|I went to an area like this for my God and I time -- so serene and quiet!|
|This picture is taken as one walks from the cabin area to the courtyard. As you look to the buildings in the background, the Sweet Shoppe is to the left and the coffee shop just to the right of the flagpole.|
We had two ladies from Massachusetts (one being a dear friend, so it was a blessing to have her assigned to our cabin) and two ladies from Maine in our cabin as well.
The meals were all wonderful -- think blueberry French toast bake for breakfast, with sausages and sliced peaches on the side and plenty of good coffee. Supper on Saturday was an amazing chicken dish in a basil sauce (I think) served over spaghetti squash. The fellowship among 140 women and teen girls was wonderful, the music was great, and the sessions by Reba Bowman were fantastic. She spoke on "Gravel Road Growth" and lessons Jesus taught the disciples prior to going to the cross, from John chapters 13, 14, and 15. What an encouragement to "listen in" as He taught these lessons to these men who were soon going to need all the courage and comfort they could get. It fit right in with lessons I've been teaching in Sunday School and was just so good.
One terrific thing about these retreats is that even though you are busy and taking in a lot of information, there is also plenty of free time. Breakfast is not until 8;15, so there is plenty of time to get up early and have a quiet time, or even to sleep later if one is so inclined. I began my Saturday morning in the coffee shop, sipping a large hazelnut coffee and reading my Bible. There is another seating area upstairs and I was able to slip up there for a good time of prayer -- taking a large maple coffee (so delicious!) along with me. The coffee prices are so reasonable.
|This was taken inside Cool Beans at night, with my tablet, so it is not the best quality. But you get the idea.|
I went on a hayride with my friend Ruth and also spent time in Cool Beans enjoying an Italian cream soda and working on a cross-stitch project -- that is, until the lens fell out of my bifocals! I turned to crochet instead.
|The landscaping and gardening around the various buildings is just so pretty. This is one of the staff homes.|
|This is a closer look at the pallet planter at left in the above photo.|