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Friday, July 19, 2013

QMCC Family Four Friends Retreat

Ever since camp ended, my daughter's "Family Four" group has wanted to get back together for a day. Many of them will be going to college or the military, so it's possibly the last time they will all be able to get together again.  So, they planned, and they did it!  Eight of them met up at a central location and spend the day together on Tuesday.  They ate. They talked. They laughed. They played "Hide 'n Seek in the mall, too! (haha!)  The posed with Old Navy mannequins!
But when it came time to go home, they didn't want to. They wanted to stay together! I got a texted saying, "We have a problem." I asked what it was and our daughter told me what the problem was...that they didn't want to leave.  So we invited them to come here, and they did!  We wish all of their camp family could have come, but are so thankful that so many were able to get together.
It was late when the group (minus one) arrived.  Two of our boys and I got busy straightening up, getting pillows and blankets ready, and making food.  
Our youngest wanted to be in charge of their food buffet - even made little signs saying what it was (so cute!)
One more had to leave Wednesday morning, but the others were able to stay. It was neat having them worship with us Wednesday night, but again, they didn't want to leave when it was over!  So they went to pick up some necessities from Walmart so they could stay longer...and sent me this funny text on their way home!

 It was so funny to see them all in a row each morning!  They stayed up late and slept late.
I cooked for them and enjoyed every minute of it - knowing it may very well be the last time they'll all be together here.
 There have been some fun times during this "retreat"!
Ping pong games on our dining room table (this game must have been the lazy version - short way instead of long way!),  playing spoons, playing outside, watching Disney movies, and just being together as friends.
And guess what?  They decided to stay one more night and leave in the morning. We changed the name from "sleep over" to "retreat"!!  Here are the final six out of eight that met up the first day. Pretty neat that these Christian friends can have such strong bonds and friendships.  These memories will last a lifetime.

At the end of each evening and at the end of the camp session every year, we sing the song, "God Bless You, Go With God".  And that's what we would say to these special "kids" (they're not kids, but young adults!).  God bless you.  Go with God.  Always and forever.  We love you all!

1 comment:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

Great of you guys to open your home to so many - they won't soon forget it!

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