Dear Windermere Friends,
I am often asked about who are the people who come to Windermere? One answer that surprises people is this – about 25% of Windermere contracted revenue comes from families. In other words we host a lot of family reunions. I think that is great.
- Windermere is the perfect place for a family devotion and nature hike. During the hike look for crosses along the path. Tree limbs that form a cross, roots that form a cross etc. At the end of the hike sing a song as a family that refers to the cross.
- In the Old Testament Samuel set up a stone monument called an Ebenezer which means “stone of help.” 1 Samuel 7:12-13. As a family find enough medium sized rocks around the lake. Write the name of each family member on the rock and then have them write one thing God has helped them with…on each rock.
- In talking with families, each member has a favorite Windermere spot. Pick a set time at each of those favorite spots. Use that time to voice a special blessing for each family member on their favorite spot.
- The best family practice is the “family tradition.” Most of the time, it involves a meal. The guys fire up the grill and the ladies take care of the side items and dessert. Windermere long ago decided that our family cabins and lodges would be places for families to do their own cooking.
- Some parents find great value in working together on a service project. The good thing about Windermere is that we have 126 buildings so ongoing maintenance projects are a regular part of each day year round. We can work together.
- Family Frisbee golf. The family divides equally and plays on our Frisbee golf course. If the family has small children, they can adapt it. Use a kick ball/soccer ball. Little ones can kick. First one to hit the basket with the ball wins the hole.
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611