i am having photo and computer problems but i really wanted to let you all know what was the result of last weekend. turns out there really wasn't any real reason for my son not wanting to go to the retreat...just a strong will and an inability to change his mind (actually no desire to change his mind!) once he had made it!
he went to sunday school and everyone was talking about how much fun they had....he regretted not going - and is looking forward to the next one (sadly in 2 years now) and to being old enough to be in the youth group this year and participating in all the activities. he is also refocused on his confirmation classes and being part of that group. so all is - thankfully - well.
thank you all for taking the time to read my blog for all your comments!