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....
met the new director of the Rescue Mission of Utica,
Bill Dodge! He comes from Michigan and
has had experience working in rescue ministry.
remembered meeting us at the Association of Gospel
Rescue Mission convention in Phoenix,
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 !!
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
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.
Upstate New York in
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.
is 12 years old and enjoys her many friends.
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
It was also a time to see old friends....
Dorothy, Jane, Anita....as well as the Senior Saints from
Alliance Church.... Betty & Tom, Lev, Steve,
Myrtle & Charles, & Peg's father.
(Sorry to report the passing of Tom & Lev.)
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
& husband) and our landlord, Tony. Less
passed away 2 months later. And our wonderful
landlord Tony passed away 2007.
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
there. Not the same. Mindy came up for an
overnight. Will there be a 26th? Just in case,
we've already booked site
We welcomed Auxiliary friend,
Donna, for one week. We enjoyed sightseeing
in Banner Elk and shopping. A beautiful drive on
the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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
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
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
A significant snowfall on Christmas Eve! The
newspaper reported it was "a gift from God".
in Laredo! Who'd ever believe it?
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