Last Friday, my family and I headed for Branson, MO. If you have never been to Branson, it is like the entertainment capital of the world. There are shows, galleries, shops galore and great eating. Anyway, every summer right before the beginning of our hectic summer calendar, my wife insits we take a couple of days to get re-charged before the summer craze begins. Her advice is well worth it every year.

This year,  we stayed at the Ozark Mountain Resort, in a condo near Table Rock Lake. We got to go out to Silver Dollar City, Celebration City and the new Branson Landing. It was a good short trip.


In addition to taking a mini-vacation I also turned 30 on Saturday. It is weird and yet satisfying to say I am no longer in my 20’s. This past week at church, the singing group from Pepperdine University, Won By One, was out on their summer tour and one of their singers is one of our former members, and well needless to say my wife persuaded them to sing happy birthday to me. It was without a doubt the most beautiful rendition of happy birthday I have ever heard.

Some wisdom I have gained from 3 decades of living:

1. Mom and dad were a whole lot smarter than I gave them credit for.

2. Younger brothers are and should be life long friends

3. Your children understand more than you realize

4. Turning 30 isn’t the end of the world.

5. 25 years ago sure sounds like a long time ago!


About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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  1. That’s great that you had such a good time while you were here! Celebration City is adding some new rides and there are several new attractions in town that you should be sure to check out on your next visit. Glad you had fun!

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