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believe that we have only known these amazing kids and chaperones for 5 months or so. That blows my mind. These kids have become our family and the parents have become our biggest cheerleaders and we’re so thankful…. so so thankful. Getting away for the weekend was absolutely amazing. Winter Retreat just happened to fall right after most kids had just finished a week of exams. It was great timing to get AWAY. Away from school, away from work, away from drama…. the list goes on. This past weekend was a chance for our youth group to just get away and be together.  We took them to one of our favorite places… WATERMARKS. Watermarks is an amazing camp outside of Charlottesville

and I could sing their praises all day long. This camp is family owned and we have been coming here since WE were in high school (which for me was only 5 years ago but hey, who’s counting?).  It was a little strange at first. We showed up and I realized, “Wow….we’re in charge… I am no longer a camper!”. I tend to have moments like this weekly where I realize “Oh…. wow, I’m like a real adult now”. It’s a crazy realization. Michael and I loved taking 50+ kids to camp and getting to hangout with them. The more I’m with them, the more I love them. The weekend was filled with the low ropes course, paintball, rock climbing, Gaga Ball (yes, that’s a real game and it’s awesome), the zip line, great teaching, worship and GOOD FOOD! (When you think of camp food, most people cringe but I must say that Watermark’s has their act together! Yumyum!).  I came home exhausted with a pile of laundry to do but I would do it all over again this weekend if I could. I loved it. God does really cool things when you make time to get away and focus on Him….I should probably do that more often:).

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A special thanks to High Rise for leading worship and Matt Orth from Crossroads for coming to speak! Awesome job!!!

My car made a little pit stop for some photo opts:)

Love these girls!

Welcome to Watermarks!

My WHOLE wonderful family was there for part of the weekend! Emy and Corey worked on staff and I LOVE them:)

These two are on staff and I heart them. Jess (left) and I grew up together and I think we’re related…. yea, pretty sure.

One of my favorites.

Paint ball.

Get it girls!

Don’t miss the VIDEO! It took ALL day to make! You gotta watch it!:)

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Winter Retreat 2011 from Katelyn James on Vimeo.

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