Looking for an Outlet Mall
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2005 May 27
I am hurriedly writing these words because Marlene is starting to pack her bags. It's time to check out of the motel and go to breakfast. Then we're heading for an outlet mall. Then we hit the road for a two-hour drive. Yesterday we were in Oak Park, today we're in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Tonight we'll be in at Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, WI. The camp is aptly-named because they built it in the middle of the woods on the shores of James Lake. It's far removed from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.
We drove four-and-a-half hours to get to the motel yesterday. As we drove along, I felt myself relaxing. The last few days and weeks have been pressure-filled and quite stressful. It's good to have a few days away. I'm speaking for the Memorial Weekend Family Camp Saturday-Monday. Marlene and I decided to come up a day early for a mini-vacation. We're off to a good start because we stopped at Culver's for dinner. Besides their incredible "concrete" ice cream desserts, they make the best fried cheese curds in the world. The change of scenery and the drive and being with Marlene, all of it relaxes the mind, the body and the soul.
A few minutes ago Marlene asked, "Is it true they have an outlet mall here?" I immediately said yes. I have no idea if that's right or not, but we'll find out later this morning.
We're glad to be here, I'm feeling better already, and it's time to wrap up this entry. Got to eat breakfast with my sweetheart and then try to find that outlet mall.
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