A Haven for Moms


This is the final post in a series on the importance of taking a regular retreat. You may also want to check out How to Go on a Retreat.

As I flew home from my little trip, my mind was occupied not only with how what I gained on my retreat could bless my family, but also how many of my mom friends could benefit immensely from getaways of their own.

For many of us, especially those in the midst of the baby-toddler stages,  a solo overnight trip seems shrouded with obstacles. However, I love what Kat says about such obstacles: you just plan around them.

Granted, some are easier to plan around than others. But, on that plane ride home, I was struck with inspiration: I could help remove some of the hindrances for moms I know.

A Haven for Moms

Ooh, am I excited about this one!

We have a spare room that doesn’t get enough use to satisfy me (I am never happier than when I have guests in the house). And I would love to enable local friends to get away for overnight retreats of their own, without worry about expense or travel.

Thus, I am working on sprucing the guest room to turn it into a bit of a B & B for weary mom friends (or even weary college students, single friends, whoever!). They’ll have a quiet space in which they can rest and refocus. And I’ll have fun feeding them, playing hostess, and cozying up a neglected nook of our home.

I have a limited budget, so I’ll have to get creative and shop the house, but I’d rather have it done and imperfect than not done at all!

I’ll share more details as it progresses, but just mentioning the plan here holds me accountable to actually doing it, right?

Want to see the BEFORE?

A fairly blank slate. Bed + bedding are staying. Everything else is negotiable/paint-able/cover-able.
A fairly blank slate. Bed + bedding are staying. Everything else is negotiable/paint-able/cover-able.

And, to make all of this even more fun, I’m inviting you into the “sprucing” process!

If you were taking an overnight trip away, what would you like to have on hand? What would be helpful to have access to? What would make your stay a blessing?

Please share in the comments! I’ll keep your suggestions in mind as I create a cozy spot for other moms to be refreshed.

About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • Kate

    Seeing as how I know I’ll visit at some point, most of my thoughts might be a bit selfish. But, I always love a cozy chair to get comfy in and read. Oh, and a doggie bed, not for me:).

    • Cozy chair-check. 🙂

  • brenda venable

    As for my desires………….. a desk (for computer) and a bench place to put the suitcase. Other than that, I’ll be upstairs most of the time.

    • Yes! A desk is on the list.

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  • Angi

    I’m curious if you have an updated photo of your guest room and if any moms have taken you up on this….I’m intrigued and also have a guest room that doesn’t get as much use as I’d like 🙂

    • Hey Angi! I have taken one, but it’s not up on the blog…which is probably because I still feel like it’s not “finished.” Which is lame–I should probably post one anyway. 🙂
      To answer your other question, yes! I’ve had guests, which has been so fun. I wrote up a little description of what I had in mind and emailed it to some local friends. Happy to answer any other questions you may have about getting something like this started. 🙂 I’m still getting started myself!