After having our Missions Conference in April and our Mother/Daughter Brunch in May, we enjoyed having our oldest son, Samuel, home for three weeks. He had just graduated with his Master's Degree and was getting ready to begin his full-time job with West Coast Baptist College, and he needed a place to stay that was rent-free, so he came home! ;) One of the weeks he was home, we borrowed a cabin on Shuswap Lake and invited one of his friends from Vancouver to come up to the lake with us. The boys enjoyed fishing off the deck of the house, and we all played games, read, or just napped as the mood struck us. It was great to take some time off!
Near the end of June, our youth director's wife and I attended a pastors' wives retreat in Riondel, BC, on the shore of Kootenay Lake (are you getting the idea that we have lots of lakes here?!). This was the second annual retreat for us ministry wives. We had fewer ladies there this year, but the small group made for a more intimate setting, which was more conducive to open conversation about things that concern us as wives of pastors. We shed some tears as we shared prayer requests and testimonies of how the Lord has worked in the lives of our people, and we also bared our hearts about things that burden us about our ministries.
|The view on the lake shore, standing in front of the main lodge|
|The lodge, where we slept, ate, and had our meetings|
Although we had plans to play games and take hikes and things like that, this year we spent most of our time talking about these things and encouraging each other. And laughing. We laughed a lot, which is good medicine! (Proverbs 17:22)
|The panoramic view, with the lake to my back|
The pictures I shared in this post were taken during Family Camp, which we attended in August, but the pastors' wives meet at the same camp. I didn't take any pictures at the retreat, since it was such a private time for us.
Next up in the Summer Series: Youth Conference!