We are just home from our denomination's family conference, which happens every 4 years. Michael and I haven't been in 12 years so it was a wonderful chance to catch up with so many friends, especially the couples we went to seminary with and I haven't seen in 11 years!!!
Can't be gone a week without the proper essentials -- plenty of knitting, plenty of reading, and of course plenty of tea and accessories. We stayed in dorms at a college campus. We were happy to have a suite of 4 bedrooms and one main room with a huge bathroom.
Our days consisted of sessions for the adults, classes for the kids, free time, meals, entertainment and sports. The kids were certainly tired out!!!
David celebrated his 6th birthday while we were gone. We tried to make it special for him.
I didn't take many pictures of the large gatherings (2,600 in attendance). One of the loveliest things about the conference was the singing. Our denomination sings the Psalms, acapella. This sounds quite amazing with thousands of voices, all in 4-part harmony.
One of the afternoon optional entertainments was a piano/flute concert with narration. It was beautiful! Our friend, Kathy, played the flute. In all the years we've known her I never had the chance to actually hear her. Wow! I had no idea the flute could be played so expertly nor in such a varied way. Incredible! Her playing was true art.
Another friend played his bagpipes for us one evening.
We gathered a few people to enjoy cupcakes on David's birthday. This made it seem like a celebration.
David was pretty excited!
Well, the memories of this past week will last a long time. Fellowship is such a beautiful gift.