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We spoke at Keith and Joy's church this morning for their pastor appreciation day. What a good day. They have such a great church with great people and no surprise there -- it's a product of them, a true reflection.

 We spoke about being people of honor and how to honor your pastor and their family. Basically saying everything every pastor would like to say, but usually can't...(at their own church.) They seemed to be very appreciative of it. Even Joshua and Kaleb told Larry, "wow -- that was awesome." I think it meant a lot to the kids to hear us tell the congregation what PK's sometimes go through and what they need. Although they have a very honoring church and always have been, a refresher is always in order, and new ideas a good thing. Sherri did such a great job of organizing the whole thing as she has for the past 16 years. They just went to two services, so we did both services, then went to lunch with them at an Italian place that was really good...then visited at their house for a while. What special people they are. It was very heart warming for me to hear the special testimonies honoring them and realizing when somebody is being honored for having that true "pastor's heart"...well, I really understand that. So I could relate to what the people were saying and knew exactly what Keith and Joy really mean to those people who testified and the memories made.

I never realized until this weekend how much Larry and I needed some time together. We go to cohort every other month and I'm always thinking, "well, we go away together..." Yes, we do but the thing is, cohort is the least relaxing thing...it's work. Yes, very energizing work in talking with the others in our group and thoroughly enjoyed, however it does nothing for our marriage. The last thing we are talking about at co-horts is each other, nor spending any intimate time together. In fact we are usually doing our homework and then crashing to get a few hours sleep before waking up for early morning prayer. What a wonderful thing this weekend was. I feel like a different person as a result of it. There are times your marriage needs a serious tune up. Well, this was a good maintenance weekend. Things went very well at our church as expected, and so it was a win/win weekend for everybody! How much I needed this weekend away............no one will ever realize. Thank God for it.

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