A few weeks ago, I spoke at a high school retreat for Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport, Iowa. I spoke three times between Friday and Saturday night. The camp where we were was in DeWitt, Iowa, about 30 minutes from Moline. As a gift, they blessed my socks off with an honorarium for speaking! So, we decided to use that money toward a short family retreat to bring a small reprieve from my ministry responsibilities, as well as, my seminary studies. So Kathee found a park online that rents cabins year-round. And so we ended up staying at Wildlife Prairie Park outside of Peoria, IL, about an hour and a half from Moline.
This was the view from the kitchen window. And if there's one thing I love in a place, it's big windows for me to sit and watch nature. So it was a blast seeing all the water fowl, the deer, the raccoon, and other animals that made passing by the window a daily happening.
Gideon and Hope helped get "camp" set up right from the start.
When we got back from our hike, there were 11 deer right outside the window. After the kids got a good look, I opened the back door to get a picture. They were GONE in a heartbeat!
At the end of the night, after the kids were in bed, Kathee got to sit and (re)read one of her favorite book series, and I was able to start a book I've wanted to read since college, J. Gresham Machen's Christianity and Liberalism.