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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chicago Chicago

Chicago  Chicago
That is where it started.

then the fun began.


Russ  and Sharon picked us up at o' Hare


On the road

Anyone hungry?


Always.  Have you ever been to Sonic Burgers?


Yum.  and good french fries


Destination, Minnow Haven .  weekend Bible retreat.

At least 10 deer crossing the road   ( photo of dashboard, no deer )


Supper apple pie and much much more


Message: Craig.. one thing I learned:  Follow through on 


nudges to call or encourage someone. 
 ( did it. wrote an email before going to bed)


Treats. cookies with butter icing and much much more 

Hotel in town.  Cozy  and exciting...
(
like finding keys in the door of the car parked next to us. Anyone know a guy named Bud?   ☺ )


A good night's sleep 

Two cups of good coffee, an answer to my email                    ( she was blessed and that blesses me ) 
  And  off to our Bible retreat

Breakfast- cinnamon rolls and much much more.


Message: Ted M ... one thing I  learned: Rejoice in hope, patient in tribulationinstant in prayer and the Lord has great joy in pouring out a blessing



Bible Study: One thing I learned: message in song

♪ ♫  Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us  ♪♪


  

Lunch   brownies with nuts and much much more


Crafts for the kids:

                             


The wise man built his house upon the rocks 
 and the foolish man built his house upon the sand


Crafts for adults 


 here we go with the steps to a piece of art work
     






           










                 Done Beautifully..Amazing 




Message : Bud  . One thing I learned: It is helpful to "draw" a mental picture of a place to help remember the connections. 


Message:   Rob.  One thing I learned:  Be specific in prayer 


and then be ready.


Friends old and new..ok,


        here are some fun shots.











































supper : bread pudding and much much more

Message; Darrell: one thing I learned : There is  more than 


one name for the Sea of Galilee... Tiberias also Gennesaret. 


Treats:  lemon squares  and much much more


Cozy night at hotel




Good Night Sleep


Breakfast at retreat - muffins and ...( you can guess   ☺ )


Children's message:  Choices.

















The kids caught on, and THEY will tell you the message. 



Worship time




Lunch:  real mashed potatoes, with real butter, butter rolls and real butter



on the road again.



Elmhurst with very wonderful friends 

Dinner:  Chocolate and much more


Games and more games. 

 Learned some good ones to teach my little people. 
and some I will not  (   ☺  )



  ( Nelda, I think you would appreciate our use of the board )

 Then it is almost bed time..  Candy on the pillow.



   














  If you forget anything,  our hostess has thought of it



                                           













         sink side,

     
             













   tub side...

even a photo of my grandson













Bubble bath ( they have jets, too )




Breakfast - oatmeal with butter, nuts and berries, and coffee 






Fresh water for the birds




A drive through our old stomping grounds





137 Harrison Street. 




Great adventure:  the Frank Lloyd Wright Tour.   So amazing.

I had no idea. So many photos, it will be a separate post

but just to whet your appetite:  







Lunch:  Horokoto.  huge buffet banana cream pie, ice cream, 


sushi














                                                   









     Entrees for Kathy
                                                      
                                         







  Sushi  for Kathy

                                          













   Desserts: 
 YES Banana cream pie and much much more






Back to our host family







What is not to love about Russ and Sharon ! 


Off to O'Hare. Home.  Memories to last a long time


I live an exciting life.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A True Tale



A  True Tale

It is never too late for an adventure, though it was pretty late in the evening when I got the message.
just about 10:36.

Little Red Riding Hood was inviting me over for a surprise.  It seems the Big Bad Wolf was asleep, so could I possibly join her? 
 
We had almost finished our evening chores, so I got the ok.   Slipped into my boots and a warm jacket and Sabrina and me were on our way  ( I could not go without Sabrina)

Sure enough, the Big Bad Wolf was asleep. He was SNORing.  Little Red Riding Hood had made our favorite popcorn and a pot of coffee.  She had even washed my favorite snugly blanket.
( It is really her favorite, and that is why it is mine too )






We had a great time. We always have a great time together. 


Then, before the stroke of midnight, Sabrina and I were on our way back home.  We are still smiling.


If you have read this far, and you think you know the code, just let me know and You will have a surprise. 
Martha Ann, you will probably be the first to guess, but do not leave any clues. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Where did we have dinner tonight?

It must have started when Martha said  " your hair looks so cute"
     Then Sally said she liked my jacket  ( white with a furry collar )
        Later Ruth told me my hair looked very nice  ( even after a big hug )
          Even my daughter Tiffany noticed...


                       I AM HAVING A GOOD HAIR DAY

So I thought it was time to celebrate

1. We have not been free during the week for a long time and going into Seattle tends to be
     less busy during the week.
2. Still have not celebrated our anniversary
3. When was the last time I had a good hair day ?



Our waiter was Chuck
    My entree was chopped salad
       Dessert:     Zabaglione   

By the way, they are opening in Bellevue, March 17 ! 

I live an exciting life  .

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Octogenarians...keeping an active life

Age is a factor.
        You have to live with it.
              ( is that profound or basic ? )
It just impresses me that there are some Octogenarians that never seem to give their age a second thought.

Like Marie.
      Marie has been living life to the fullest for so long. In fact, there is book about her and her hubby, so I will not go into all the details. 
       There is some proof of her gifts that I captured during a visit last Spring.



 At home in the kitchen. Homemade soup and much, much more
   
canning, lots of canned goods behind those curtains

   
 Quilting...
                    Fine quilting
                      Very fine quilting





And that is just a taste.   


Our next visit was in December


The story is a miracle.  
Marie and her husband were out for a drive and suddenly had car trouble.  No sooner had Sandy gotten out of the car, than an ambulance came by and asked if they needed help.  Yes, they did, so Marie got out of the car, fell down a hill, landed in the mud and broke her hip.   And those medic men were right there.

So we were able to visit her ( you can see her smiling and agreeing to being photographed ).     When we said goodbye we had no idea that in one short week, she went to her heavenly home. 
There are no tears in heaven. 
But she is greatly missed here .