Tuesday, May 05, 2015

It's May! Yay!

Andy and I were able to get away last week for a pastor-and-spouse retreat.  The setting was in Brown County Indiana - not too far from home, but when you get there you feel far away.

We drove up a long, windy road through some woods. . .
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. . . and arrived at this place.  Our home for the week!

Most retreats and conferences that I've been to either involve packing a sleeping bag because you're at a camp or spending days on end inside of a hotel.  This was completely different.
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This is the entryway once you walk inside the house.
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The powder room sink!
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A pretty grand living room that overlooks the trees and a pond.
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The dining room where we literally feasted every day.
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Another angle of the living room that shows the upper loft sitting area.  There are two bedroom suites connected to the loft.  Five total in the house.
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Andy and I were in the lower of the three levels.
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The lighting was bad when I took these photos; but it was a super nice area.
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The view from the patio off of our room.
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There was us and four other couples on this retreat.  We had a wonderful time relaxing, reading, and connecting with these other ministry families.  This week was a huge blessing for us.

And one of the people who made this week possible was my mom.  She came out to take care of the kids all week.  I was able to completely relax because I knew they were in great hands.
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My dad drove down to drop my mom off with us and we spent the weekend together.  Graydon is becoming interested in being a builder.  We finally got him some "materials" and Grandpa is helping him build.
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Our retreat ended on Friday.  We left a little early because we didn't want to miss Graydon's kindergarten play.  His role was The Gingerbread Man!
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Right before the plays, Graydon's teacher asked me to video tape.  I don't have any footage yet, but when I do I'll put it on the blog.  It was super cute.
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Imagine Graydon saying "Run, run as fast as you can.  You can't catch me - I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
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Getting chased!
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We visited another farm that evening where some baby chicks had just arrived.
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We saw the big chickens too and were given some fresh eggs to take home.  (We scrambled some up the next morning).
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Graydon and Curtis were playing on dirt hills.  Graydon jumped down and landed in the mud.  Both shoes ended up looking like this!
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At a certain time of day when the sun is shining on the farm equipment, it makes a cross.
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The next morning, the boys had their first t-ball game!  Grandma and Grandpa were able to join us to root them on!

Here they are in the dugout.
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I think he looks like he's about to throw a pitch!
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Strike!
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Run!
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Each time Graydon went up to bat, he was able to hit the ball without the tee!
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He reached just out of reach of my camera.
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He was super excited because he hit it on the first try that time!
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Our two t-ball players.
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Curtis's preschool class had a big day with two fieldtrips!  First to the fire department.
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Then to the police station.
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And last but definitely not least. . .

We have two new members of the Kilps Family!  Meet Oscar and Olaf, Bella's Lionhead Rabbits.  Bella joined 4-H this year and wanted to focus on rabbits.  She is already doing an excellent job in caring for them.    
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This is Oscar.  Both rabbits look exactly alike to me and are hard to tell apart, but Oscar is a bit more outgoing and allows you to hold him/her (we still don't know!) much easier.
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Lots of excitement in our house!

1 comment:

mcbenetti said...

Wow..rabbits? They are cute.
And that house looked amazing.