I had such a special time with my friend Donna. I actually met her through Paul. She was one of the football moms on Howie's team and she befriended me on FB. We invited her to church at one point and she started coming. We never talked too much, just the occasional, "hi, how are you?" type of thing. Then, when it was time for this women's retreat, she asked if I was going, and we agreed to room together. WELL... I am SO glad she did! I teared up just typing that. Isn't it funny how God works sometimes? Praise God, you can have such a blessing sitting right under your nose and not even know it. I had NO idea I had so much in common with this woman. NO IDEA. We have walked nearly the same path in life, except dare I say she has actually had some tougher struggles than I have. I didn't have to try and explain anything to her, because she's been there and understands. She's been through every bit of it and then some. She listened patiently and gave good advice. Talk about bearing one another's burdens. I came away feeling as if I truly have a new friend. A new sister. I was truly blessed by her.
So we were in such a hurry to get to the hotel and then over to the college, that (unfortunately) we didn't get to enjoy the hotel much. But. it was very nice from what I saw.
We stayed at the Arizona Biltmore Waldorf Astoria. It was a little bit dated and not exactly my taste (very Arts and Craftsman style), but still nice. The grounds were gorgeous. What I loved the most were the flowers. Everything here in Arizona is starting to thaw out and it was a lovely spring weekend. The flowers were all abloom and smelled intoxicating. I mean, out of this world! You could get drunk on how good this place smelled! It was lovely.
lurve you, xoxo v.