Thursday, July 24, 2014

Witmer Family Retreat 2014

Refreshing Mountain Camp.

It's taken me awhile to get this post written. I'll try not to bore you with too many pictures!

Friday evening we all gathered in this large meeting room reserved for our family all week end. It was a wonderful space and just under the rooms where we slept.

My hubby and my brother relaxing.

We were all so thrilled to be there and start the fun!

My youngest sister Rose (from GA) on the right
and sister-in-law Nancy.

This sweet baby Eli
was a joy!
His daddy is holding him and his mommy is on the left of this photo.
They came all the way from GA.
He is the first Grand for my sister Rose.
She has a second Grand in Hawaii. 

The kids soon decided to find the playground.

But first, Brinley decides to find more potato chips, haha!


We ate our meals in a large dining hall. 
The meals were part of the our week end plan. 
No meal prep. No clean up.
Were they as tasty as the meals we prepared in the past? 
But we didn't go hungry.
I even found enough to eat even though there were many items I stayed away from.

The young man on the left came all the way from Sweden!
He's the grandson of my sister Jean.
He's living here in PA during his senior year in High School.
He will be playing football for our home team
the Manheim Barons =)
We moved from that school district but will be attending some games.

There was a large wonderful pool to splash in or swim.

 No matter where we go,
the sisters find something to talk about!!
We laugh a lot, too!

Ellen heard there was ice cream for sale at the little shop next to the pool.
She enjoyed some!

The brave and a bit crazy (my opinion!) did a zip line and ropes course.
Oh my, not me. 
Not in a million years!!

How interesting...
this is what the on-lookers looked like!
Thanks to Scott Smith (my son-in-law)
for thinking to take this!!

We made S'mores Saturday evening.

Mm- mm, good!

Sunday morning after breakfast
we always have a Worship Service.
We sing.
Scott Kepnes always has songs for the kids.

They love Uncle Scott!

Aunt Nancy told them a story and prayed with them.

Is this precious, or what?!!

We adults take time to share.

And we pray together.
Special time, always!

The kids play games on their parents phones while the adults sing =)

Random pics.....

This just cracks me up!!
my son, Corey, and his wife, Christy 

My fam ♥

Lovely spot to relax, chat, and laugh.

Friends and cousins....
Jeremy form DC
Andrea from Arizona

Cousins ♥

Kim and Brinley

We ended our family week end with sitting on my porch
with my sisters =)

Andrea took this picture...I should have asked someone to take it so she could be included too!

what have I been up to this week??


and this!

It was time for that!!

Of course, I did other things too.

I'm off for a fun time....
tell you about it tomorrow!

Bless you today!

Monday, July 21, 2014


I come from a very large family...I'm talking my siblings and their children and grandchildren. We had a delightful time together this past weekend at Refreshing Mountain Camp. Here's the bunch that's only half of the Witmer clan. No kidding!

A crazy casual picture of my siblings...........

Left to Right:
Mary Ellen, Jeanie, me, Betty, Rose, Barb, Dick
Our sister Janet is so missed. 
She has lived in heaven for almost 10 years.

Just a few more pictures...I'm very tired today and I aim to have a relaxing day =) I have already spent time on my porch this morning. Ahh, yes, time spent there is so good!

My sister Jeans hubby and Grandson Sammy,
relax on this awesome swing.

Nephew Jeremy chats with my SIL Lynn.

My sisters Rose and Mary Ellen
chat on that awesome swing.

Bless my dear daughter Greta ♥
She hung in there,
climbed all those hills
even though her baby boy is to come in 4 weeks.

It was a super fun time. We all want to go back!!

Bless you today!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We are almost to the finish ☺

We are close to being finished at our old house, yeah! Tomorrow will be another push day to the finish. It's been long. It's been hard work!

The new owners are moving in on Saturday =)

This room is the only one they are painting right now.

When Greta was a teenager she chose the colors.
Her Dad carefully painted the stripes.
Greta declared this room made her so happy!
We, her parents, said we liked a happy teenager =)

The room is now being painted a beautiful shade of pink for a sweet little girl. I'm sure it will make her very happy, too!

We ate lunch at the mall today.

Aidan and Zoe wanted to sit at this little table.

We didn't stay long at the mall,
Ellen's camp had an Alex's Lemonade stand at a 
shopping center nearby and we wanted to support that.
It was fun to see Ellen and her friends waving their signs
and encouraging people to give to a good cause.
I forgot to take a picture!

This week end is going to be a special one. My family is getting together for the annual Witmer Retreat. We are going to a new location this year....we don't need to provide the food!! This is going to feel like a luxury for food prep, no clean up. I'm sure we will love Refreshing Mountain Camp. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures. Can't wait to see my sisters again! 

It's late, I'm tired. It's time for a relaxing cup of tea and some zzzzzzzzz!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


  • I feel terrible when I eat things with regular flour in them. So, I look for alternative things to fill my belly....things that aren't salads and fruit =) Maybe it's called junk food, maybe it's called snacks. I prefer the latter! I eat lots of salad and fruit...sometimes I like something to crunch/munch on that's not a carrot =)
These gluten free cookies are good!
Both were purchased at discount grocery stores.

  • Love these pots at the front door!

  • These guys have been working hard across the street for at least 2 weeks now. They are making a very nice stone walkway and steps to the front door. They are also working in the back of the house.

  • I've had some fun arranging some treasures above the cabinets in our new home ☺

Love the jars, the cookie cutters, and the chicken.
It looks nicer than the pic shows, I think.

Love these bowls.
They came from Dale's mother.

  • We love watermelon!! Aidan loves watermelon ♥

We have a roadside stand/wagon near our home.
Aidan thought we should stop this morning and buy a watermelon.
It is yummy!!

  • Very ripe bananas call for cake baking!

My hard workin' helpers!
Aidan is mashing the bananas.
Zoe measures the flour.

They took turns adding the flour and bananas.

We love banana cake!!
(I love these kids!)

  •  As the cake was baking, I got to work preparing stuffed peppers and mini meatloaves for dinner. I wanted it to be ready so all I had to do was pop it in the oven before dinner. Some days I have it together more than others! The house smells amazing, I must add.

Thanks for stopping by. Bless you this day!