Our 20th Anniversary Celebration Day 2 of 4

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After a relaxing morning of room-service breakfast we headed toward Saugatuck. I swung by Biggby Coffee and tried one of their “skinny” Teddy Bear coffee drinks and it was superb! That fueled me for the drive west and about an hour and half later we drove into Saugatuck and were greeted by one of their more notable landmarks the “Peterson Mill.” I snapped a few shots off of the mill and the surrounding frozen water. 

Blue Star Antique Pavilion 

We drove through the small water town and since it was only 11 a.m. we decided to seek out some antique shops I had looked up online. Fortunately for us, we started with the best the area had to offer in our opinion – Blue Star Antique Pavilion located at 2945 Blue Star Highway Douglas, MI. Their website is http://www.bluestarantiquepavilion.com/ 

This place is so filled with treasures, the hardest part about shopping here is knowing where to begin and how to fit it all in. We shopped for 2 ½ hours and spent about $130. We purchased a silver chafing dish, several Zane Grey books, a 1969 Farmer’s Almanac, a small jewelry dish, and a set of (4) 24kt. gold leafed bowls, and (2) plates to match. The best treasure of all was stainless steel Sunbeam Coffee Percolator for $20! This was a treasure for a variety of reasons, not the least of which that it was made in America, coffee strength selector dial, and extremely quiet percolation. This little pot buries the “made in China” models I’ve had in the past for quality, speed, and yes, price. Judging by the cord configuration this model is circa 1970…hmmm not bad for 40 years old! 

We will definitely make this a regular place to visit if we are ever in the area. For any antique enthusiast, this store is a MUST! The staff were friendly and accommodating and overall we felt the pricing was within reason. 5 out of 5 ‘Stars’ for us! 

Uncommon Grounds Coffee Roasters 

Another Saugatuck MUST for coffee lovers (and tea) is Uncommon Grounds Coffee Roasters. You are greeted by the intoxicating aroma of not just fresh ground coffee, but fresh ROASTED coffee! Roasts varying from their House Roast, to Guatemalan, Columbian, Kenyan, Fog Cutter, and their Coffee Lover’s which after being given a complimentary taste I had to buy a pound! 

Land Sharks of Saugatuck 

We hit the 50% Off Winter Sale at Saugatuck’s Land Sharks. I bought a pair of Keen’s, my favorite shoe maker of all time. And a pair of Patagonia’s which made me feel guilty for cheating on my Keen’s! For less than $150 I upgraded my casual/outdoor shoes. I even got the approval of my cousin Matt Bowen who also is a Keen Enthusiast! 

  

Kilwin’s of Saugatuck 

No anniversary celebration is complete with CHOCOLATE! Kilwin’s more than fits the bill here. At first we were disappointed as we drove into town to see their former location boarded up. As we drove further into town we were relieved to find their new location just before the 4-way light. Shan picked out a few of her fav’s as did I. I had a hard time making up my mind, but came up with quite an assortment including several truffles of dark and milk chocolate. 

Pizza Mambo 

After settling into our suite for the night, the last thing we felt like was heading back out into the cold. We googled pizza places in Saugatuck and were pleasantly surprised by Pizza Mambo’s. We ordered 2 salads; 1 Caprese and 1 Antipasto. For pizza we ordered a 12” medium with mushrooms, onions, bacon, and green peppers. 

Awesome is a way overly used word to describe things, but in terms of pizza and salad this raised the bar. The pizza was thin-crusted and used provolone instead of mozzarella. What a change from the blasé typical pizzas. The show stoppers were the European-style Caprese and Antipasto. Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Sliced Tomato, drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar adorned the Caprese. Prosciutto, Salami, Sausage, Smoked Provolone, Parmegiano Reggiano, House Marinated Olives & Giardiniera on a bed of Romaine. Served with Grilled Italian Bread was enough to share for the Antipasto! Is your mouth-watering yet? Definitely a ‘do-again’ is in order for this place. Delivered for $38, but gourmet all the way. Incidentally, delivery is the only way to go with this place as it is entirely too small to eat-in. 

I will be doing a separate blog entry for our suite at the Bayside Inn of Saugatuck.

Celebrating 18 Years of Marriage – Weekend Getaway Day 4

Sunday February 10, 2008 

Officially our anniversary date. 18 years ago this day I married the absolute love of my life! We had a great time while away. It was a good thing we got that massage the night before we left. We woke up to sub-zero wind-chills and winds gusting at 30-40 mph. It was down-right bitter to say the least. The drive home was treacherous. We had a rental car that the body shop had given us due to Shannon’s car being repaired (long story). It was a Ford Focus, which is small and as it turns out, not very good in high winds and slick conditions. I was WK (white-knuckling) all the way home. We made it safely, but I sure could ahve used another massage after that drive!

I enjoy taking Shannon to the yarn stores. I like plugging in the addresses into my GPS and just heading out. Plus, knowing that Shannon enjoys it so much adds a thrill for me too. God had certainly blessed us over the past 18 years. Our children are both saved and filled with the Holy Ghost, I have a great job, we have a great little home, we help pastor a world-class Apostolic church, and we have a great big wonderful God looking out for us ever step of the way.

I have been invited as the guest speaker at a marriage retreat in a couple of weeks. God has granted us widsom through-out not only our marriage but our ministry. I look forward to encouraging other couples to pursue a happy marriage. It’s one of the most rewarding investments a person will ever make; investing in a relationship of a husband and wife.

Celebrating 18 Years of Marriage – Weekend Getaway Day 1

Thursday February 7, 2008 

Shannon and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this weekend. February 10, 1990 was the start of a joyful journey that I have never looked upon with any regret. Shannon has brought so much joy to my life that I cannot imagine life without her. When asked if I love her as much as I did when I married her, I must say no, I do not love her as much as I did when I married her…I love her MORE!

How does one celebrate an 18th wedding anniversary. Well you start by packing your bags for a weekend retreat. We don’t like to go far, but far enough to feel as though you’re getting away from it all.

Day 1 – Ludington
We left on Thursday (2/7/08) for Ludington and stayed in a beautifully appointed Holiday Inn Express. I would highly recommend this hotel as the attention to detail and ammenties was astounding. In fact, they raised the bar for the weekend that was difficult to match, let alone beat. We arrived in Ludington in the evening so there wasn’t much we could see or do at night. You may ask why we chose Ludington and I have 2 reasons. One, Shannon wanted to be by the water and two, there were a couple of yarn stores Shannon wanted to visit. Good enough reasons for me!