While the big kids and Eric were off at youth camp for the second half of the week, Sarah (our amazing Missionary Associate) stayed home with the littles and I had the opportunity to take a personal retreat. I went to Jinja and stayed in a super sweet banda at a retreat center on the banks of the Nile. Although most Ugandans would probably consider me clinically depressed for wanting to be by myself for a few days (A Ugandan would never be alone by choice) my intent was merely to spend some quality, uninterrupted time with Jesus. And I highly, highly recommend this to any person who leads a life filled with people...be they big or little. :) I love my quiet time in the morning reading my Bible, journaling and praying, but time constraints and the pitter patter of little feet wanting a morning snuggle, often cause me to wrap things up earlier than I want. I took off from here wanting extended time for prayer, Bible reading and refreshment. I downloaded a series by Elizabeth Elliot called Suffering is Not for Nothing. It was so so good! (Although you do have to look past the 80s fashion styles...oy!) I am super thankful to all my helpers for letting me do this. It was a huge blessing to me and hopefully my family will also reap the fruit of this time as well!