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Friday, February 6, 2015

Elevate Marriage Retreat


Last week, Thursday evening through Saturday morning, Joe and I attended an Elevate Marriage Retreat held at the historic Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.
It was a wonderful time being with other Christian couples striving to keep their marriage a top priority and having a get away with just the two of us.
Like most parents, we get busy with the kid's activities and our own schedules and don't take the time for just ourselves like we should.
The retreat made us refocus and commit to making sure our marriage is elevated and placed before other things in life.
The marriage relationship should only be second to ones relationship with God.
Even our children shouldn't come before our marriage, but most parents fall into the "all about the children" mode fairly easily and without much thought.
We're already looking forward to next year's retreat!  Who wouldn't want to spend a few days together at a beautiful place such as the Skirvin?!
One book that the speakers used for quotes and information during the retreat was "5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman. If you haven't read the book, you should.  It's great!
The Skirvin has a few odd things that you don't really notice just walking by.  When you look closer, it's kind of scary and weird and funny!!!
And then you see something beautiful!  I imagined a wedding right here, but it would have to be a really small wedding being one of the entries into the building.
There were many photos of famous people who have stayed at the Skirvin over the years. There are stories about the past, stories about repair and remodel, and interesting artwork throughout.
The black, red, and gold color scheme definitely gives it a rich feel, though we got a great deal (with meals included) in our retreat package!
And then another odd little man perched up on a column! I would love to know why these weird things were included in the building! What was Mr. Skirvin thinking???!  Or was he?
We had to take a picture of the "Closed for Maintenance" sign and send to our Disney World girl.  At Disney World, the word for maintenance is "refurbishing".  So this was very un-Disney-like! Ha ha!! (I don't know why that's so funny to me!)
Thank you to BJ Clarke and Steven Minor and their wives, Tish & Stephanie, for speaking at the Elevate Marriage Retreat, and to Denton and Joanna Wood for their hard work organizing the event!  It was a blessing to attend!

1 comment:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

Every couple can use a retreat sometime!

 
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