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The Sisters’ Cruise

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.
2018 Cruise - Day 6 - Halifax-09
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)
2018 Cruise - Day 3 - Portland-2
and often ended with more balcony time and beautiful sunsets.
2018 Cruise - Day 3 - Portland-6
Or maybe a full moon, shimmering on the calm sea.
2018 Cruise - Day 2 - at sea-11
And in between? A bit of pool sitting,
2018 Cruise - Day 3 - Portland-3
a bit of game playing,
2018 Cruise - Day One - NY-15
a bit of eating (ok, maybe more than a bit of that!),
2018 Cruise - Day 2 - at sea-08
a bit of napping,
2018 Cruise - Day 2 - at sea-04
a bit of reading
2018 Cruise - Day 2 - at sea-07
and a bit of being entertained.
2018 Cruise - Day One - NY-14
(loved our seats!)
2018 Cruise - Day 3 - Portland-5
(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 –
2018 Cruise - Day 3 - Portland-4
Our view of Bar Harbor –
2018 Cruise - Day 4 - Bar Harb-4
We did enjoy bus excursions in both St. John and Halifax –
2018 Cruise - Day 5 - St John-09
The Sea Caves at St. Martins (Bay of Fundy)
2018 Cruise - Day 6 - Halifax-25
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.
2018 Cruise - Day One - NY-06

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!

We’re Baaaaaaack

Is it Tuesday already? Although we have returned from our Oh-So-Fun Cruise
I am no where near to being caught up on my life in general. We have arrived at our April SOWER ministry/project and are getting settled (and catching up on emails, etc.). Before I can share about the monkeys and zip lines and snorkeling adventures, I need to organize and process the photos from the SOWER TX Round-up.
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And before I can do that I need to put together the SOWER newsletter (already past the deadline).
So – this little mini-post is just to say Hi – and I’ll be back soon. Honest!
Our new neighborhood (that’s us behind the white truck). =)

Reflection and Anticipation

This past week has been crazy wonderful. Or maybe I should say it’s been crazy AND wonderful! We started off the week with the 2017 SOWER Ministry Texas Round-up.  With the campground full (30 rigs), and the fire pit going all the time, it was a wonderful three days of fellowship. Since I haven’t even begun to sort through the pictures (and hilarious videos) from that, the ‘Round-up reflection’ will have to wait. Because pretty much from the moment we waved good-bye to last RV pulling out on Wednesday, we (ok, mostly ME) have been in GET READY FOR THE CRUISE mode. While our traveling companions are more seasoned Cruisers, this is an absolute first for us. (I’m pretty sure taking that ferry across Lake Champlain doesn’t count.) Here is just a partial list of our cruise preparations this week-
Collecting seasick remedy/preventions and sunscreens
Better safe than sorry, right?
Getting a hair cut –
Yes, I am getting a “Flo-bee” haircut by Jenny. Quite the experience, let me tell you!
(Gary got a hair cut too – just no documentation!)
Getting a pedicure
Seven of us ‘left-overs’ from the Round-up descended on a local nail salon to get the full treatment.
We had such a blast as those two hard-working manicurists worked their way through our toes!
That shop may never be the same.
Last minute shopping – We made sure we had swimming shoes (we’re going snorkeling at one of our stops) and floppy hats for the sun.
Fashion Consultation
We girls had several fashion consults with each other to make sure we were taking the right clothes. I’m sure the Cruise Fashion Patrol has long since retired, but it sure was fun putting together outfits and coming up with our “Dinner Wear”.
(The guys, of course, threw 3 pairs of shorts, a jacket and 4 shirts in their suitcase and they were good to go.)

Tonight we’re gathering for a Clean Out the Refrigerator dinner, one final check to make sure we have all our ducks in a row, and then tomorrow morning we head to Galveston. To say we are super excited (and maybe a little nervous, it being the first time and all) is a bit of an understatement. We’ve decided to go completely unplugged for the week so don’t be expecting any daily updates. My iPhone will only be used for picture-taking, and my tablet for devotions and reading. The computer is staying home. And this little corner of the internet will be oh-so-quiet for the next week-plus – since we return and then hit the road right away the following morning!.
Thanks for stopping by – and we’ll ‘talk’ again soon!