This past weekend was my last girls’ retreat with my teen girls. Oh my gracious, how are they seniors already?!
I know I keep writing about “oh my goodness, they are growing up so fast” every time I talk about my girls this year, but it’s just that I know this is my last year with them. And come May, they will be all be graduating on me. I’m so glad that we got to spend this weekend together. I love these sweet souls!
Laura Jean was our speaker this weekend. It was the first time I had seen her since she was the youth intern for the kids I mentor two years ago. I loved getting to know her back then and it was SO good to catch with her! She and I share some of the same passions and our conversations were a definite answer to some of my recent prayers. I love moments like that when God speaks through His people. 🙂
The theme of the weekend was “Be Free” so at one point the girls wrote down things that they need to be free from. Then we went outside and threw eggs filled with paint at the canvas they had written on. It ended up being a beautiful piece of art. 🙂
We started heading to bed around 1am the first night we were there. I was getting ready for bed when one of my girls came running in the room telling me that Sara had gotten locked in the bathroom and couldn’t get out. I went to check out the situation and sure enough, when you twisted the door knob, the latch bolt wouldn’t retract like it’s supposed to. Sara is a little bit claustrophobic so time was of the essence. I needed a flat-head screwdriver, but knew there wouldn’t be one around. So instead I ran down to the kitchen and looked for a regular dinner knife. There was none to be found. So I grabbed the only thing that I thought might work – a super sharp steak knife. I nearly cut my finger off trying to rescue her, but after enough maneuvering of the latch bolt, I finally got it open! She was so relieved! Hence the photos you see above. 🙂 Also, we joke a lot about that last photo because you can see the steak knife so clearly and taken out of context, it’s kind of a terrifying photo. 😉 What’s even more funny is that one of the other girls didn’t hear about this happening and managed to lock herself in the same bathroom the next night. I rescued her the same way and felt pretty awesome about it. 😉 #beast #macgyver
Early on Saturday morning before the girls got up, myself and two of the other chaperones hiked up and down Bee Rock (at Camp Wyldewood which is where we were) to write out the words “BE FREE” in rocks where the girls could see it from the top of the mountain. This is a shot of it from the top! It turned out great! 🙂
Normally our girls’ retreats are held at a place in Alabama, but this year we went to Camp Wyldewood in Arkansas. I actually went to camp there for 6 years and was a counselor there for 2 years. It was SO good to be back. There will always be a special place in my heart for Wyldewood. 🙂
I always love spending time with my girls, but this past weekend was the best girls’ retreat we’ve had. The location was a wonderful bonus, but really it was the conversations we had that made it so great. I love my girls and I love seeing the ladies that they are growing into. 🙂
– Have you ever had to rescue someone using unusual or unorthodox means?
– Have you been hiking recently? All the hiking this weekend reminded me just how much I love it and miss it!
– Did you grow up going to a camp or retreats? Did you have a favorite year?