Yes, it made for some early mornings, and late nights but let me tell you - as much as they say they were blessed, I was blessed even more!! I am always amazed at how God uses people to speak into our lives - often without them knowing. The first weekend - it was an amazing group from Steinbach. And, as I worked in the kitchen, I could hear them worshipping God through singing! It was music to my ears. And the weekend after, actually beginning on the Thursday night, I had another group that retreated here. It was a different as they were not here in the house for alot of the daylight hours, but never the less, they needed it! On the Friday night, as I was again in the kitchen prepping some food, I could overhear them doing their "tuck-in" devotional time that a friend in BC had written for them. (the friend was unable to come and join in on this trip with them). But the most wonderful thing was hearing the women pray. I am telling you - the sound of people praying - music to my ears - but to the Heavenly Father - I can only imagine what the prayers coming up to Him are like!! Once again, over and over, I was blessed. One of the women shared on her blog about her stay at our retreat ministry. She also put some beautiful pictures on her blog of our place. It is very interesting to see your place from another person's view. Ellen (from Mennonite Girls Can Cook ) said she was happy for me to lift the pictures off her blog. So here they are.
|this was a view from her room|
|looking into our great room from the upper floor|
|the sign on the wall at the back door|
|looking out toward the yard|
|looking down onto the great room and dining area|
|this is the Spring room|
|and the Summer room|
As well - check out Mennonite Girls Can Cook for the other blogs. I am so happy they could find spiritual, and physical refreshment and retreat here! I was so blessed. If you wish to see her blog itself - just go to the following link.