Friday, September 3, 2010

to the summit and back...

That is where I have been these past few days...
while missing in action from My Front Porch.

For the past two years...ten of us have been part of the MGCC team.
For the very first time...we were all together at one place.
Seven of us live in the Fraser Valley...
and so have had the opportunity to get together a few times over the past years.
Charlotte and Betty live in Manitoba and decided it was high time they met the rest of the team...
and decided to fly out for a few days.
Ellen is our American 'cousin' and drove up from the Seattle area to join the party.

On Tuesday morning, we all met at the airport to welcome those arriving by plane...

...and moved to Lovella's for 'high tea'.

And just for our out-of-town guests...
we had some 'typical' west coast rain to end a two-month drought.
We had the wettest August day on record...
and we all got a wee bit wet as we toured that afternoon.

We wondered how a cruise on Harrison Lake would work out in the rain on Wednesday...

...but the next morning dawned bright and clear and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon on Bev and Harv's 'cruiseship'.

 Kathy and Marg were our 'social co-ordinators' for the summit...
and what a fine job they did of organizing everything to the last detail.

We had a lot of laughs...
those two make quite a team!

Yesterday we visited Minter Gardens.  
We somehow managed to spend almost three hours at the brunch table...
followed by a delightful stroll through the gardens.

We had such a good time together these last few days...
blogging friends who have become friends in real life!  

It all ended last night...

...with a good old-fashioned Mennonite supper hosted by Julie.  
Borscht, Zwieback, Schnetki and flapper pie.

Amid laughter and tears...
it all came to an end.
It was the first ever MGCC Summit.
It won't be the last!

And's time for our annual camping trip with the grands.
What fun we will have!

Have a wonderful Labour Day weekend...


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! And the pictures are great, too! For about 10 years, the ladies i our church went on an annual retreat. We would shop and eat and share.... it was always very special. Your summit reminded me of those sweet times of fellowship with Christian friends.

  2. I've had a lot of fun seeing you all together this way. Someone coordinated everything beautifully! Glad to read that this won't be your last gathering... Are you going to spill the beans about who those "ladies" are?

  3. Sounds like a wondering beginning to a new tradition, filled with fun times and sharing. Glad all went off so well.

  4. What a wonderful way to bring the summer to a close and celebrate your two years of blogging together. Thank you for sharing the fun - it was great to go along for the ride!

  5. What great fun to all get together, looks like you had a wonderful time...lovely photo's!

  6. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time! The pictures are amazing and make me wish I was there. Have fun with the grands!


  7. All the photos are wonderful, Judy. It looks like you all had a wonderful time and made many fine memories.

    Enjoy your camping trip!

  8. You really summed it up so well Judy. Have fun camping!!

  9. Oh I have had so much fun going from blog to blog reading all about your wonderful time together. What blessings must have been shared about those tables and what strong friendships formed!

  10. A rare occurence having so much cooking talent all in one place. Each of the events, meals, and sharing times looked to be so special. What a gift from God in the midst of the routines of life. I appreciate that you took the time to share photos and memories of this unique time together. I really enjoyed hearing and seeing about it.

    Have fun be a camping grandma.

  11. What a lovely event. It looks like you had a fabulous time.

  12. Such friendship, such fellowship, such fun, such fabulous recipies. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us.

  13. I enjoyed your re-cap of the summit. It's hard to believe it has come and gone. Camping with the fun. Kthy

  14. So fun, what a wonderful get-to-gether!!! And the food, wowzaa!!


  15. It's wonderful to see how it all came together.
    Now I'm hoping we can make our own summit...I don't think we've had that tennis game yet,have we done the steps lately or the planks?
    Welcome back from camping.


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