Wait? More fun?

I had every intention of getting right back to work on the Monday following the cruise. Honest, I did. But when our daughter called over the weekend and asked if we’d like to join them at Knoebels Amusement Park on Monday, well, it didn’t take us too long to say – “Of Course!”

Even though we’ve only been to Knoebels once before (during our 2015 Adventure with granddaughter Hayley)
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we are big fans of this amusement park. We love that there is no admission fee, that you can either purchase an “All Rides” wrist band or just purchase tickets for the rides you want to take. The food isn’t too pricey, the rides are everything from vintage to state of the art, and the general feel of the park is oh-so-very family friendly.
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We met with Lara and Herbert and kiddos Ellie (11), Maddie (Toby’s daughter, 10) and Alexandra (3.75) by the Ferris Wheel and the park did not disappoint!

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Grams and Pops took care of some of the more mild rides.
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We also handled all of the watching of the bags and keeping track of kids that were too small to go (or didn’t want to go) on the big ‘coasters-
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(Despite the look on Maddie’s face – she WANTED to go on that ride!)
Lara, Herbert and Maddie did all the big roller coasters, but only Maddie and Herbert were brave enough to do the StratosFear!
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Yikes!
Spending the day with Lara and Herbert and these three cuties
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was a total delight. We got home late that night, exhausted but happy and content. It was a totally unexpected, totally delicious, impromptu day of fun!
Here are some additional pictures of our time at Knoebels. But I think this one, taken by Herbert, is one of my favorites!
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Oh, those faces!!!

The Sisters’ Cruise

OK.
The emails have been reviewed.
The SOWER newsletter is ready to go.
The banking and the credit cards have all been reconciled.
The pictures have been sorted.
I even put in a full SOWER work week.
Finally – a quiet afternoon (well, except for the shouting on the TV from the World Cup Finals) to write about The Sisters’ Cruise.
Oh. My.
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To say that this long anticipated Sisters’ Cruise lived up to our expectations would have to be an understatement. Our days started with coffee and Colossians (often on our sweet balcony)
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and often ended with more balcony time and beautiful sunsets.
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Or maybe a full moon, shimmering on the calm sea.
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And in between? A bit of pool sitting,
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a bit of game playing,
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a bit of eating (ok, maybe more than a bit of that!),
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a bit of napping,
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a bit of reading
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and a bit of being entertained.
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(loved our seats!)
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(In all honesty, we didn’t love ALL the entertainment, but we did love that we had the option to be entertained each night!)
The ship docked at four different ports – Portland (ME), Bar Harbor (ME), St. John (NB) and Halifax (NS). We opted to stay on the ship for the two Maine stops, and thoroughly enjoyed the quiet ship on those days.
Our view of Portland –
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Our view of Bar Harbor –
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We did enjoy bus excursions in both St. John and Halifax –
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The Sea Caves at St. Martins (Bay of Fundy)
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Peggy’s Cove, near Halifax, Nova Scotia
We relished each and every day – whether we were busy learning about the Bay of Fundy or the great Halifax Explosion of 1917 or just sitting on the deck watching the world go by.
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Each day we thanked God for His faithfulness to us, His kindness to us in allowing us to have this oh-so-special time together, and the wonderful gift of our sisterhood (both in Him and by blood). To Him be all the praise and glory!!

Thanks for being patient with the long gaps between posts.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse of our Sisters’ Cruise 2018 and if you’d like to see some additional pictures (more or less in order!) you can check them out HERE!

Four Fabulous Days

Did you ever come to a particular place in your life when you want to pinch yourself because you can hardly believe you are getting to do something? Gary and I often feel that way as we travel across this country – even with all the ups and downs, we still feel incredibly blessed to be able to do what we do.

