The annual Lee Family Retreat was scheduled for August 2017. But my little compartment syndrome episode the day before, put it on hold. Thankfully, we managed to get away for the retreat in November.
This year, we stayed at a place near Grass Valley with a big old pond.
It was very scenic and a perfect place for our retreat. And guess who loved being in the boats?
I'm not sure you can see it, but Andrew's doing a little fishing from the boat. The boys and girl love to fish. Unfortunately, like most fishing, they didn't catch anything. I think the fish were dormant since it was so late in the season.
As we reflected on the past year, we had much to be thankful for. God, as usual, was so faithful, so kind, so good, and so active in our lives. Personally, there was more healing and more growth in contentment. It was also so good to see how much the boys and girl had grown this past year too. It's so amazing to see God work in the lives of our children.
The past year we managed to add the following memory verses to the collection:
1 Corinthians 10:31
2 Timothy 3:17
And read the following books together:
1 & 2 Chronicles
With Andrew completing his first year in HS, Matthew completing his first year in MS, and Emery completing her first year in public school, there were a lot of changes. The boys and girl are going out more and more into the world and doing things on their own. The choices they made with their friendships, their academics, and their extra-curricular activities have been good. I have really been impressed with their follow through to invite friends to evangelistic outreaches at church. We have intentionally tried to cultivate a love for the lost as the boys and girl are a part of this world. It's a very different world now, parenting these teens and tweens. I have been working hard to give them more freedom and more space to make their own choices while still working on growing our relationship and the connection to talk through things. I hope they will develop a biblical worldview through it all, but they have to make their own choices based on their own reasoning. It's very humbling as a parent now.