Tilikum Camp and Retreat Center holds many wonderful memories for us and our family. So it was no hardship to drive just outside Newberg to participate in “Thanksgiving in April,” a small event to thank a room full of people for their support and involvement in Tilikum’s ministry.
My participation involved sitting and reading in the car by this peaceful lake while Mauri set up his simple arrangement for leading a few songs.
When it was time to join him inside I took the longcut to take in my surroundings.
I wondered if he would miss me if I just took this path instead.
Or if I sat here for a spell. Hmmm. There’s room for him here; maybe he’d just come out and sit with me where the people weren’t.
But I set my dreaming aside and walked toward the smell of sage dressing. Did I mention the event was called “Thanksgiving in April”? I quickly took a picture of this remarkable bread before I sliced into it. You’ll just have to imagine all the other from-scratch offerings because I was thoroughly engaged in moving food from my plate to my mouth.
Between the meal and the meeting I stood at this window remembering . . .
. . . when we posed for wedding pictures with John and Erin.
And I took this memorable shot.
This is Dennis Littlefield, Tilikum executive director, updating and visioncasting.
You know this guy. He’s the reason we were invited to this gathering. (Note shiny new boots!)
Gary Fawver, former executive director, points to the big swing out yonder. He was sharing from his collection of “kid” quotes. This particular story was about three kids at the swing. One asked another if he thought Jesus would like the swing or if he would be scared. The third was sure Jesus wouldn’t like it at all. “It would make his dress fly up!”
Ken Vanden Hoek had Tilikum stories too, and after we were dismissed,
everyone went home with a gift bag, which I’m going to go open right now.