When I finally decided to go, I planned to spend most of my time in my room. I took several books to read and my iPad. I never opened a book and didn’t turn on the iPad because there were too many fun things to do all the time.
Upon arrival at the retreat, we were served a delicious supper. The gourmet food was wonderful at every meal. Tom would have loved that. In fact, he would have loved everything about the retreat.
Each day, we were involved in various activities and projects. Not being artistic, I dreaded the painting of #stphilipsuvalderocks. We were all allowed to choose a rock to paint and to put a message on it. Later, these rocks were to be put in various places (like Easter eggs) around Uvalde for people to find and read. I kept mine very simple and it turned out okay. If you find one that is beautiful, it isn’t the one I painted. But mine was done with love, just as they all were.
One of the outdoor activities was to swing on the “Screamer”. It wasn’t mandatory; but it was terrifying and many people didn’t dare to ride it. You were pulled way up in the air in a sling then released so you’d swing in long, breath-taking arcs. I’m proud to say I rode the Screamer and didn’t scream! I was the oldest person ever to dare riding it. It was my "claim to fame” and my daughter, Sarah, put the video of it on Instagram and got the most “likes” that she has ever gotten.
I am not going to tell you all the secrets of this perfect weekend, but it is my prayer that 100 % of our church family could experience the wonderful retreat next year. I’m sure each of you would have a super-good time as I did.
This phrase was in my heart the whole time I was there: “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.” I just know in my “knower” that He was there.
- sigh, Ma