Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Weekend Away

With all that has been going on, we decided a long weekend away would be a good idea. On Thursday night we determined our destination would be the Amana Colonies.  

It was such a great weekend in so many ways.  We enjoyed visiting the historical sites associated with this area.  If you don't know about the Amana Colonies, they are a group of people who came to America in search of religious freedom.  Until 1932, they lived as a communal society.  

This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip.
We stayed at a lovely Bed and Breakfast.  The best part of the stay was getting to know some of the other guests.  There was and immediate connection with the people who were staying there.  We felt like old friends immediately.  Even the owners commented on how unusual it was for a group of guests to hit it off so well.  Just another one of the blessings along the way.

In one of the shops in Amana we were talking with the owner and she shared with us, through tears, how her husband is facing cancer with a prognosis that does not sound good.  We were able to pray with her.  Please pray for Craig as he fights the cancer and for his wife and family.

We ended our time in Amana on Sunday morning by attending church with the local people who still worship in the style of the founders of the Amana Colonies.  We enjoyed the very simple worship, a capella music and friendly people. 

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