motto - Walk the hard, Celebrate the JOY and the retreat theme - Intentional. They both have the Joy in the Journey logo on the back.

 **Please read all of the following information when ordering a shirt!** 

 Each shirt is $20 and can be purchased by clicking the 
PayPal "Buy Now" buttons below. 

The T-shirts will be available for pick up when you check in at the retreat! 
At this time the shirts are only available for those attending the retreat.

*Each design is available in a Women's cut V-Neck and a Unisex V-Neck. Please note that the women's cut v-neck shirts are fitted and run small. Below are examples of how the shirts fit on the website models and the sizing charts.

Women's Cut V-Neck Info:
  • 50/25/25 polyester/cotton/rayon
  • Longer length body
*Not the actual color of the retreat shirts*

Unisex V-Neck Info:
  • 50/25/25 polyester/combe ringspun cotton/rayon
*Not the actual color of the retreat shirts*

**The last day to order shirts will be Friday, February 20th!**

Walk the Hard, Celebrate the Joy

Adoption and Foster Care is a journey that can be filled with both pain and beauty. This path that we are on is so often laced with hard, dark times. It is in these difficult times that the Lord holds our hand and invites us to walk beside Him. And as He guides us through, he gives us glimpses of Heaven, those joyful times that He ordains and celebrates with us. Because, that is who He is…the never-changing, ever-present, always-loving God. When we choose to live and love with intention we are able to not only walk through the hard times, but also celebrate with true joy the wonderful moments.

Women's Cut Sizes

Unisex Sizes

Intentional: adjective: done in a way that is planned or intended.

As mothers, we so often trudge through life with our eyes low, focusing on the next week, day, or minute and how we will survive the hard, the mundane, or the frantic. But, when we intentionally fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2) and focus on the fact that he has planned and intended us for such a time as this, our focus shifts heavenward and He gives us the endurance that is found only through Him. It is that endurance that allows us to refocus on what truly matters and to live a life where we intentionally pursue him, love our families, and live out the calling God has on our lives. As this shirt so simply reflects, our prayer is that we would live life with INTENTION.

Women's Cut Sizes

Unisex Sizes


Joy in the Journey 2015 Retreat Schedule

March 27-29, 2015
Maranatha Bible Camp

Friday, March 27th, 2015
3:30-5:00           Registration and Room Check-in/Vendor Shopping Time
5:00-5:45           Welcome                                                  
5:45-6:30           Dinner

6:30-7:30           MAIN SESSION
                            Living With Intention - Main Speaker: Terrica Smith
7:45-9:15           Breakout Session I
                            a. Connecting While Correcting - Jen Decker
                            b. Sharing Their Stories - Nikki DeSimone                     
9:30-10:30         Roundtable Groups                                        

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

8:45-9:30           Breakfast

9:30-10:30         MAIN SESSION  An Intentional Approach to Grief and Loss - 
Main Speaker: Nikki Pauls DeSimone                
10:30-12:00      Breakout Session II
                            a. The Intention Project - Terrica Smith
                            b. On a Bike in the Car Lane: A Glimpse Through Your Child's Eyes
Meri Rogers/Airick West
12:00-12:45        Lunch

12:45-1:30 Vendor Shopping/Connection Time

1:30-3:00           Adult Adoptee Panel

3:00-5:00          Afternoon Activities
5:00-5:45           Dinner
6:00-7:30           Breakout Session III
a. The Next Step: Ministry Opportunities
Church-Based Orphan Care Ministry - Maggie Schade
Fostering Hope - Joanna Holden
Trades of Hope - Jess Argetsinger
Feed Their Tummies - Jenny Marrs
Ethiopia Ministries - Christy Sharp
                     b. Impossible Birth - Pam Cope
7:45-9:00           WORSHIP EXPERIENCE
9:30-10:30         Mom’s Support Groups

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
9:30-10:30         Vendor Shopping/Connection Time
10:30-11:15      BRUNCH
11:30-1:30         MAIN SESSION
Enough - Main Speaker: Jen Decker
Closing and Prayer
1:30-2:00           Pack Up and Head Home

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