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Posted February 17, 2015 by
Tags: Traditions Fun

by Jackie Ribbe, wife of HoneyRock Director, Rob Ribbe

When I had small children, Valentine’s Day was one of our favorite times of the year. What mom wouldn’t gush with love after receiving sweet wishes from preschoolers who spoke simply from their hearts such sentiments as “I luv you more than anyone in the world” and “I want to marry you mommy!” Now I am the mom of four teenagers, and while my daughter is still quick to express her love, the boys…well…let’s just say it isn’t their favorite day of the year anymore!

Today I find myself reflecting on my greatest earthly love! My courtship with Rob began over 25 years ago at none other than the most romantic place on earth….HoneyRock! In 1989, Rob and I led a two-week wilderness trip with 8 juvenile delinquent boys from McHenry County. It was during that time we realized we made a great team! I also think that if you are still attracted to each other after two weeks of living in the woods, it is meant to be!

So, two years later on September 14, 1991, we sealed the deal and were married in the old HoneyRock Dyrness chapel. What a fun weekend of celebrating with 150 family and friends, topping off the festivities with a “hoot-n-hollerin” square dance!

Rob and Jackie Ribbe at HoneyRock, Wheaton College's outdoor center for leadership development

I am so thankful for that time of my life. I am also grateful that we were able to commemorate our special day with an engraved “ Stone of Remembrance.” Our paver joins many others lining the walkway to the entrance of the new HoneyRock chapel.

Rob and Jackie Ribbe at HoneyRock, Wheaton College's outdoor center for leadership development

Anyone entering this beautiful place of worship is walking over testimonies of God’s work through HoneyRock, many being similar love stories to Rob and mine. Share your story of love found at HoneyRock ...

Regardless if your HoneyRock story is one of finding human love or something entirely different, they all reflect the greatest love possible:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16