|Fabulous weekend celebrating 2nd enniversary
||[Jun. 19th, 2005|09:40 pm]
As I mentioned before, we signed up for a Marriage Encounter retreat. I've loved retreats ever since I was in HS- went from being a recipient to being a presenter, and stuck with it all through HS. Got away from it in college, and haven't been on one in 7 years. Marriage Encounter is a Catholic funded organization that does weekend retreats for Christians in general, and Catholics specifically. Its geared towards those with good relationships who want to become even closer, not those who are on the brink of divorce. My parents have been encouraging us to go on one since we married and we finally got everything together and went.|
It was wonderful. I consider Caleb and I to have a pretty darn good relationship, and we learned SO much about each other. The format is a topic/talk is given, you're given a question, have 10-15 minutes to write separately on it, meet back in your rooms and discuss it. The questions ranged from "what is the quality of my spouse I most appreciate?" to discussing death and other deep topics. You think you know your spouse so well, but Caleb really suprised me with some of his answers and thoughts, and I know I surprised him as well. It really was a weekend to remember and cherish. We hope to do them every few years to connect because this one was so fulfilling. For those of you that are Christian/Catholic, I REALLY recommend this weekend- it really was one for us to remember, and for the registration fee of $55 we had our own private room, and all the food and materials provided.
The weekend was held at the St Marlo Retreat house, where Pope John Paul II stayed when he visited Denver for World Youth Day back in the 1993. My experience with retreats/camps consisted of large cabins, usually wood stove heated (quite fun in Alaska in January), with communal bathrooms that you thanked God if the toilets actually flushed, and were a frosty jog from your cabin. So I was prepared to say the least. I was completely taken away at the facilities, while certainly not posh, were at least on the scale of a standard Best Western or Holiday Inn.
So I guess I'll get to the good stuff- Pics!
St Catherines- AKA Chapel on the Rock- the foundation is a natural granite formation- and you see it as you drive up
The View from our private balcony
The actual retreat facility
Caleb and I up on our balcony:
Caleb and I