"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

April 23, 2007

What a treat!

The Retreat!
When you go to Steinhatchee, you feel like you are going back in time and getting a view of old Florida. This is the resort we've gone to for the last several years. It's quiet and quaint. ~Even when 16 families which include a total 45 children, descend upon it. : )

Here is our cottage. We had the one on the right and some friends of ours had the one on the left. We had a jacuzzi on our shared back patio. One day, another mom and I were watching the younger boys play in it and we heard "in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" and we realized they weren't dunking but baptizing each other! Too cute!

We brought Honey, which was pretty fun... But, I think she'll stay at home next year. ; ) No one remembered their promise to help mom with the dog! Funny how that works. She was great until the last day, when she started resembling a two year old. She couldn't be away from me... she almost dove into the river and then cried at the sight of it because I wouldn't let her go in, and then she staged a protest and hopped in our car and would not get out for anything until it was time to leave! She is something!

This cottage belonged to some other friends of ours.
And here is Andrew in front of it who was rarely off a bike all weekend. He also loved swimming in the pool then rotating between the jacuzzi and the sauna. He also did a lot of archery.

Joy had a little bunch of ten yr. old girls to hang out with and they went on muddy canoe trips in
4 inches of water, played in the jacuzzi, rode bikes, had a tea party and dressed for the banquet together. Nathan did a lot of bike riding and some fishing. Zach enjoyed archery and tennis. (I can still beat him-yahoo! Of course I was still breathing heavy long after we were done. Shhhhh!)

My hubby's favorite thing to do when not at the company meetings or playing with the kids was worshipping the Lord with his guitar. (and serenading me with Annie's Song on the big front porch! Ahhh!!!Congratulations to my wonderful hubby who was voted by his coworkers to receive two awards. The company bases their awards on godly character traits. He received a first place award as the person in the company who exemplified the 'company's core value of Respect by treating others with respect and dignity.' (He does!!!) He was tied with the accountant for second place in 'Carefulness by paying attention to details and accurately completing work.'
They had prizes for the kiddos too. Andrew won a Beta fish. Which he named after his Daddy. This is the second pet the boys have named after him. ; )That's it! It was a lot of fun. Now we are back to reality where, if I don't cook, we don't eat. ha ha! Looking forward to next year!

~ Becky


annie said...

Your retreat looks heavenly!
♥, Annie

JennaG said...

That looks like such a lovely place--the cottage is beautiful. so glad you had a wonderful retreat time!

toni said...

Aw Becky, this trip sounded delightful in every way (even when the dog wouldn't get out of the car, which cracked me up). Annie's Song; played at my wedding. Sang to my grandmother on her front porch by moi when I was about 10 years old or so. She loved it. And a bunch of 10yo girls and a tea party. Does childhood get any better than that?

Congrats to your hubby on those wonderful awards too. HOW FUN it was to read about this trip. Thanks for sharing.