This weekend we headed up to White Sulphur Springs for our Bible study retreat. Because there was a wedding up at the big new hotel, we got to stay at Harrison House. This is where all my memories of summers spent at WSS took place, as well as memories from when we had a lot less kids, so it is a pretty special place! I really love the comforts of the new hotel . . . but there is a lot to love about the old hotel! They had just finished renovating all the bathrooms in Harrison House, so that was super nice. We had such a grand time this weekend, and it was really lovely to have the place all to ourselves. We didn't have to worry about kids disturbing people working, or anything like that. It was great!
Bob and I took a nice walk after lunch (although our shoes got wet!), and the kids did a lot of bowling. They all went rock-climbing in the afternoon too, even Micah and Drew! And of course there was lots of just visiting on the porch. John H. and I had been discussing why everyone really likes rocking on the porch of the old hotel, even though the new hotel has a perfectly lovely porch, with a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains. I think it's because at the old hotel, you are down in the trees, which are restful in and of themselves, and you can hear the birds and the water from the creek across the street. It really is so peaceful.
I totally paid no attention to my paleo diet this weekend. I ate pancakes, pizza, brownies, chips . . . all things I haven't eaten in 6 weeks! I enjoyed it too! I'm sure I gained back 5 pounds, lol. I guess it's back on the wagon tomorrow. I'm very thankful for a relaxing weekend with good friends who are like family! What a blessing!