TFC’s Lancaster Chapter Prayer Breakfast

Saturday morning, February 18.

We left the house about 6:45 and drove toward a beautiful sunrise.

There was beauty everywhere as we drove from Brickerville to New Holland on RT 322.

Then as we turned off of 322 we were greeted by this beautiful row of trees and bushes.

I love seeing bare trees on a horizon.

Ken, Chapter Contact Person, opened with a short devotional challenge.

Cerwin shared his challenge on The Great Commission.

After he finished, I shared excerpts from a few letters from our staff chaplains to add to Cerwin’s Great Commission challenge.

Then we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and a time of visiting.

We were in the area of “Team Mennonites” and enjoyed seeing several buggies.

Their buggies are black, so we knew they weren’t Amish.


It was a good morning.

Sunrise & Hawk

Friday, February 17

I never tire of seeing our beautiful winter sunrises.

In the late afternoon we saw this hawk outside one of our windows.

Because of the afternoon shadows, it is difficult to tell if it is a Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s Hawk. I lean toward a Sharp-shinned. What do you think?

Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14

God sent his love on Valentine’s Day with a beautiful sunrise.

That evening we went to Fox Meadows Creamery for ice cream.

We invited Rachel and Glenn Fahnestock to join us and they happily accepted.

We enjoyed visiting in a quiet corner – which betrayed the reality of a very, very busy place.

My Baked Fox – a delicious red velvet cookie with a dip of ice cream in the center.

Each person also got a kind of fortune cookie with a note or question inside.

Rachel’s ice cream.


They have some of the best ice cream in the country.

Cold & Windy

Monday, February 13

With temperatures in the 70s today, it is difficult to believe that a week-and-a-half ago we had a cold, windy day.

There was ice in the birdbath…

…and our Bible verse flag was flapping in the wind.

In some areas of the patio there were still patches of snow.

The Northern Mockingbird found a piece of suet on top of the frozen ground.


It felt like February eleven days ago – today if felt like May.

Birthday Lunch With Our Pennsylvania Children

Sunday, February 12

We took our Pennsylvania children to General Sutter in Lititz for lunch after church.

Flowers and a card from Jere and Kristen’s family.

Our crew. I am so honored to do life with them. They are the best!

Notice that our oldest and youngest are not paying attention to the photographer. 🙂

Okay, now we have everyone’s attention.

An appetizer for the table.

Dinner is served.

My favorite meal at General Sutter – Chicken & Leek Pie

Apple Caramel Toffee Pie

Chocolate Lava Cake

Pretzel Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cake 

My Limoncello Cake – A Sicilian lemon infused sponge cake, Italian mascarpone. Oh, yum!


I love, love going out with these guys. We missed you Mark and Diane.