This weekend was our fist fall retreat here in Portland. So we loaded up the car with what looked like enough stuff for a week. That’s what it takes to go places with 2 kids but I’m convinced that it’s worth it. It takes a lot of work to go and take kids, try to keep them quiet while there are talks going on, get them to sleep well, and try to engage with students during the breaks. But if you could have seen Jenna’s face when I told her we were going to hang out with college students at a retreat you would know why it’s worth it. She was ecstatic to say the least. She has missed being with the students and staff regularly so it was such a treat for her. She did about 5 puzzles, got to sleep on the top bunk, watch her dad give a talk and be around students who are taking time out of their lives for God and relationships. I want that to be a part of our kids lives and I want to be a part of students lives so they see that we think they are important. I want them to see that moms can still invest in ministry, even if it is on a smaller level.
So we went, we had a great time, we rejoiced that God brought 17 students (even though we’re used to 250 in Montana), some interns and some volunteers. It was worth it and we can’t wait for the next one.