Sunday, January 18, 2009

ABC Cruise

You all probably thought I fell off the face of the earth, but Tom and I were on a cruise. We went to the Bahamas for his job. It was a cruise/conference for the pastors and leaders of the Association of Bridge Churches (ABC). I know, I know, it sounds like a tough job, but someone had to do. Seriously, I was concerned with Tom’s health how he would do with all the traveling and the running of things. He did well. When we could rest, we did and that helped lots. Monday he will have his second round of chemo.

It was great to see people we haven’t seen since the last year’s conference again. These were a great bunch of people to go on a cruise with. Some of our favorite moments were when we had a chance to sit and talk to different people. I took lots of pictures of course. So I thought I would “show” you the cruise in pictures. It was a four day cruise so this will be done in either two or three parts.

We arrived a couple of days early. This is the view from our room. I thought of you Tina.
I looked out the window from my hotel room and saw these ducks swimming around in the pool. Aren't they cute?
One of the things I helped with was get people on the bus. We didn't want to leave anyone behind. Tom and I waiting on the buses.
The buses arrived at Port Canaveral where our ship left from.
A close look of Monarch of the Sea, a Royal Caribbean ship. If you ever get a chance to go on a cruise I would suggest Royal Caribbean. This was their smallest ship.
This was the first time that we cruised and had a window in our stateroom. It was nice because the room was spacious. This is the view from our stateroom before we set sail.
By the elevators there stood a model of the ship. It listed all the floors and what were on them.
Before you can set sail, you have to do a life boat drill. Everyone always look so comfortable in their life jackets, but it's good to know what to do in case of an emergency. Below in life vests are Ron, Chris, Ben, John & Sara

The rock climbing wall at night. The only activity that I had with this wall was walking past it and taking a picture.
Dinner time was fun. We sat with this lovely pastor and his wife from England, Tony & Dwee. If you are ever sad, visit England and spend time with them. They will have you laughing within seconds.
Jodi and Josh (Josh is worship leader who I blogged about before) and Joni and Eric who run the intern program for Streams Canada.
Tom with Michael French. He is a pastor from Alabama and has a great sense of humor. Stay tuned for his lovely wife Elisa who can rock it in karaoke.
© Nadine Zawacki 2009

28 comments:

Dawn said...

Wow, I'm so glad you were absent for such a great reason! We've done one cruise and enjoyed it greatly - but would definitely want a window next time!

We were so blessed to be assigned to a table with wonderful Christian people - a secular cruise with the most awesome fellowship. What a serendipity and blessing!

Marla said...

Looks like you had a great time. It was a good thing that Tom got away before he takes more chemo.

Ann(ie) said...

What a fabulous getaway for two very deserving people!!!!

Steph said...

Like I said, I just want to live vicariously thru you...so go into as much detail as you want---I'm eating it up!

Oh, I have to go now...I'm reading this REALLLLY good book and I just can't put it down!

a woman who is said...

Wonderful treat for you and Tom. What a great time to go on a cruise. Time for Tom to rest in between chemo, and I am guessing some great weather. Can't wait to see more photos. By the way take a peek at my "The Tree is Down" post...I have been missing a certain Pastor and his wife a whole lot.... :(

Scarlet said...

Good times! I love what you said about the rock climbing wall. ;)

Cruises are a lot of fun and I love how there's always something to do and eat AT ALL HOURS! I'm glad Tom was able to enjoy it and that you both reunited with folks that make you laugh.

I can't wait to see the karaoke pictures...although something tells me I won't be seeing you with a microphone in your hand. :)

Bex said...

Hi stranger! Glad to see you are alive! That cruise looks like a blast! Wish I had been to be your (ahem) photographer (ahem) you know ... just so you could be in the pictures too! Not because I am at all interested in going on a fabulous cruise!

linda said...

It looks like you have a wonderful time with fabulous people! I bet it was nice to get away...and glad to hear that hubby did well too!

Staying tuned for part 2!

Erin said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! Glad you got a chance to get away (even if it was for work reasons). :)

It's All Good! said...

How fun and to spend it reconnecting with so many friends to boot.
I'm with you on the rock climbing wall. My feet are planted!

KarenW said...

What fun! Wow, that is a tall rock wall. I think I would just walk by it too. So glad you were able to go!

Shionge said...

Hey Nadine, glad that bonding also takes his mind off from the chemo and glad to see the smile on his face :)

palmtreefanatic said...

great pics! makes me wanna go back on a cruise!
Thanks for the palm tree pic!

chelle said...

How nice that you were able to get away and enjoy yourselves. I am so glad to read Tom was ok during the trip. You are in our thoughts!

jennifer said...

Well y'all know ALL Alabama folks have great senses of humor and rock Karaoke. *heavy southern drawl* It's ih-un ar ginetick may-cup! :D If the Frenches are near lower Alabama let me know. I would love to go and sit under his preaching one Sunday.

I am SOOOOOOOO glad that you and Tom got to go away together and have a good time. And all for the cause of Christ's church! Now how SUPER cool is that? God blesses His children.

You and Tom have steadily remained in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that his next treatment goes smoothly.

And yes, next time I have the blues I think England is just what I need. I will inform hubby to start saving for my trip LOL!

Hugs and Love to you and Tom!

Oh, and as to your question about the link... when my post publishes today at 6 pm, I am going to post a direct link to it.

Tammy said...

I am so happy to to know you guys got to go on this wonderful cruise with great people!!! I bet this was just what you needed, too...God is good!
Praying for Tom this week...

(((HUGS)))

Anonymous said...

loved all your pics and your blog. Just to remind you that my necklace wants to be written into your next book, preferably on the neck of someone cool and female. What a cruise and what a blast to be honoured guests on your table. Remember that food .... ooh so good. Praying for Tom today and for the treatment. x

dwee cooke said...

Did something wrong and came up as anonymous but I am really Dwee

Strider said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Did you enjoy that cruise as much as the Alaska cruise you guys took a few years ago? We're praying for you guys. Strider

Christina said...

I am so happy for you. Getting a little vacation must of been so nice. It looks like it was a nice ship and it looks like you had a great time with the others. I have never been on a cruise, but hope someday to go on one. Nice to see you back.

Kate said...

That is soooo awesome! I would love to go on a cruise someday. I still laugh at my bff's hubby Joe who took the family on a cruise...they took before and after pictures. Before, Joe had washboard abs...after, well, it was just a belly shot...lol.
I'm so happy for you two!
xoxoxoxo
Kate

Lala's world said...

that is so cool! what a treat!

Jen(n) said...

yay... how fun!

Art said...

Wow, a cruise? Looks like a great time. Glad you're back!

Louise said...

Oh looks like a fabulous time!
Saw your pics on Facebook too ;)
HUGS

Penless Thoughts said...

So wonderful you and Tom were able to do this. We've never been on a Cruise.
Susan

Damselfly said...

You had to take a cruise to the Bahamas for work?! What a rough job. Looks as though you had fun.

Rhonda said...

How wonderful. Congratulations on the trip. Sounds like a perfect getaway for you & your husband.