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Easter in Pittsburgh.....  This was our 7th annual Easter spent with Jenette's sister, Judy and her family.  The family has since moved to the Cleveland area!  

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions National Conference in Cleveland in May.... 

We met the new director of the Rescue Mission of Utica,    

Bill Dodge!  He comes from Michigan and has had experience working in rescue ministry.  

He remembered meeting us at the Association of Gospel Rescue Mission convention in Phoenix, AZ a few years ago. 

We continue a family tradition...Easter in Cleveland with Sister Judy, her daughter & husband, Jennifer and Peng and children, Julianne & Joel...Also, Mindy & Kyle !! 

Renewing friendships at the Mission Conference in Cleveland.  Many friends we had not seen in two years! 

Pictured here is Jenette, with Delores Burger (wife of the AGRM Ex. Dir.) and Sharen Smith, Co-director with husband Pete from Wichita Falls, Texas.  Sorry to report that Sharen passed away the Fall of 2006 after a long illness.

Surprise! The retired director from the Raleigh Rescue Mission lives less than 20 miles from us in NC.  Sammy and Ann have also just "retired".  We got together at the Sparta Fall Festival in October.  

Back to Upstate New York in June..... 

Just in time for Kyle's senior ball, high school graduation and his 18th birthday party.  He will be attending MVCC.

June was also a time to celebrate grandson Phoenix's 7th birthday and Jenette's birthday. What fun to help Phoenix celebrate with 14 little first graders. 

Granddaughter Jacque is 12 years old and enjoys her many friends.                  

July.....  We were happy to be back in our little cottage in Rome. Close to kids and grandkids.  Dave enjoyed planting a few flowers, painting (porch), listening to bluegrass tapes and reading "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald.  Jenette's into Jan Karon's Mitford (Blowing Rock, NC) series!!  They are in all the libraries. 

It was also a time to see old friends.... Dorothy, Jane, Anita....as well as the Senior Saints from Hope Alliance Church....  Betty & Tom, Lev, Steve, Myrtle & Charles, & Peg's father.   (Sorry to report the passing of Tom & Lev.)

August.....   We returned to NC just in time for Mindy's visit.  We will long remember a beautiful evening on our back porch having dinner with Mindy and Kyle and our NC friends - - Les & Dessie, Janet & Tom (Les' daughter & husband) and our landlord, Tony.  Less passed away 2 months later.  And our wonderful landlord Tony passed away 2007.

 

September...     Back to Upstate NY to help Mindy get ready to move from one end of town to another.   Since we were already in NY....we made it official.....our 29th annual Moffitt Beach camping trip.  For the first time in 25 of those, the Parker's were NOT there.  Not the same.  Mindy came up for an overnight.  Will there be a 26th?  Just in case, we've already booked site 241 again!

October....   We welcomed Auxiliary friend, Donna, for one week.  We enjoyed sightseeing in Banner Elk and shopping.  A beautiful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway

November....      It was a very special occasion for us to have a small part in Bald Mt. Baptist Church's annual "Feast in the Field" .  Over 1,400 dinners to the Mexican migrant workers working on Christmas trees were delivered.  The Gideon's handed out Bibles to each man.  We also made a very quick trip to NY to have Thanksgiving with our kids.  That was a first!  It felt great to be sitting at their table, for a change. 

December...   Mindy made another trip down to NC for a week.  And what a week!  She spent time in the ER with a painful bout of kidney stones!  Then off we go to see her friend Beth and new hubby in South Carolina

 We take the opportunity to visit Savannah, Georgia for the first time.  A beautiful historic city.  Enjoyed the Christmas parade on the waterfront and dinner outside. Could not believe it was December.  Even flowers were still in bloom. 

Leaving for Laredo, Texas for Christmas with Sister Jo.  A significant snowfall on Christmas Eve!  The newspaper reported it was "a gift from God".  Snow in Laredo!  Who'd ever believe it?  

                                                           NEXT DESTINATION (Leaving from Laredo):  Mexico!!