Oh, such a wonderful get-away my soul sister, Kathy, and I enjoyed on the Norwegian Sky last week. It never ceases to amaze me that these HUGE ships don't sink. And I'm grateful they stay afloat because this gal don't swim. *cringe*
February...and 85-degrees. We actually saw less sun this year than in years past--it was overcast most days, but it didn't keep us from lazing on beaches anyway. And when we weren't lounging and enjoying sweet breezes, we were attending concerts. Some wonderful artists performed on the ship...Phillips, Craig & Dean; Newsboys; Chris Tomlin; American Idol finalists, including Mandisa...
Did you know you can't sit during a Mandisa concert? It's physically impossible. You have to get up and dance. Yes, believe it or not, this little Mennonite gal danced. Actually, I danced in the second row and wore my purple sparkly cap to Mandisa's concert because she'd seen me wearing it on an earlier day and commented that she loved it. Made me smile.
The view from every direction was beautiful. God did such an amazing job designing our world. I never tired of gazing across the ocean...expecially as the sun began to set and sent golden sparkles across the water. Gorgeous...
Our favorite spot between activities was the balcony off our room. We started our day there with a cup of coffee, and we ended our day there with iced tea. Sooooo relaxing...
This lovely couple is Mary and Jay. I put an autographed copy of Song of My Heart in the Premiere auction to raise funds to share the gospel with orphans around the world. They won the book and the opportunity to have their names used as secondary characters in a future release. So be watching for "Mary" and "Jay" in an upcoming novel! :o)
Before returning to Kansas, I spent an extra night with Kathy and we enjoyed a special dinner at the Top of the World Restaurant in the Stratosphere. Looking out at the lights of Las Vegas was quite a view! (And we witnessed THREE bungee-jumpers fall past those windows. Somebody is a lot braver than I...)
And for Tammy, our resident food-photographer, a picture of my absolutely delicious filet and grilled shrimp. (As if I hadn't already eaten enough on the cruise... *sigh*)
I came home with new luggage. The airport...or somebody...completely destroyed my big black suitcase. Both handles were torn loose, one wheel was broken, and it contained a gash in the side. Fortunately, I didn't lose any contents! But there was no way I could get that damaged bag home, so Kathy took me to an outlet mall where I found the most perfect luggage ever:
I happened to be wearing a purple shirt and carrying a purple purse when I entered the store. Even the cashier commented that the luggage seemed to be waiting for me. And it made it to Kansas with a few scuff marks but in one piece. So far, so good.
When I returned home, I discovered Hubby had been a busy beaver. My office walls were all painted, a hardwood floor was in place, and he'd moved most of my furniture back into the room. Except for my desk, of course, because I don't have one yet. Yes, I have ordered one. Thank you to everyone who voted last week and shared their opinions. I'll let you know what I chose when it finally arrives and I can post pictures of the newly decorated office. In the meantime, I drew a name from the respondees. PAM K, please contact me (kim at kimvogelsawyer dot com) and share your snail mail address so I can send you something "hope" related. :o)
I had a delightful get-away, but it's nice to be home, too. Time to settle back into my routine and...hopefully...dive into a new story. That is, as soon as I have a desk on which to place my computer!
May God bless you muchly as you journey with Him! ~Kim
P.S. -- My Wugmump will be six months old tomorrow. She just gets cuter all the time! Happy 1/2 birthday, sweet baby girl.