I haven’t updated you yet. Retreat was the first weekend in May. You knew I would have a wonderful time, didn’t you?

It was nice to be a part of such a wonderful group of friends for the weekend.  Everyone took turns helping me.  I used a wheelchair, or rather, I sat in one while someone else muscled me to wherever we needed to be.  All of the food was buffet style, and the girls served me at the table. I didn’t complain to my waitress or send anything back!

Saturday afternoon was free time.  I kind of wanted to ride a horse, but it was downhill and I didn’t want Kelly to have to push me back up the hill in the wheelchair.  (At some point I realized we could have driven up and down the hill. Maybe I will ride a horse next year!) Instead, we explored the grounds trying to find the pool and the thrift store. It was not paved, so the going was rough- mostly on Kelly, and maybe a little bit on my backside.  Mission accomplished! Thrift store shoppers rejoice!

Let me tell you, that girl took a good nap when we got back to the room!

Sometimes you need to get away with your friends. Even if you have MS. Even if it might be hard to navigate.  Even if you are weak most days and wonder how this will ever work.

I relaxed with my friends. I was able to save my strength because we used the wheelchair and did not try to navigate through a buffet with a walker. It was a relief to let them help me. It was a relief to not spend my energy trying to walk. The teaching was good, the time together was amazing . We laughed (and laughed and laughed) and enjoyed every minute. These women are the hands and feet of Jesus. The love they showed me was literally my strength for the weekend.

How often over the many years have these women been my strength and I had not even thought about it? They are faithful to love. They are faithful to pray. They are faithful to come alongside. I am so thankful for them.

How can we be someone’s strength today?  God bless you, my friends.




  1. AMcGowan said,

    June 16, 2016 at 10:22 am

    My first outting in a wheelchair was similar. I was hyper-sensative to my “pushers” though… And once I lay that go it was a better day. They weren’t burdened, but happy I could do more stuff than usual! I’m so glad you had a good time!

    • annita said,

      June 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

      My very first outting with one was to an Air Museum with my husband & family. A couple of times he got excited to go look at something and left me facing a wall! It was so funny.

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