On Friday, my wonderful David and I went out of town for a Family Camp. It was one of those things where they have classes for the men, women, men and women together, and classes for the children so they can have fun and learn some things too while the parents are being taught and edified. I believe I commented about it in my last post. We were a little fearful on the way down there- as in, "What if we are the only people there with no kids?" "What if everyone else already knows each other, and we are just the weird newcomers, and we just feel awkward and don't make any friends?" "What if we stick out like a sore thumb and no one talks to us?"
It turns out that for the most part our fears were unfounded. We did end up being the only childless couple there, but we didn't end up feeling all that weird about it. It's not for lack of desire that we have no children. We ended up feeling so embraced, encouraged, and inspired while we were down there. I was inspired by the women there, and David was discipled, bolstered, and encouraged by the men there. I'm not sure yet where we are as far as fully embracing everything they teach there, but we fully agree with 95% of it. And it was so wonderful to be surrounded with like-minded families. Nancy Campbell is swiftly becoming my favorite author and teacher- while we were down there I bought her manual "The Family Meal Table and Hospitality", and I have started reading it, and it is absolutely wonderful!
Also, while we were there, David felt very convicted that we needed to discontinue our excessive use of TV and make our home into a place of peace. I will have to say that I had some moments where I doubted his seriousness about actually following through on this idea, but once we got home I got much more of an idea just how serious he was. As soon as we got home, he erased the queue of recorded TV shows and disconnected the DVR. Then he said he was going to call the company the next day and pare the service down to just internet and telephone. I am so inspired by his diligent seeking of obedience in our family and home. It has continued to be incredibly peaceful around here, despite my occasional jonesing for some Dr. Phil or Toddlers 'n Tiaras.
Also, I have had more time to concentrate on other things around the house, and as a result, today I made some brownies from scratch, homemade bread, worked out at the gym, and cleaned my house up a bit. I also took a few minutes and chatted with my mom on the phone, and this morning I was out of the house for a few hours for my BSF Bible study. So my time at home has gotten leaps and bounds more productive.
Another good result of the retreat that I have greatly enjoyed is that David has stepped up even more as the spiritual leader of our home. He had already been reading the Bible and other books at night before we go to sleep, but now he has just gotten so much more passionate and fervent in doing devotionals in the morning and evening, praying whenever the need arises, and encouraging me with words of love and appreciation. I feel like such a lucky woman, and I know that God has just been sending a flood of blessings down upon us lately.