Here we are in the van, nearly to New York! Annabelle’s at the wheel while Mom gets some rest. To cut the boredom, Skit (Karen) and Omi (Naomi) are attempting to write a report of this weekend’s trip!👩💻💻
So…this weekend was Family Encouragement Weekend in Virginia! 😄
Early Friday morning we girls and Mom finished packing the van and headed out!
A quick stop for chocolate milk and gasoline. Wait…those don’t go together very well!!! 😝
In PA we hit lots of snow and then heavy rain! Thank the Lord for giving us safety!
Annabelle drove 70 for the first time!😯
Where else would you stop for lunch besides Chick-fil-A??!😋
After a quick stop at our hostess’s house to change, we arrived at the church!
We ate a delicious dinner and had great fellowship, and then the conference began. It was so nice to see the Camusos, Staddons, Neelys, and others again!
Abbie and Omi
Orchestra (Karen and Naomi played violin and Annabelle played flute.)
Mr. Wilkes taught that evening, and the FEW team orchestra played that evening.
Alex and “Sister Karen”
Alex and Omi
We got to our hostess’s place late, and she helped us haul everything but the kitchen sink out to the cabin. It was a good thing we didn’t bring ours, because the cabin already had a sink!😌🤭
Up bright and early Saturday morning for a splendid breakfast provided by our hostess!
Bible reading and hair…🙄😬
Gator ride back to van
Back at the conference, we had ladies’ session downstairs and men’s session upstairs. Mrs. Neely taught about being S.T.E.A.D.F.A.S.T.
Mrs. Camuso and Alex😘😴
Next was childrens’ hour. First we learned a song about forgiveness and then they did a well-done skit about WW2. (Jacob DeShazer and Mitsuo Fuchida forgiving each other.)
While the moms prepared lunch, we children all went outside for game time. We played soccer, sharks and minnows, and lava pit.
After lunch, Donald gave a chalk talk about becoming beloved sons.
They did questions and answers…
Abbie and I took pictures of each other between sessions…
Mr. Staddon spoke before prayer time, and then Mr. Neely spoke last.
FEW team singing
Supper and more fellowship
If you’re with the Camusos and Staddons, how can you not play Dutch Blitz?
Abbie, Lauren, and Omi
Karen and April
At last it was time to clean up and get back to the cabin for some sleep.
Church was at the Wilkeses’ house.
All the unmarried children sang two songs for our parents: “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Be Thou My Vision”
Afternoon lunch and fellowship
More soccer, sharks and minnows, and ultimate frisbee!😄
A beautiful sunset
We played more DB before it was time to leave. We and our good friends, the Camusos, went to Pizza Hut for food and fellowship. We had a jolly waiter and great pizza.
At last we had to say good-bye!😢
Monday morning…packing to leave.
The cabin was quite classic and cozy.
All ready to go! (Uhh, no, it didn’t stay that neat!)
Mom’s cousin invited us to visit, so we did for a few hours.
Supper at KFC!😉
We drove up to Gettysburg, PA, to a quaint farmhouse that Mom found to rent that night for just $100! That was a blessing!
Tuesday morning…cereal for breakfast. The hosts had raised their 8 children in this homey farmhouse, and it was quite comfortable.
Outside there was a basketball court…
Volley ball net…
And last but not least, a four-square court!😁👍👏
Have you ever seen such a chair?! (Comment below)
Soon we were on the road!
DQ for lunch! 😋 What is your favorite restaurant when your family travels? (Comment below)
We stopped at a library in PA to search out some family history.
Now we’re on the last leg of our journey…
This weekend has been very encouraging! The Lord worked and I believe everyone was blessed! I learned a lot and enjoyed meeting fellow Christians.
Until next time,
Omi & Skit
(We made it home safely last night…just getting it posted today. We would have made 2 separate posts, but knew it would take forever to get the other one posted!)