Pennsylvania, that is. DH was our last-minute guy...he ended up with a presentation on Friday in the Greater Lehigh Valley so off we went on Thursday night, ending up in Bethlehem. I've never been there and I have to say, dragging five kids around with me, it wasn't the friendliest place I've visited. Still, there were some nice moments...
Moravians, Books, and Sculpture
While DH was in his meeting, we ended up walking through the historic part of town (the Moravians landed here in the early 1740's seeking religious freedom). Just down the street from the settlement is Moravian College, a present-day undergraduate institution which was started as a girls' school in 1742 by 16-year-old Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf.
Baseball, Bacon and a few Ghosts
After dropping DH back at the hotel to do his work, we went out into the beautiful day to explore two pretty cool places...first, a baseball stadium!
|Coca Cola park is home to the Iron Pigs, a Phillies AAA team|
|Being the Iron Pigs, they are serious about all things porcine. In fact, the nickname for this place is Bacon City!|
|Not quite as large as the Louisville one ;0)|
Go figure, this is the only place all day that we were not only greeted warmly but also told to take our time and enjoy....ahem.
|I love when they have all the Saints in Heaven. It is such a beautiful image.|
|still learning how to take pano but still a beautiful church|
|They had a lovely display set up on the Marian altar for Fatima's anniversary.|
|Perfect place to light a candle!|
|The Ghost of Bethlehem Steel|
Saturday was a new day and a new city...up early because there was much to accomplish!
Malvern: Rain, Running and Nuns!
If you've been reading along, you know I enjoy a 5k now and then. Not to compete, although it's fun to see your time improve (or not in my case), but mostly to support a cause. I decided a while back that I would stick to Catholic causes when I chose to pay my entry fee. How blessed I was that this year that the entire clan joined me for the IHS Nun Run!
|The night before the run we picked up our packets and the sisters gifted each of our girls with a pocket mirror. This is my kind of marketing!|
|Modeling the shirts...with Sister, brought for a good night's sleep|
|Saturday AM in the car waiting for the rain to stop before the race..movies are good to pass the time.|
|Ready to run!|
|The boys did well but the females in the crowd held their own :0)|
|So funny...the first steep hill.|
|The funds went to Camilla Hall, home of the retired nuns. They were all out with signs and noisemakers when we went past. It was beautiful|
|So grateful to give our kids the opportunity to witness these wonderful women who have given their lives to the Church|
|C said she was dancing to the Sisters' beat...yes, I was walking off and on at this point. My fault...three days of "training" isn't quite enough - a runner I am not.|
|One of the sweet young sisters...luckily we didn't need her services ;0)|
|The signs were priceless. One said "Praise the Lord, you've finished two miles!"|
|Alpha and Omega ;0)|
|The balloon made everything better|
|We all made it! And the sun came out!|