Several years ago, a group of ladies from a Bible study group at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Brandon, Mississippi, thought it would be a good idea to have a "retreat." The first such gathering of members and spouses was on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The following year it was in the Smokey Mountains. In subsequent years, gatherings have been at Bed and Breakfast locations throughout the Smokies and the Ozarks. Most of the members of this group have retired and scattered to points as diverse as Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, and South Dakota. A few remain in the Brandon area.
This photo is from our most recent "retreat" at a Bed and Breakfast near Heber Springs, Arkansas. Alas, Bob & Jimmie Ray and Janis were unable to attend this year. And Pat & Linda had to duck out early, so they weren't captured in this group photo. Next year, we hope for a "full house" as we plan to gather back on the beautiful Gulf Coast! And, as I reflect on this photo, we should have put the beauties in the front and the beasts in the back.