Thursday, June 14, 2007

Oh What Fun it Was!

Well, I'm back. I had such a great time. It was just so wonderful to get together with all of the teachers and staff and get to talk to them and spend time with them instead of having one minute conversations in the hall as you hurry off to class! It was so fun to see people's personalities come out in a relaxed atmosphere.

We basically had the same schedule every day. We did whatever we wanted until 6 pm. We'd walk, swim in the pool, go shopping, and such. I actually did not go to the beach. Yes, I know. Some of you are scandalized by this. I love seeing the ocean, but I am not a sunbather. My skin is too fair, and all I do is burn and freckle. We had to drive to the beach, and I just didn't want to stay out there for 4 hours. However, the pool was just downstairs, so I could come up when I wanted. I would have made myself go, however, except that my family is going to Destin in a couple of weeks, and I will get plenty of the beach scene then.

In the evenings our director did our ministry time. The first night we did a personality profile. That was not only informative but also hysterical. The point was really for us all just to recognize how everybody handles situations differently because we have different personalities. It was a lot of fun. Then the second night we talked about the fruits of the Spirit...and then we evaluated ourselves. Ouch!! As we talked through it, many of us could hear God pinpoint the areas we needed to work on individually through the others. It was hard, but good. We ended with an affirmation circle, which, of course, uses up tons of kleenex!! This was the best team building retreat I've been on. Plenty of time to relax and have fun, but then enough ministry for God to speak to you and show you what to work on without feeling overwhelmed.

I've missed a lot of posts on your blogs, so I will be working my way through them over the next few days. Now, I guess since I've had some time off, it's time for me to get working on projects. I think I will tackle the clothes closets first. If I don't make it back for awhile, you know I got buried in an avalanche!! (Listen closely for cries of help....) =o)


Jennifer said...

Ruth, it's so good to hear that you had such a wonderful time! I always love when I can get away and get recharged like that.

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Trella said...

Ruth, so glad you had a wonderful time. It sounds like it was a perfect balance.

Penless Thoughts said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. So glad you got to experience and enjoy this.

Momma Roar said...

It sounds like such an awesome time. I'm with you on the burn and freckles - I like to stay under my umbrella or by the pool too. If I have a good book with me, I can last longer!!

Can you come and help with my closets next? ;-)

Karen said...

I'd be right there with ya in the no sun department. My stupid teen tanning years are catching up to me.
I'm glad you were able to get away for a "re-charging"!
We have friends in Destin! I've never been, but would love to go sometime.
Good luck in the closet!

Kelli said...

Welcome back, Ruth!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time!!

Jen in MS said...

Hey Ruth,
That sounds like a lot of fun! I love taking personality type tests. My husband just had to do one at his work a couple of weeks ago and later they gave him a booklet all about his personality straits, strengths, and weaknesses. We were AMAZED at how dead on it was!

Have a wondeful weekend!

Betty said...

Ruth, thanks for the visit and comment on my 'bouquet'....Betty

Lyndy said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. What a treat.

Our Peculiar Life said...

sounds like a wonderful time!! I am so glad you got that kind of pick-me-up!! I am just catching up on blogs again, too!


Emily said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time Ruth, and well deserved! Thanks for sharing with us. That's so great that you had ministry time in the evening and that God used it to really speak to people :)