Good Morning!

This weekend was probably the most relaxing, refreshing weekend that I have had in quite some time.  I did not get on my computer at all until Sunday evening, I took a break from wedding planning until Sunday evening, I spent a lot of time reflecting on my relationship with Brian and God and I am so thankful for it.

Brian and I spent the weekend at the Our Lady of Fatima retreat center in Indianapolis with several other engaged couples on our Tobit Marriage Preparation Weekend Retreat.

lady of fatima retreat houseThis retreat is something that our church requires all engaged couples to attend before officially joining in marriage.

When I found out that we had to go and that it would mean an entire weekend away from “work” I grew anxious.  I had no idea what to expect, I had a million things on my to-do list, and I felt very overwhelmed.

Even on Friday, just before heading to the retreat center for the weekend I was having a full moment where I was trying to organize my thoughts, everything that needed to get done with my personal life, the wedding, and work and I just felt stuck.

This retreat could not have come at a better time.

brian and tara on retreatWe were able to listen to currently married couples discuss their experiences, problems, and positive things that had occurred in their marriages over the past several years.

Most of the time was spent with each other discussing our future.  This was truly a weekend to focus on the actual marriage rather than the wedding.  I so needed that, and this weekend allowed me to take a step back and remember all of the wonderful reasons why I wanted to commit my life to Brian in the first place.

our lady of fatima retreatThe retreat center is seated on 13 acres of land with a ton of walk paths and trails.  Thankfully, the weather was nice so in our down time, Brian and I were able to explore the area.

It was beautiful!

We were also able to connect with quite a few of the other couples, and I can’t wait for these new friendships to blossom!

P1000795After a weekend away, Brian and I are both feeling refreshed and more ready than ever for our wedding and the marriage that will begin in a short 46 days.

If you are Catholic and your church gives you the option to attend the Tobit retreat, I HIGHLY recommend it 🙂

I hope  you all had an amazing weekend as well and are ready to conquer the week and any big challenges or events that you may have ahead of you!

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  1. This sounds very cool! I’m Catholic, but my husband’s not, so we met in the middle and we now attend (and got married in) a Methodist church. We went through pre-marital counseling with a marriage counselor prior to the wedding, and I loved it! It was so interesting.

    • I honestly really loved the counseling so far too! It’s great that you and your husband have been able to meet in the middle 🙂 It’s so important to make compromises like that, and it’s great that you were able to figure it out early on in your marriage!!

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