Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WELCOME Home : Studio Journal

On a past weekend I went out of town for a very quick leadership retreat.  We travelled to the northeastern part of our hot, parched state to a beautiful lodge.  Weather aside - the lodge, cabins and surrounding grounds were top shelf stuff.  Impressive!   Throw in the random sightings of wild deer with all this as a backdrop and you feel like you're living in a movie.

Each cabin was spotless.  The beds were uber-comfy with fluffy duvets. Crisp white, downy soft towels hung from the stainless steel racks in the spotless bathroom.  The AC was working endlessly to make even the blankets look inviting.  Nice! 

The food prepared for us was presented beautifully with the finest ingredients and certainly the creativity of a chef who loved the artful craft of food service and hospitality.  I just love it when someone else cuts up my fruit for me!  

Like most great little get-aways, this retreat had to end.  We headed back to our fair city on Monday evening - a two hour trip - around the end of drive time traffic - triple digit heat - in a van that had a wonky AC system.  YUCK!

Hello! Home.  The HMS had purchased this beautiful African Violet for me and hand decorated a sign that said "Welcome Home".  Don't you just love that?!?

Retreats are great!  Sign me up every time.  But nothing beats the place where you are received with love.  Genuinely welcomed.  By those who know you the best. Who love EVEN though they know you the best. Unconditionally.

That's better than fruit cubed just for you.  That's better than wild deer roaming across the lawn.

That's simply the best!