Monday, November 11, 2013

The Invitation Began....


"Freshen up  your perms girls, trim those mullets boys 
and dust off those shoulder padded jackets!!

Yes, after almost 20 years....
Calling some of our old YWAM friends...


We look forward to severely embarrassing you 
with some old photos we have unearthed." 



Who could resist (laughing at) an invitation like this! The sense of humour was definitely in keeping with the senders of the email. The day after Master J's Year 12 Formal my husband and I drove interstate to enjoy a wonderful evening of catching up with over 20 friends, many of whom we hadn't seen for around 20 years.

I was a amazed at how easy it was to reconnect. There's something special about friendships made within a community of shared faith and purpose. Each had grown wiser, more loving and gracious through life's sometimes harsh realities over the last 20 years. It was a long evening yet too short as well. Friendships have been rekindled in a way which warms the heart. 

We travelled home yesterday, detouring from the main highway to enjoy the scenic coastal route. I enjoyed snapping a few shots through the windscreen while my husband was driving.


Byron Bay Lighthouse - Australia's most easterly point











We stopped at this little Anglican church for a few minutes.






Then took turns driving the rest of the way.




It was indeed a wonderful weekend, one to remember for many good reasons.


19 comments:

Erin said...

Would have been great to catch up with special friends:)

Cloudia said...

such glorious sharp photos!


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Joop Zand said...

Nce places and good photo's....i like that lovely little church..... very good photographed Karen.

Greetings, Joop

Our photos said...

Nice photos!
Monday greetings from Holland , RW & SK

Joyful said...

Sounds like a great time with old friends. Beautiful scenery too!

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Very beautiful! It's a strange thing to realize that maybe my overseas family walked that same route... :-)

Salute from the Netherlands,
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Nancy Claeys said...

Perms and Mullets... Lol! Love that little church. :)

Maria said...

How nice to have a reunion with old friends. We were part of YWAM in 1983 and 1984. The last year we were on the Anastasis, right after it had been in New Zealand, so we made friends with many who were from New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific. It was an amazing time.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures of a beautiful place!! I'd love to spend some time there! And the invitation is priceless!! Thanks for sharing the fun, Karen!! Have a wonderful week!

tinajo said...

Looks fantastic, wish I was there!

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Giga said...

Spotkanie to z pewnością długo będzie w Twojej pamięci. Może niektóre przyjaźnie zostaną nawet odnowione. Byliście w cudownym miejscu. Pozdrawiam.
This meeting will be long in your memory. Maybe even some friendships are renewed. You were in a wonderful place. Yours.

Elise Lea said...

What a wonderful reunion! My husband's family has been very involved with YWAM over the years (especially the one in St. Croix [Virgin Islands] and Venezuela).

So wonderful to hear you had a lovely time catching up. Beautiful photos of the Australian coastline too!

Dirk Rosin said...

kjempe fine bilder !

Fun60 said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Not sure I could have driven past those glorious beaches without stepping into the water for a paddle.

geanina said...

like that little church. very good images, Karen.

thefisherlady said...

sun, water, sky and the Lord that joins them with friendship in our hearts~
Love the chapel and all it's views

amanda | wildly simple said...

The photos of the journey alone look like a wonderful time - beautiful scenery & that quaint church.
But add fun & humor & friendships, too - good for you!!

Kirsten said...

Reunions are lovely. Such a beautiful part of the world to live in too:)

Liz said...

It sounds like a wonderful weekend! I love your "drive home" images. Byron Bay is a favourite spot of ours when we head south on a day trip!

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