Jack looks like a natural!
After Vermont we headed to upstate New York for our annual staff conference. It's a conference put on by our regional directors just for the Campus Crusade staff in the Northeast. For the first couple of years Joe and I really sort of dreaded this conference- long drive, a lot of people we didn't really know well, and almost every year one or both of us would catch some awful illness during the conference and be sick over Thanksgiving. A couple of years ago though we decided that we needed to have a better attitude about the conference. And ever since then it's been much better- go figure! In fact, other than the drive (and possibility for illness) we were sort of looking forward to it this year. And in the end we rather enjoyed it... seeing good friends (yes, some of those people we didn't know well have become good friends), good food, and a little bit of relaxing and reconnecting with the Lord. We had meetings in the mornings and evenings, but in the afternoon we had free time. Joe and I spent a part of two afternoons at the camp's indoor climbing wall. Above is a few pictures from the afternoon we climbed with our very good friends, the Brenners. And yes, it won't be long before Lily is climbing these walls too!:) Overall it was a good couple of days. And even the dreaded eight and a half hour drive home to Joe's family wasn't so bad- much to our amazement our active little Lily did wonderfully on the drive- so much better than we ever could have thought!