It's odd to look back at my little 'ole blog and not see the last year. So I'm going to try and create some type of summary. We'll see how that goes! To start catching up, I have to go back to the end of May 2014.
Y'all remember how I feel about May, right? Well, last May was a little better than our norm. John and I went to Maui on a Love Song Couples Getaway. It was the first time we'd left our kids for more than 2 nights since we got married. It was a weird trip. I had a really hard time leaving our kids, especially during the peek May/end-of-school crazy business. We patched together an amazing group to hang with our kiddos and that made it infinitely better. But still hard, because, well, I'm a neurotic mama bear. (To say the least.)
The retreat was held at the Grand Wailea in Maui. It was a beautiful venue. Those in charge of the (quite expensive) event? Were younger than us by a decade or so. And as an event planner? I found a lot of fault with how they managed it. But what I didn't find fault in? Was the absolutely amazing worship, led by some fabulous Christian artists. Also, one of the speakers was Gary Chapman. So between Mercy Me and Gary Chapman? And an oceanfront acoustic concert and outdoor movie at the Olowalu Plantation House? That was probably worth the price of the whole deal. We also were blessed to meet a couple that we came to absolutely adore. So all in all? It was an amazing experience. We might even consider doing it again . . . someday.
(That is Bart Millard from Mercy Me landing an epic photobomb in the lower right photo. He was pretty game. I have to give him props for that.)
All that being said, while I love, love, loved the music and some of the teaching . . . I treasured the opportunities for John and I to serve each other communion the most. Isn't that crazy? As followers of Christ, we have the ability to serve one another the act of communion. Yet we spent thousands of dollars to practice this? (Although we were on the beautiful beaches of Maui, which admittedly made it all that much prettier.) But again, tropical location-wise? John and I both prefer Kauai to Maui. Even if the large majority of our friends and family disagree. So yes, May 2014. Better than most Mays. Definitely more expensive than the typical month. Lots of amazing experiences. But still a lot of push and pull. Putting fires out. Trying to find the light within the crowded times.
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Always seeking the light.