Here are some more pictures from our trip: Let me know if I'm boring you with these and I'll stop.
Shelli at our general session after a good nights sleep. Even though it's optional to attend any event, I never want to miss anything and even Mike wanted to attend to see 'what's happening with the company.'
Here I am spinning the prize wheel. The first day I won a pack of 'Flock Together' DSP and the next 2 times I won the 'Soho' and 'Hooray' Designer hardware packs. Then I won a pack of 'Flower Assortment' designer brads. WOO HOO....love spinning the wheel.
on the path back to our room.
more views of the path we took
Some pictures I took on the way back and we saw this fella along the path walking back to our room after spinning the wheel. Then we headed out for a day of adventure.
We were driving around and a friend said 'Hey, there's a sign for The Painted Church, I wanted to see that while we were here.' So we stopped to visit. It was a beautiful, old church. Here's a little history from the internet.
The Catholic church has been a part of life in South Kona since 1842. The first church was located on the shore of Honaunau near the City of Refuge and was known as St. Francis Regis chapel. By the mid 1880's most of the folks had moved away from the beach to the cooler climate and more fertile soil to be found a bit higher on the slopes of Mauna Loa. Father John Berchmans Velghe, A Sacred Hearts father from Belgium, arrived in 1899 and decided to follow the local residents up the mountain slope. The folks dismantled the church and with the help of mules, moved it to its present location.
Father Velghe, a self-taught artist, painted the interior walls of the church. His three dimensional interior painting was inspired by the gothic cathedral of Burgos in Spain. His painting of scenes from the bible and the lives of the saints were very important teaching tools in a time when many people couldn't read and write. Throughout church history cathedrals and churches have been adorned with paintings, stained glass windows and statuary that told stories from the old and new testaments and about the lives of
heroes from both Hebrew and Christian tradition.
St. Benedict's Church, with its unique art work, is listed in the Hawaii State Register of Historic places and the National Register of Historic Places. To read more, click here.
And Mike snapped one of me.
I thought this view from the window would make a cool picture.
The pictures here can't do it justice. What an incredible artist. I could have stayed inside the church for hours.
Mike signing the guest book.
A view from the front door.
I caught the sun going down through the top of the lattice work and had to capture it.
What a beautiful sunset. Another great day on the Big Island.
We spent the day driving around coffee plantations and tasting coffee. I must have been so excited with the rich, yummy coffees that I forgot to take pictures of those stops.
This pillow gift was a fantastic end to a great day. His and hers bags on our bed as we came in for the evening. A 'little' gift from Stampin' Up! WOO HOO. LOVE MY BAG.