Arthur and Rebekah left yesterday for Nashville, on a 2 day retreat. This is a trip Arthur takes with the kids when they turn 13. Elizabeth and Arthur went to Gatlinburg (she didn't get to pick her trip, it was a total surprise). They went to the Ripley's Aquarium, shopping, and it snowed while there...we don't see much snow so that was really neat. Amanda and Arthur went to Dahlonega, Ga. Amanda wanted to go there for the tubing, shopping, and she enjoys the little German village. Rebekah picked Nashville, she wanted to go to Nashville Shores,Dave & Busters, and shopping. This trip is about more than just fun or Dad/daughter time.
The part of the trip that is the most important is the time spent in prayer and teaching. While on the trip Arthur does a workbook by Dennis & Barbara Rainey called Passport2Purity
On the final day each of the girls have been given a signet ring with "M" monogrammed on it. The ring is a reminder of who they are, and to stand strong in their beliefs. It will one day be replaced by their engagement ring........for the next chapter in their lives.
One of our favorite scriptures has always been........
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.