Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Robb & Meghan's Wedding May 30

Robb's younger sisters rehearsing before the wedding.Luke's last-minute whisker trim.Elegant bride.
The wedding was a worship service.Communion music
Mr. and Mrs. Robb Robins

Backyard receptionMint limeade
Listening to toasts.
"Robin's Nest" home-brewed ale and beer!

Luke approves. (He's a hobbit.)

Beautiful couple with beautiful hearts. May the Lord bless them with many wonderful years together.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Abraham Lincoln's Home in Springfield May 29

On our way to a wedding in the Chicago area, we stopped to tour Lincoln's home in Springfield, IL. This is his writing desk.
Mary Todd Lincoln's bed and one of her dresses. The wallpaper is the original pattern.
Toys in the boys' room. The Lincolns had four sons, but only one lived into adulthood.
Their kitchen.

The loo. So, this is how important politicians live. Nice to know.
The balcony railing is also original. Some of the ornamentation was broken off by the rambunctious boys.
After touring the house we walked into downtown Springfield. A church door.
Another church door.
Building across the street from the outdoor table where we ate lunch.
Also across the street.
My lunch. Chicken teriyaki salad with mango salsa. Yummy.
We passed the state capitol building on our way back to the car. Charming downtown area. And Lincoln's home is definitely worth seeing if you're ever in the Springfield area.

Knox Presbyterian Women's Conference May 1-2

Friday, May 1, I spoke to the women of Knox Presbyterian Church in Detroit. They color coordinated the decorations and flowers to match the cover of Parting the Waters. :)
This yacht club is a famous landmark.
Saturday morning the conference organizers took me to breakfast at The Pancake House.
Lesley Graham promoting Parting the Waters to pancake lovers everywhere.
Love these women. Such tender hearts for the Lord. Check out the size of those "omelets." Yowza!

Thanks again for the lovely time we had together, ladies!

Kiley Nees' Bridal Shower May 3

Such a precious and beautiful bride. Many blessings on your marriage, Kiley. xo

TCBC Retreat April 24-25

Much to my honor and delight, the women of Trinity Chapel Bible Church invited me to speak at their spring retreat. On my way to the retreat center in Glen Rose, Texas, I met Heather Goodman for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in Dallas. After lunch we posed for a few wind-blown portraits.
Colorful, creative table decorations
The women arriving.
Andrea McCarthy performing a powerful skit. (She also created the wonderful Parting the Waters book trailer!)
Beautiful worship.
Bouncy Jesus and a Tootsie Roll. (Ask Tina Howard.)
TJ loves her husband.
Artistic response.
Such a sweet time connecting with each other and Jesus (the real One, not the bouncy one). Lots of laughter and tears. Thanks, ladies, for inviting me. I loved being with you!