|on the ferry from Hong Kong to Cheung Chau, "our" little island|
There was the evening that we ate dessert alone at the table (usually we ate dinner with other families at the retreat) and Daddy read the last chapters of Andrew Peterson’s third novel (in the Wingfeather saga) and we all burst into tears... yes, even Daddy had the real stuff running down his cheeks. What a story! What a precious, precious time together. The whole of it was our sweetest family vacation yet.
We stayed in a very cool retreat located on Cheung Chau island, about a half hour ferry ride from Hong Kong island. Home to 30,000 people and A. Lot. more that come to vacation there. The neatest thing is that there are no cars allowed on the island (except for ambulance and police). It took me several days to feel like I was in a “real” place and not a museum or an amusement park. No cars! No roads! (They make do with push-carts and trolleys like in the pic below). A thin little sidewalk was as wide as most the “road” ever got on the island. It made for such a quaint, endearing charm and our retreat at the top of the hill was well worth the sweat of getting luggage and kiddos up the slope for the beauty and calm awayness of that blessed place. We are so grateful to the Lord for this vacation…. and for the perfect excuse that made us go: needing to renew passports. (And with the orderliness of Hong Kong, that part got done glitchlessly too.)
|So we indulged and bought a bit of bubble joy of our own|
|on the way to the pirates' cave. |
Yep… it was the real deal (about a century before they walked into it). Sorry no pics of the cavern...
(somebody's else's, of course)
|I love this man.|
|"downtown" on the island|
|(proof: I was there too!) This was the "road" to our retreat place.|
PS ~ Our little blog has been nearly abandoned so far this year but I'm hoping to get a bit of time to post in the next week or two. Must scratch the writing itch….you know what I mean? And too, there will be too many more photos of the kiddos. I've been working on the next installment for their blog-o growth charts. How fun to share the record of the Father's grace at work in them, with you!