Well, that’s how I’m feeling about my current circumstances.  Last week  I spent a Fabulous Four Days with two of my closest SOWER buddies.
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Jenny flew in from South Dakota, Kim and I picked her up in Burlington, and we spent four kick-back, chocolate-eating, pool sitting, coffee on the deck days at a condo at Smugglers Notch Resort, Vermont.
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We slept late (well, late-ish anyway), lounged around, and had a major gabfest for those four days!
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We checked out a local farm market,
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visited the fabulous (if you like this sort of thing) Hope Cemetery in Barre
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and even (ok, I insisted!) took a beautiful drive to The Cabin, where my SOWER sister world collided with my Sister sister World.
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And oh what a glorious collision it was!
When our four days were up, and we’d said our last ‘see ya later’ s, I headed back to the cabin (to be happily reunited with Gary) for our annual business meeting.
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Although not all of these people were actually at the meeting, they were there for a wonderful family meal. It was an amazing afternoon!
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(Thankfully only 4 of us were spending the night!)
We were back in Montrose by Sunday evening, and back to work Monday morning.
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But my anticipation level was still running high, because tomorrow (YES – TOMORROW) I’m deserting my sweet, precious, oh-so-patient husband again, and going on a seven day New England and Canada cruise with my sisters!!!
Oh. My. Goodness.
When we started talking about this cruise last summer (“Let’s put down a deposit, we can always get our money back if we change our minds.” I said.) we had no idea just how precious this cruise would be. With Elna’s recent cancer diagnosis (she’s doing really well – virtually no side effects from the Opdivo therapy 🙂 ) we have all become aware of how quickly our lives can change. To say we are relishing this next week, would be quite the understatement.

So to the 4 husbands who have (mostly) joyfully shared their wives with me last week and then next week, I can only say thank-you, thank-you, thank-you and thank-you. And to my sweet husband who has had to do double duty of ‘batchin’ it’ I say – You’re the BEST!!!

Oh – and another reason to pinch myself? All of Gary’s cardio tests came back with that lovely word “Normal” attached. The cardio Dr. doesn’t want to see him again for year, and we already have regular appointments with our Primary Care doctor for later in July. Thank you for your prayers – our God has been very gracious to us!!

Thanks for stopping by! It’ll be quiet next week, because I’ll be crusin!

PS – If you’d like to see more of my SOWER sisters and I having a grand time in Vermont, you can check out additional pictures HERE!. (Warning, there may or may not be food pictures involved!)

Flag Day and the answer

Happy Flag Day everyone!
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Have you been having a good week? Aside from an excursion to the cardiologist on Wednesday (tests went well – but no word yet.), I’ve been busy helping with the Big Bed Shuffle here at the conference center. Remember all those mattresses that were delivered a week or so ago?
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and then ALL those beds had to be made! Ah, job security!
Gary, who has been on ‘light duty’ since this whole heart thing started, kept busy making all the bed frames for those new queen beds.
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Neither he or I were actually involved in the shuffling of all the mattresses (thank goodness!). Just the pre- and after-math of said shuffle!! All in all, it was a good and productive week!
This weekend we head to upstate NY for a weekend visit with our good SOWER friends, Joe & Kim. =) At the end of the weekend, Gary will head back by himself and I’ll hang around in NY until Kim and I pick-up our other dear friend Jenny at the airport on Tuesday for a much anticipated Girls’ Getaway!!
Watch out – here comes trouble!
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Oh – the Where in the World Wednesday location? I had a lot of good guess over on Facebook, and lots of them got it right away.

Mount St. Helens in Washington State.  The mountain missing it’s main peak since its 1980 eruption.
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Where in the World Wednesday

Hi! We leave bright and early this morning for the 2nd stage of Gary’s nuclear stress test and his echo-cardiogram, but I didn’t want to miss posting this weeks mystery location. Gary’s been giving me lots of grief about how ambiguous the photos are that I’ve chosen, so I thought that this week I’d pick one that (I believe anyway) is a bit more distinctive.

 Any guesses?

PS – About Gary’s tests – so far none have shown any red flags. So no answers yet, but no scary answers yet either! Thanks for praying!

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!