Wednesday, September 28


This last weekend we got to get away fro everyday life and take two couples from our life group on a marriage vision retreat in Ruidoso NM. It was so much fun. Some of you may wonder what a vision retreat is, so let me explain.  A vision retreat is a time where you get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. You take a couple of days and leave town with out your kids to be with your spouse and God. You take these days away to allow God to speak to you about your marriage and to make sure you are on the same page regarding goals, priorities and values. You get a "vision" for you marriage and family. Our goal is to do this yearly to allow God to refine our vision and realign our values and priorities. Sometimes these things get lost in the chaos of normal day to day living. Jimmy and Karen Evans for Co-Authored this amazing workbook as an aid for these retreats.
I was so surprised what God showed us through this trip. I highly, highly recommend any couple with or without kids to take a weekend or a few days and get away and alone with your spouse with no computer, TV, and minimal cell phone use to focus in on God and is design of marriage.

We had so much fun on our trip. We stayed up late with our friends, ate meals together and had several moments were I nearly peed my pants because we were laughing so hard at each other. It was so refreshing and I was really great to hang out with other couples for a weekend with out having to break up sibling rivalry fights, wipes boogers, clean bottom, and threaten spankings every 15 minutes.

Ruidoso was a perfect location for this trip. The opening page in to work book starts with this scripture...

Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord...He will teach us His ways and we shall walk in His paths...
Micah 4:2 NKJV

How fitting for our mountaintop location. 

The view from the deck of our cabin

We went bowling the last night and it was so much fun. Even though my total ending score after both games was about 54. HA

We also made s'mores the last night. It was so much fun sitting out on the deck roastin' some marshmallows, and listening to some old hymns on the iPhone dock while bundled and snuggled up with each other. 

This is the view from the mountain top. Phillip and I went up there on our fun thing that we were to do together. We first went antiquing (my favorite) then we went and sat on the mountain. Honestly I was a bit terrified and couldn't relax up there. I felt like I was inches from death and I couldn't over come my anxiety about possibly falling off. I so badly wanted to embrace the beauty that God created in this land but my fear got in the way. IT IS SO HIGH!!! 

Here I am with my beautiful friends Holly and Taryn. 

And me and my Love 

I can't wait to go again next year. 

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