Wednesday, January 5, 2011

{Military Marriage Retreat}

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to go to a marriage retreat for military families in our church, sponsored by our church, paid for by our church....I couldn't imagine passing up this chance for a weekend away. We left on New Years Eve at lunch...I have to tell you, that was know that I would be away from my children for the first time on the 1st day of the new year, but I also knew that Quentin and I would come back a better couple and parents for having I packed our bags and we arrived at the Norfork River Trout Resort Friday afternoon and settled into our 3 bedroom cabin (with our own bathroom in each bedroom).

Our cabin overlooked the river and was just the quaintest thing! Seriously, I did not want to leave this place!

The view from our balcony...

We had the absolute best time....studying God's word and hearing what He has to say about communication, expectations, and even how to handle our anger. There was only two other couples, so our group sessions were very intimate, which enabled us to be transparent. We also had communication building exercises that we did on our own...Quentin and I learned alot about each other in these two

Of course no church retreat is complete without some great food...and man, did we ever eat some great food. We ate like Kings & Queens and I'm pretty sure I gained a few more pounds..Pat was the Grillmaster :)

Doesn't that make you hungry??

There was also plenty of games...we played WII, Apples to Apples, and a new card game (new to us anyway) called Golf. We were quite the competitive bunch and sadly I did not win any games...ok, I take that back...I beat Karla at WII,

Me and Quentin on the last day....

Josh & Karla.....Josh served with Quentin in Iraq in 2006-07 and in this last deployment to Afghanistan in 2009-10

Our wonderful hosts...Pat & Joann...and of course Pixie. This couple really know how to make you feel like you're the only person that matters and they have a heart for God that I rarely see. They flesh out their faith every day and infuse God in every aspect of their life.
A weekend much needed...more than I realized.

A final group shot...
Quentin, Pat, Josh
Ginger, Joann (holding Pixie), Karla
Friends, Fellowship, Food, Faith....I really can't think of a better way to bring in the New Year.

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