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What a special ministry and beautiful vision! I want to know – for many people in my life – when a Father-Son event might be on the horizon! (Because with four kids, you clearly don’t have enough on your plate!?) 🙂
This looks like a delightful way to spend some quality God centered time with my girls. I have a 16 year old, a 14 year old and a 12 year old daughter. Is this retreat geared more towards one on one interaction or would I bring all three?
Thanks for your interest!
We work very hard to make sure that everything we do works whether or not a dad has one daughter or multiple daughters. I’ll tell you, I have never, since I started this retreat in 2008, had any dad ever tell me that he should have only brought one daughter and left the others at home. It’s only dads who have never attended who feel that way.
And I am in no way saying that is a wrong perspective. I completely respect that. And sometimes finances plays a factor as well.
However, we have dads that come with multiple daughters, and they keep bringing them all. We have a dad who came to our first retreat, in 2008, with his three oldest daughters. At the time, they were about the same ages as your daughters are now. Well, he still brings them to every retreat, only now he has two other ones that he brings as well. From his oldest daughter who is 23, to his 7 year old daughter, he brings them all every year.
There’s one other thing to consider. Sometimes there are circumstances in a family, or with one or more daughters in a family, that really lend themselves to a one on one experience. Sometimes when healing of some sort needs to occur, that might be a time to bring one daughter, depending on your situation.
Basically, I am trying to emphasize that there is nothing in the retreat that lends itself toward leaving some daughters at home. However, there may be a number of circumstances your family is facing that may suggest bringing only one daugther. But with the father-daughter games being played as a family, in some ways, it would be even MORE beneficial to bring all of your daughters, if that is feasible. Your girls would bond with each other as well.
I hope this helps, David!
If you have any more questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any future plans for the retreat? Looking at 2016 or 2017 as my daughter is soon to graduate.
Hopefully you will have one before she leaves our roost as I have a lot to say to my dear child!