Adoption and foster care bring with them so many unique highs and lows and sometimes, as parents, the journey can feel lonely. So my good friend Andrea decided to invite a handful of moms to a small weekend retreat where they could connect, learn, rest, and be refreshed. God had even bigger plans, though, and that idea for a weekend with 20 moms turned into the first Created for Care retreat with 250 moms and moms to be! After that first year Created for Care held two annual retreats for six more years with each one maxing out at 450 women. I joined the ministry in 2013 as a team member and event speaker. The team decided 2017 would be the last year for large events as Andrea shifts things over to more online ministry. It was a joy and a blessing to serve along side some of my closest friends to not only bring nourishment to moms in the trenches, but also to receive it myself.
In 2014 I helped launch The Carry Camp along with three friends who have been rocking it ever since. The Carry Camp is a ministry dedicated to loving and empowering women who might feel broken, left out, and even useless in their struggle with infertility. It’s about encouraging each other to walk in the light and the truth of who we really are: beautifully created in the image of a God who loves us and wants to use us and our stories for His glory.