Tuesday, April 8, 2008

SAFELY HOME

Thank you, Jesus, for returning us home safely from SB'08...just wanted to capture a few thoughts while "down shifting" from the AWESOME weekend that words will not be able to correctly or fully describe.

...Saturday morning's drive was wet...littered with several wrecks along the way...Andrew asked for prayer as we drove by a flipped humvee. Andrew had checked--Eufala WAS having their antebellum festival (or whatever they call it) so we went another way through Enterprise, AL (we "yelled, Hail, Hail, home of Allen!" : ) ...then continued praying for safe travel.

Fearing a deluge of raindrops at the lunch rest stop; we were thankful when He gave us a reprieve--the clouds got thicker but the rain subsided as we piled 200 sub sandwiches, varied condiments, and chocolate chip cookies under the small pavilion. Stokes and Matthew slipped on gloves to help serve tomatoes, lettuce and pickles-- others directed them to drinks, napkins and cookies. Once we cleaned up and gave our leftovers to the caretaker staff at the rest stop, we returned to the buses...a few minutes later the rain emerged again.

Reaching the coast, we crossed over the inter-coastal waterway and the kids began to squeal...I was on one of the buses with lots of 6th graders. Within just a few minutes we were turning on a side street, heading down Kelly with Laguna Christian Center in sight. There in the afternoon drizzle stood Allen, in his khaki-beige cargo shorts, flip flops and his red windbreaker, hood up, filming us as we pulled into Laguna's alley way. He was eager to greet us and capture the moment...he reminded me of Paul anticipating the return of his disciples.

The light showers ensured quick exits from the bus as sleepy students and stiff counselors snatched overnight bags, heavy drink coolers and cumbersome carry-ons from the belly of the mammoth buses, peeling off in every direction seeking cover. Wet, but safe.

(More later...my eyes won't stay open)

4 comments:

Robin Lambright said...

We have had a non stop description of the weekend. She had a wonderful time and is saving her last two dollars for next years retreat. My little planner.

Sarah said...

SK.. thank you so much for loving our kids so much and taking this time to retreat with them

I KNOW how exhausing it is. *I did it with 94 seniors from PCA in September for a solid week.*

DD had great things to say about it.

skoots1mom said...

she was on my bus and I never heard a word out of her except when I was passing out TWIZZLERS and asking if they had sunscreen...

u hv reason to be proud...she's a good one...I was very happy that several of the kids shared their concerns about recent relationship bumps, so Dana and I prayed them up thru the weekend.

We had multiple God-incidences and could feel ur pryrs...
lost purses, stolen wallets, not-so-bad injuries, no bus wrecks, no rain while we ate lunch on our way,
a final stop that provided 4 restaurants instead of our normal two...no lost chilluns!

It was very emotional, letting go of some of the Thomas/Erin/Allen leaving stuff...they've really had a tuff year. Even some of our adults were sharing BIG stuff they're trying to leave at the cross.
: ) Our praises, His Glory
our voices, His Glory
our hugs, His Glory...He showed us Himself many times.

Sarah said...

DD had some struggles...

*she likes quiet, it was loud
*the friends she took are high maintenance, meanwhile BFF was at home have asthma issues

... and good stuff
*she LOVED her small group
*she LOVED the sharing
*she loves retreats but they definitely take her way out of her comfort zone

So rest up... we are gone through Sunday but I should have a pic up soon :)