|All flower/landscaping photos taken by Sarah. Love the pumpkins nestled in the hanging plants in this one!|
This was billed as a mother and daughter (and grandmother too) retreat. I believe it's the first one that TWNE has offered in this category. Girls as young as 6 could go. It was a mother/daughter/grandaughter retreat for me. My daughter Carrie went, and her 10-year-old Julia. And then my oldest granddaughter Sarah, 15, my son's daughter, went as well. We traveled to the retreat with Patty (Carrie's pastor's wife) and her 7-year-old Jen.
I couldn't resist snapping the picture below as we got settled in our van.
After getting unpacked and settled in our cabin -- we ended up all together, which was fun -- we headed out for the coffee shop as it was still quite awhile before supper. I got a raspberry Italian cream soda and Sarah a strawberry smoothie.
|My Italian cream soda -- a favorite treat!|
|Sarah's smoothie -- she was just lifting it to take a sip as I snapped the picture|
Supper was delicious! We had ham, sweet potato casserole which was incredible, green beans, and rolls. Dessert was cupcakes -- moist spice type cupcakes with a whipped white frosting sprinkled with cocoa. Pretty as well as tasty!
|Sweet Shoppe in 2012|
It was a late night; I optimistically set my alarm even though I seldom sleep well in a situation like this. Didn't need it; I was up and in the shower by five. I went down to Cool Beans and had my quiet time sitting on the porch. I watched a glorious sunrise!
|Not having the camera with me, I took these with the tablet. They don't do the sunrise justice at all.|
|My hand must have been shaking as this one is really blurry. However, it comes the closest to capturing the colors. Still nowhere near as gorgeous as the actual sunrise.|
|Clearer, but not as bright.|
Breakfast was pancakes, sausages, and peach slices. It fueled us for a busy morning with more music, a good message concerning our social insecurities and how they need not define us because God has made us for a purpose. This was followed by our personal "God and I time". After that we had a bit of free time before lunch.
|I thought this was so pretty with the little blue flower tucked in amongst the hotter colors.|
|Rustic vignettes in every corner!|
Patty and I did quite a bit of crocheting, and somehow more Italian cream sodas and smoothies were consumed! Also during the afternoon, Carrie, Sarah, and I attended an optional question/answer session with our speaker, Sarah Hudson, and Rand Hummel, director of TWNE. This optional session was very informative and we were glad we had taken advantage of it.
At 4 pm it was time for the final service and message. Wonderfully encouraging. This session had to do with finding our security in the promises of God.
And then supper -- chicken cordon bleu, pasta with cherry tomatoes, salad, and rolls. Dessert was a fabulous caramel apple cheesecake. Then it was time to head home.
As Sarah remarked after we had dropped the others off, it seemed as if we had been away much longer than a day and a half. It was true; it was that refreshing! I pray that the scriptural truths we were reminded of and encouraged in will stay in our hearts for a lifetime.