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Redeemer Staff Retreat 2016

We've dreamed for years about taking a retreat with the staff families at our church. Just a few days away to plan, pray, and fellowship. These families are truly our family. Each staff wife I sincerely consider a sister. We honestly praise the Lord all the time for the unity He's given us and the strong bond and friendship we share. We went up to Branson, Mo for a few days and simply relaxed. Pretty much everyday we spent relaxing at the house and during nap times, the men were able to plan and pray through the coming year and events. At night after the kids were in bed, we were all able to discuss how the Lord is working in our Church and ways we can better serve our people and reach the community. None of us realized how crucial this trip was until driving home. The past 6 years serving with these families has been one of the sweetest joys of my life. Ministry life is HARD. Being a pastor's wife is HARD. But these people get it. They are solid rocks in our life pointing us to Christ and graciously loving us.  We feel so so so spoiled to get to do life with them. For the rest of my life, I will look back on these years with them as some of the sweetest and most memorable time of the Lord showing me what it means to have community and serve the local church.

We found some land about a mile from the house, so we walked there one afternoon to enjoy the river and let the kids blow off some energy. 




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 On our last full day, we finally decided to get out of the house during the afternoon and take the kids on a golf cart ride through the mountains. It was so much fun. No one else was there, so we had the trails all to ourselves.  photo IMG_0911.jpg
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Thank you Lord for this body of believers. For all the families you have sent us and for pouring out so much grace over us as we pastor these people. We praise you for these three families and getting to serve alongside them. I'm forever and ever thankful for them and this church.

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