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The Obvious “How Was The Retreat?” Post. :-)

It was great, thanks! We had tons of fun.

We met up at the church at around 5:30 Friday afternoon and piled into the bus to head out to Granbury shortly thereafter. After stopping in Benbrook at Whataburger for dinner, we made it to the lake in reasonable time. The Maier family’s lake house is just gorgeous. I’m kicking myself for not taking any pictures of the house itself, so all I can do is tell you that it’s three stories tall, and the back yard slopes down right into Lake Granbury. Bottom floor has the garage, a couple of bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a family room. Second floor has a couple more bedrooms, another living room, another kitchen, and a screened-in balcony overlooking the lake. Third floor is just one big media room dominated by a totally awesome HD projector system with surround sound. Some of us guys slept out on the balcony the first night. After we all woke up with severe back pain from sleeping on a tile floor, we moved up to the media room and slept there the second night.

After arriving Friday night, Matt led us through a good Bible Study session. I bought a brand-new Moleskine that I wanted to start using this weekend, and I’m proud to say that I’m really starting to take good notes for the first time ever in Bible Study. After that, we played a favorite game of the Refuge group, Murder in the Dark. Basically, you draw cards, and whoever gets the Ace of Spades is the “murderer.” You turn out all the lights in the house and hide from the murderer, and he/she skulks around and “kills” people by tapping them on the shoulder. You have to guess who the murderer is before you get killed. The trick is, if you guess wrong and call out the wrong name, you’re out of the game for that round. The person who correctly guesses the murderer’s identity gets a cherished “Aww, MAAAAN!” from the murderer, and then you move on to the next round. It’s a lot of fun, especially in a strange house full of antique furniture and a strategically placed china hutch. Don’t worry, we didn’t break anything.

Saturday morning, some of the guys cooked up some mighty fine breakfast burritos, and we had another Bible Study with Matt before splitting up into two groups for the day. One group consisted of most of the guys. They went golfing while the remaining four (including yours truly) went with the ladies to Town Square for a fun afternoon of walking around and trying to find manly things to do…

But seriously, we had a lot of fun. Had a really good burger at a little café, and we had ice cream at a cool little place called the Nutshell. Had a real ’50s vibe to it, but the store owner flippin’ burgers in the back was wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt. LOL! Regardless, it was really cool, and I got to spend some good time hanging out with three of the guys that I haven’t had much time with since they joined our class. And the ladies, including my sweetie pie, were just a blessing to hang out with.



We got back to the lake house mid-afternoon. The other guys and I went up to the media room to watch the NFL Draft for a while until the rest of the guys came back from golfing. They got sunburned pretty bad, so between that and spending $40 to play, I’m kinda glad I didn’t go that time. 🙂 After an awesome fajita dinner (bravo, ladies!), Erin led us through another Bible Study session, this one a part of the “40 Days of Love” series that our church is in the midst of doing right now.

Once we wrapped that up, we piled into the bus and went to the drive-in to see a double feature of “Fast And Furious” and “Duplicity.” “Furious” was pretty cool, I enjoyed seeing Vin Diesel and Paul Walker driving cool cars again. I think I liked the first one better, though. “Duplicity,” unfortunately, was pretty disappointing. Considering the star power behind it (Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, etc.), it was downright awful. The ending was disappointing as all get out, and not the sort of ending people want to see from what is supposed to be a clever and slick heist movie. Sad. Also didn’t help that we couldn’t hear it very well, and the wind was kicking up a LOT of dust into the air. Blech. 🙂 It was still a cool experience, though. I hadn’t seen a movie at a drive-in since I saw “The Lost World” with my old church’s youth group, and THAT was a sucky experience. The movie was way too dark, and I couldn’t hear a blasted thing. So this was far from the worst movie-going experience I’ve ever had.

Got back to the lake house pretty late that night, and everyone crashed hard. I don’t think anyone stayed up late to chat-chit like many did on the first night. Woke up Sunday morning and had to pack up pretty quick so we could get home in time for church. Not before we stopped at Starbucks, of course. 🙂

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend with my love and my totally awesome friends. The Bible Study sessions were excellent, so kudos to Matt and Erin for doing those. Excellent times all around. And now that I’m back at work on Monday, with broken computers and crazy storms… I’m more than ready to go on the next one now.

Click the pic to see all the photos from the weekend!

Click the pic to see all the photos from the weekend!

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I has a sad cuz the weekends over. :-(

I has a sad cuz the weekend's over. 😦

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