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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

End of Grace

Grace is a gift from God. Grace Baptist Church was a gift to me. When I left my former church and began the search for a new one, it wasn't until I landed there that I felt at home. After a year and a half of attendance, I finally made the decision to transfer my membership to Grace Baptist. Seven months later, Grace Baptist Church ends. We all feel lost, at sea, unsure of the future, and I guess even a bit angry. But there just weren't enough people in regular attendance to support the ministry and pay a full-time pastor. In one way, I feel that we've let our pastor down, but in another way I know that God doesn't close one door without opening another. After chatting with the pastor this evening, it appears a door is opening for him and if it all works out, I'll be following him and his wife to his new church. (A little bit further to drive, but well worth it.)

Anyway, tonight was our annual corn roast at the M's, who always host it. They have a huge piece of property complete with orchard and a humungous vegetable and flower garden. Although we all had our usual good time, this time no one seemed in a hurry to leave. Things got cleaned up and the party ended up on the driveway. Someone's car alarm went off just as Cathy and I were leaving and the owner was still scurrying around trying to get it turned off as we drove away. It was a fun night and tomorrow morning I'm sure there will be many tears as we all say good-bye to Grace Baptist Church as it was. It will be interesting to see who goes where come the start of the fall season.

I just thought I'd share a few photos from the evening's frivolities. Christians can be a crazy bunch and all of us ate too much, talked too much, and cracked too many jokes. Anything to keep from going home. Anyway, enjoy the photos.

This is the gate into the vegetable and flower garden.

A giant dahlia. I got a pretty good macro of it, too, but will post that over on my Photologue blog.

Just a few of many rows of tomatoes. Look at the size of them thar things!

The back of the property overlooks a little river where you can often see ducks and other water birds.

On one side of the garden you'll find grapes growing. These are magnificent green grapes, almost ready to pick.

Before we ate, the kids were having lots of fun. These two are playing badminton.

These ones are having fun on the trampoline.

(l to r) Ken, Garry, Jeff (pastor)

Jeff was busy taking lots of pictures, especially of us with our mouths grinding away on corn on the cob. I'm sure he got one or two of me! Jeff loves to catch people in candid shots.

The three musketeers tending the fire. (l to r) Dave, Dave, and Paul.

(Notice the woman at the kitchen sink behing them!)

(l to r) Cathy, Brenda, Louise, Louella

Ingrid and Ruth (pastor's wife)

It was Ingrid's birthday today, so there was a chocolate birthday cake just for her! She was so surprised and thrilled, to say the least.

And the band played on. Great music and lots of fun.

(l to r)
Kooch, Murray, Daniel, Rob, Jeff

We really didn't want to leave, so a bunch of sat around the campfire for a while until we really did think it was time to go. So we ended up on the driveway saying more good-byes and see-you-in-the-mornings.


Michele said...

What a nice place and fun times had by all, I am sure. The tomatoes are going to be nice when they ripen... I can eat tomatoes like apples... one after another...Mmmm... my favorite! The Dahlia is stunning!! WOW.

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I really can't tell you how much I appreciated it.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

What a great place, shame you have to leave there.

As you say God doesn;t close one door without opening another.

Fantastic photos..wow what about those tomatoes...yummy when ripe!!!

Jo said...

Leslie, I think your life has been a good example of of when one door closes, another one opens. I think as a group, you will all stay together. That's the important thing.

Let me know when those tomatoes are ripe. :-)

nancygrayce said...

So sorry about your church! I hope you get to follow the pastor you love! We just installed our new pastor tonight and even though they've been with us only a little while, we so love the whole family. Fortunately for us, God is in control and He'll find just the right place!

I have an award for you on my blog. Don't laugh too hard when you see that everything after and including your name is a link. ??? I guess nobody will ever accuse me of being too smart!

Paulie said...

Sounds like a lot of good times were had. . .

mrsnesbitt said...

Dont you just love sitting round a fire at the end of a fun evening! A great night leslie, thanks for sharing!

Liz Hinds said...

It's good that you can look forward to the future - and that the end of the church came in such a dignified way.