On April 6-8, Juanita and I had the opportunity to attend the SGM Pastors and Wives conference at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland (near Washington, D.C.). We decided to take a family vacation at the same time - as a homeschool family we couldn't miss the educational opportunities in the area and, besides, we like being with our kids.
We left for D.C. on March 31 and arrived home in the wee hours of Good Friday. The trip overall was great, but the conference was the highlight. It was refreshing to hear the preaching, participate in the worship and meet several people who were very encouraging.
There is much more that could be said about the conference, but I'll just encourage you to get the MP3s when they are available (soon, I hope). I'll link to them when they show up.
We're thankful that we had this opportunity and for the new friends that we made along the way.
We took lots of pictures, but here's a brief representation of where we went before the conference:
Williamsburg, VA. Highly recommended!
Jamestown, VA - We only took a quick tour here, but this community was established in 1607. The recreations were neat, but the ships were the best!
The National Gallery, Washington, D.C. I took lots of pictures here, but I'll just post two.
There were a couple of copyists working at the gallery. We talked with this fellow for a while.
A view of the main gallery from the modern art gallery. Notice the cherry blossoms - we hit D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
There is so much to see in D.C. and area. I don't know if or when we'll make it that way again, but we made some good memories this trip.