Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Off to Florida...

...but not to see Mickey Mouse in Disney World as some assumed when we landed in Orlando. We were there to see and hear people who had a far greater impact on our lives than any Disney character ever could. Wednesday and Sunday we stayed overnight with cousin Beth. Thursday through Sunday we attended an OM Ships' event for friends and partners of the ministry. Oh, so many memories and stories!
Here are the daily representative photos.

Sunday, 22nd
Finally, after many failed attempts, we were able to get together with dear friends Dane and Laurie. They came over for dinner and I only remembered to get a photo as they were about to leave.

Monday and Tuesday were spent catching up from the intense weekend and getting ready for our time away.

I picked as many lillies of the valley as possible. Oh, the fragrance!

Two Blog2Print books had arrived a few days earlier.
I had gone back to the first full year of blogging and made two books. One is about our family happenings that year and the other chronicles my visit to Argentina the year before.

On my To Do list: Send Flat Elijah back to school. He came to live with us for a week or so. I had to record interesting things he saw while he was here.

Wednesday was our travel day. Everything went smoothly. We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon and evening with cousin Beth. We walked around the Pioneers campus, talked and talked, played scrabble, and got her started on Words With Friends.

Thursday we got to see Jimmy, Beth's youngest, who is manager of the grounds crew.

By evening, and for the next three days at the retreat center near Fort Lauderdale, we were meeting many old and new friends and enjoying the views.

Lantern from LOGOS 2

 We left Sunday afternoon with very full hearts after connecting with so many and hearing amazing stories of how God's love is shared around the world by means of a community of 60 different nationalities working together on a ship.
LOGOS HOPE is the fourth ship. We were privileged to visit it two years ago. Our family served on the second OM ship, the M/V Doulos from 1978 to 1983.


The Bug said...

Oh that looks like a glorious time! I'm glad you were able to be with so many old friends in such a lovely location :)

Kim said...

Loved the photo of Beth! How wonderful that you had time with her, as well as with the OM folks. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

sara said...

what a wonderful time!!! so glad you were able to attend.

Flat Elijah? I have never heard of that..flat stanley, yes. love it!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I am so craving a little beach right now!

I know you had a wonderful time! Great pictures!


Elizabeth (Lizzie) said...

looks like a fabulous week for you!!

I haven't done a book from my blogging .... I often wonder if I should... was it easy?