We hadn't been to the Okanagan for years....it was time to make the trip.
We have such terrific memories of camping with our young family.
We had a terrific visit with Rick and Terra and their boys.
We also had dinner with dear longtime friends....such a treat!
(We were too busy chatting to take a pic - sorry Russ and Sherry!)
Our memories of Westbank go back to the years spent at Wiig's RV Park. But as time marches on, changes marches in. Below are photos of what has taken the place of our little gem of a campground.
Townhouses selling for $1.7 million. So much for staying there for 30 bucks a night!
We stayed in the Provincial Campgrounds.....beautiful but lacking electrical hook-ups. We decided that we are not un-plugged type of campers....that may not be too much of a revelation to those of you who know me well.....bah haha!
Thankful for the opportunity to spend time away enjoying God's creation....I really do LOVE living in BC.
I hope you have had a chance to do some travelling this summer...blessings my friends!
We are blessed to live in the Fraser Valley where berries are grown abundantly....so every year we have a strawberry feed for dinner.
Since strawberries are usually ready at the end of June, our dinner would often coordinate with the last day of school....a good reason to celebrate.
All things strawberry.....strawberry waffles with whipped cream, strawberry pancakes, strawberry shortcake, strawberries and ice cream, and more strawberries....what a wonderful way to celebrate God's delicious provision.
And the kids can't believe there good fortune....berries and ice cream for dinner!
We traipsed over to the Island and brought the berry bounty with us.....Christy added a yummy chocolate chip loaf to the feast....sooo good!
Try side-stepping normal for a Berry Dinner....it's wonderful!
Thank you Lord for our delicious berry crops!
I felt VERY blessed and celebrated this year....I am thankful for the friends and family God has put in my life.
Jim and Diane hosted a wonderful dinner party in my honor...and it was all done by a personal chef. The meal was over the top delicious. It was great for everyone, even our hosts, to simply sit and be served.
Such great friends!
We then had a family gathering with all our kids and kidlets present....such fun!
Denay's birthday is just a few days after mine, so we celebrated together.
Thanks Paul and Shawna, our gracious hosts, for a lovely afternoon feast..
This quilt was a birthday gift handmade by my dear SIL Marilyn. She is an amazing quilter, and all of my kids and kidlets have had one given to them for their weddings and births. So FINALLY I have one of my own....yippee!!
We have been planning this trip for over a year now....and dreaming about it for even longer.
This is a big deal for us....Bob had been to London last year for the first time. and I had never been across the ocean to anywhere in Europe. So it was all new to us...and it SO exceeded our expectations...we are so thankful for the opportunity to travel and meet so many interesting people, experience different cultures, and enjoy a part of God's world that we had never seen before.
Grab a carafe of coffee and get comfortable
There are several posts as we were away for a full month and there were several components to our trip.
I hope you enjoy travelling along with us on our adventure!
This is where our adventure began....Miami, Florida. It was stormy and we thought this would be the start of a stormy cruise.....boy were we wrong! (click on the photos to enlarge)
We cruised out of port into perfect weather....warm and sunny day, after day after day....simply lovely!
This photo is to show the very worst waves we encountered on the cruise....most of the time the water was like glass....gorgeous!
Dressed up for one of three formal nights....our cruise was 15 days long.
Our dinner mates....Zoila and Bill, Eve, Gerry and Carla. We so enjoyed Gerry and Carla, a dear christian couple from Florida.
Sunset...look at the water...so amazingly calm!
Land-ho! After 8 days at sea we landed in Tenerefe, Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.
It was great to simply walk the streets of the city and explore the gorgeous parks and gardens.
Back on the ship for another couple of days of sea travel....up and around Africa through the Strait of Gilbraltar into the Mediterranean Sea.
First and foremost I am a Child of the King, living a life chocked full of God's blessings. I am the wife of my very best friend, the mom of three wonderful kids, Mum to my kids' terrific spouses, and Grammie to my four adorable grandkidlets.