2013 Fall Retreat

  • My Weekend Wrap-Up

all of these “Weekend Wrap Up’s” and Mash-up Monday posts and I always think to myself “I wanna do a weekend recap one day!!”… And then I realize, “Oh wait, I already do, they are called wedding posts”. It’s true…. if I was to blog and recap my weekends the past 6 months it would be wedding after wedding after wedding… well not this weekend people!!!! This weekend Michael and I spent our time a little differently and I’m excited to share it with you! This weekend we were chaperone’s for our Youth Group’s annual fall retreat.

This isn’t new to us, we’ve done this the last 4 years but this weekend was super special to us because we’ve been MIA so much this fall due to wedding season. We took on 42 weddings because we just wanted to be sure that we were safe financially since Michael joined me full time this year AND we built a new house. Well, we now know that 42 weddings is possible but it isn’t something we are going to be doing on an annual basis. Why? Well, we had a ton of Sunday weddings and I missed being a part of our church family. I missed seeing our friends and I missed leading worship! So next year we’re setting some new boundaries so that we can have more balance and we’re really excited about that.

So on to our weekend…. we left Friday afternoon for Camp Willow Run on Lake Gaston… but of course we had to stop and see Catching Fire…. all 50+ of us. We dominated that theater AND the Cici’s pizza that we ate at afterwards. The movie was amazing and our weekend was off to a great start!! I absolutely loved my time with this awesome group of kids! Michael and I are SO SO thankful that we get to be a part of their lives and even though we’re lacking in sleep and energy, the memories that were made were worth it!!!! Enjoy some of the highlights of the retreat!!!


11 Comments Personal
  1. Catherine Marsh reply

    Always loved your personal photos Katelyn ! The Youth Camp looked throughly enjoyable :)

  2. Natalie reply

    This looks like such an incredible weekend!

  3. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    I love this! So glad you and Michael were able to spend some quality time with your high schoolers :)

  4. Siri Salonen reply

    Wait! That camp is set up in box cars in a line just like a train? I love that so much…what fun! Congratulations on making it through 42 weddings (I do 20 and I am shot!) and for finding ways to set boundaries for future seasons…holding your marriage and faith precious:)

  5. Sabrina reply

    These are so fun, Katelyn! Makes me miss serving with our high school students at church :-)
    PS – I’m really glad y’all will be able to tone things down a notch for next year!

  6. Kristina W. reply

    Wow, this weekend looks like so much fun!!!

  7. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Looks like you guys had a blast! Daddy and my brother went to CWR last year for a father-son retreat…it was so neat to see it through your lens!
    On a weird note…I haven’t been able to comment in a few weeks because my computer wouldn’t let my cursor enter the “Name” field. I’m so glad I can go back to commenting! :)

  8. Stacey blizzard reply

    Is Caleb wearing shorts!?!?!? How is he not freezing!

  9. Carrie Logan reply

    Awh this makes me so happy to see you guys so happy. God is faithful.

  10. Caroline S. reply

    I had a great time on the retreat with everyone! These pictures are amazing and are a wonderful momento from a wonderful weekend! Thanks for a great trip, Katelyn! Go Gayton Goats! :)

  11. Brittany@brittanybrookphotography reply

    I can’t get enough of those fall colors!!!!

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