Carting the sheets to each cabin to make beds
The first day (Friday) we were actually there before the majority of people attending the retreat. Lucas is on the planning committee, and the members go early to prepare the cabins (make beds, clean up, and leave goodies like bottles of water and mints on the pillow). So the first day was basically free time. I hung out with the babies in the morning, and let me tell you, there is nothing more restful than sleeping babies and nothing to do! While the babies napped I sat on the porch and looked out over the lake enjoying being still & quiet - no dishes or laundry to do. I cherished this blessed time of relaxation & reflection.
Lucas relaxing & looking out at the lake on our front porch.
Later we borrowed a couple of the jogging strollers they have on the Island and took the babies for a walk. It turns out that Allie isn't super into bumpy rides...At the end of the day, people started to arrive, and we enjoyed greeting our friends as they came. The excitement was building. We had hoped to take turns hanging out at the social snack time in the evening, but we were so exhausted from the lack of sleep the night before (as mentioned in the previous post) that we crashed early.
Riding in style!
Saturday I was in the nursery during the first session & Lucas was with the youth. The nursery was a fun challenge. I learned that 2 are all I can handle! Even with help, 5 babies were overwhelming - especilly when 4 out of the 5 were crying! Unfortunately, this was the twins naptime, and they weren't able to sleep - which led to a rough rest of the day. In the afternoon, the twins attended their first Sandy Island canoe race. The canoe race is a cherished Sandy Island tradition - so much so that it was not cancelled despite the pouring rain!
Our family at Sandy Island 2009
Despite the difficult moments, we had a really wonderful time, and are so thankful for the time there. The first, cold night the weekend stretched out unendingly before us, and I wondered if we made it. Then, somehow, it was time for us to rush to the dock to meet our boat.