Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day... Honoring Hubby

This scrap page began over a year ago... I wanted to give it to him LAST Father's Day. However, because I did not have all the photos of the twenty grandkids to put in his "shadow" and "steps", it had to wait! 

What a difference  you have made in our lives, Preacher! We love you!

Online version:  Steps

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Father's Day... Al and Charity

Al & Charity on the front porch of our first home
in Dearborn Hts MI.

 I was looking for a photo of a DAD for our church bulletin. After searching online for a bit, and then in our ad files, preacher suggested I look for this early photo. My goodness! That was 41 years ago! How fun!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pink! Still love it!

When I was about fifteen my mom made a pink striped dress for me to wear to my cousin Don's wedding. It became my favorite dress of my teen years!

Shopping for my Mother's Day dress this year, I expressed a need for a sun dress before we went to the desert in early June. We were surprised to find THREE dresses to try on that day. We loved all three and could not decide on JUST ONE. Two of the dresses were white with black and pink flower prints. I loved both of them! When we learned they were all on sale at 40% off, we bought all three! I am so blessed! I think this is my favorite of them, but its still hard to choose... Thank you, honey!

Online gallery link.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Desert Getaway Scrapped

These two matching pages may end up on our wall instead of a scrapbook!

Thanks for looking!  See more of the photos in the next two posts!

Online:  oasis;   Birds

Friday, June 4, 2010

La Quinta Randomness...

Nice shot of Al by the fountain sign.

H.B. London and Focus on the Family sponsored
the retreat. Very encouraging meetings. 
Please pray for the ministry during tough times.

The dining hall from another view, and...

... a better perspective of its "SIZE".

This resort was a "get away" for Hollywood stars in its infancy.

 The lobby entrance where celebrities once entered...

... and sat in the foyer.

I'm pretty sure the bird arrived since 1926, however!

This fountain is near the foyer entrance and flowed from 
the top of the garden hill in front of the dining hall.

I loved this walkway we passed thru every meal... 
a very sweet passage.

While we waited for the next session we entertained birds
near the fountain sign... 

.... and even behind Al's back!

As we left the relaxing retreat, we decided to look up
Clint Eastwood's local restaurant the Hog's Breath Inn. 
Great meal before we headed back to the airport!


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Some like it HOT! What a treat!

We were excited to find this Pastors and Wives retreat in Palm Springs! We had no idea that our NW spring would extend and be only low 50's when we departed. Landing at Palm Springs to a stifling 95 degrees was quite the experience... think sauna!

Pictures are worth a thousand words has been said. I don't think pictures will do this place justice! To experience this floral beauty firsthand is more than we imagined!

The entry road was symmetrically amazing!

Mountains surround this beautiful resort.

Outside our room, a pool to share with a few others.
We swam alone, however.

On the pathway to the dining hall... covered paths,
palm trees and fountains, besides the flowers!

Bowers of flowers and beautiful
trees everywhere we looked!

Morning shadows make such lovely photos!
(and nice guy to take me to this lovely place!)

Some guy offered to photograph us... and himself!

Dining hall with a mission bell! 
(It didn't announce dinner, however!)

Waiting for the breakfast hour,
we took more flower photos, of course!

We met John & Linda at dinner the first night.
From Maryland, near Camp David, we enjoyed
visiting with them most meals!

Trees, flowers, brick-lined pavement... nice!

Bougainvillea covered many walls and archways.
(beep! beep!)  This roadrunner was spotted on the way 
back from the morning session! 
We were so excited to see this little guy! 

We have stayed at some lovely places, but this place BY FAR is the most lovely we have had the privilege to stay. We enjoyed meeting new friends, getting some ministry encouragement, and spending time together.

We hope they offer this retreat again, and we hope we can get in on the deal! It was a sweet treat, an oasis in the desert! We will recommend it to other friends in the ministry, and if they won't go, its their loss! We loved every minute of it and have been encouraged to stay in the battle for the Lord!