Sister's Retreat 2014

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ADCOCK SISTER'S SIXTH ANNUAL RETREAT 2014

Frankie Beachum coordinated the Adcock Sister's sixth annual retreat for this year from October 10th thru the 13th and she reserved rooms for those that could attend at the Truett Baptist Camp there in Hayesville, NC.  My bride and I elected to stay only two nights, whereas the rest were staying three nights to attend some activities taking place on Sunday through out the day.  The rooms Frankie reserved for us were excellent with two double sized beds in each room and we didn't have to share bathrooms this year nor did we get locked out of the adjoining bathroom a couple times as was the case last year .........grin if you must!

The weather was excellent on the 10th and we stopped at the Waffle House in Monroe, NC and had their All-Star breakfast which provided enough energy to work in a sawmill for a couple days!  We drove the southern route down I 85 south entering the north western corner of Georgia onto Hayesville of which the mountains were fantastic.  The entire one way drive was between 5 1/2 to 6 hours not counting a couple stops we made for breakfast and a restroom pit stop.  The fall colors were not at their peak yet but the reds were beginning to come forth very well.  Nevertheless, the mountain scenery was gorgeous.  It reminded me of a story my bride relates about our first grandson, Travis Lee Huneycutt who was in Kinder Garden and they were on a field trip and one of his teachers commented on the wonders of God's creation and how the fall colors were so beautiful and Travis replied, "And God did real good, he stayed in the lines too" of which Travis told my bride the story when she picked him up from school and she smiled real big and hugged the little rascal and hasn't forgotten that to this day.

I had forgotten the exact route to the Truett Baptist Camp and didn't have the address in the GPS unit, although I do have a cell phone with web access and text capability but only use it to make outgoing calls and receive calls and mainly for emergency usage.  I do not do any texting and leave that to those that are willing to literally take their own lives in their two hands while driving, of which I am sure is illegal to do so in many States but in our current society, that doesn't count for too much.  With my own personal low usage of today's technology, we therefore went to Roy and Aline's home which was still in the GPS unit and were warmly welcomed by Aline.  Roy had driven their oldest daughter Tammy Smit to visit Roy's old home place and they returned later.  We visited a while and Roy and Aline led us to the reserved motel rooms at the Truett Baptist Camp and the majority of the Sister's and spouses were already there waiting on someone to lead the way since we were staying at a different location on the campus this year. 

Friday afternoon/evening we met at Daniel's Steak House in Hiawassee, Georgia and each ordered from the buffet and we enjoyed the the Friendship and Fellowship of one another and made some lasting memories.  As I commented last year about Roy's health issues, he is holding his own and did not wish to take radiation and Chemo and is at peace with his decision.  It certainly is a stressful situation but Roy trusts in the Lord and his strong faith in the Lord is an inspiration and example for all of us to emulate!

Roy and Aline planned a picnic for us on Saturday at the Lake in Hayesville if the weather was conducive, however it was overcast with misting rain and the picnic was held in the Conference Room at the motel where we were staying. 

Roy and Aline came over on Saturday mid-afternoon and both their vehicles were loaded down with the picnic items which consisted of BBQ, baked beans, baked potatoes, tomatoes, fruit tray, two different cakes, PayDay bar type treats, slaw, rolls, etc. 

Roy had made Afghans for the Sisters and Brother of which took about two miles of yarn and at least 55 hours to crochet each one which was a task indeed!  Roy is one multi-talented person who enjoys doing for others and had a 25 pound box of tomatoes for each family and bags of home made Cracker Jack type popcorn which is much better than the Cracker Jack brand.  Everyone enjoyed that wonderful meal aka indoor picnic and we were tight as ticks for sure.

Click on below thumbnail pixs for a larger screen view:

 

Due to the weather conditions, there wasn't much opportunity to capture the mountain fall beauty on digital media but maybe next year the weather will be more agreeable, the Lord willing of course.

Below a group pix:

Tammy Smit was behind my camera on this one!

Pix of Roy, Aline and Tammy.....had to do some background cloning with PhotoShop CS2 because there was a serious ghost type shadow cast by the camera flash on the right edge of Roy and Aline but got most of it out.  The fluorescent overhead lights did a color shift but the above pix came out pretty good anyway!

It was great to see Tammy and her son Derek again and speaking for all of us, we had a most wonderful time.

My bride and I took a different route coming back home of which it rained most of the day but not so hard to present a serious safety driving hazard.  We stopped again at the Huddle House there in Hayesville, NC and had an early breakfast Sunday morning which held us down until after 1 PM and stopped at a Red Lobster in Matthews, NC for a seafood lunch which was very good.  A few times, the sun peaked through the clouds but most of the time the mountains looked like a fire was going by all the smoky looking clouds present:

In closing, this was a great mini-vacation aka Sister's Retreat and enjoyed the friendship and fellowship of family and look forward when we can do so again. 

Please keep Roy and Aline in your daily prayers and pray for each and everyone of us that the Lord's will be accomplished in our lives. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Web published updates on 10-13-14 by Bill aka Mickey Porter.

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