Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We flew from Chicago to San Francisco Sunday afternoon, 6/13, for Phil's next eleven days of work at Genentech where he's been on his (6th ongoing) engagement since the middle of January this year. (He will be here until the end of this year, and we will continue commuting between Chicago and San Francisco, returning home to Illinois only every other weekend.)

Once we had checked in and were settled in our room at the SFO Airport Marriott, there was a knock at our room door. Phil opened the door and found a gentleman from Room Service standing there with a tray containing a bottle of wine, a selection of cheeses, and crackers. When he set the tray down on the desk in our room, he also handed us a card addressed to "Mr. & Mrs. White."

The tray contents and the card were a gift to us from the hotel staff! We were so touched to discover a beautiful anniversary card that had been signed by the front desk and bell staff here at the hotel! I just *had* take a picture (above) of what they wrote on the card with which we were so surprised...and blessed! We then sat down and enjoyed the wine and cheese, and smiled a great deal as we chatted about how blessed we have been to have this "family" at the SFO Marriott (most of them the ages of our daughters).

Last evening, June 14th, which was our actual anniversary, we went to a local restaurant in Burlingame (south of San Francisco) called Kincaid's Bayhouse, and had a wonderful dinner! We first shared a plate of Oysters Rockefeller, and I felt they were the *best* Oysters Rockefeller I've ever had! Phil then had (of course) salmon; I had sea scallops. We didn't order dessert, which was a good thing, because the restaurant surprised us with a delicious crème brulée, which we shared. :-)

We were seated by the window overlooking the bay. The above photo was our view.

PJ paying the bill after our wonderful dinner together. My very own CPA has no problem figuring out the tip! (Smile.)

Once we left the restaurant, we walked the short distance to the paved walkway along the bay where I took the above photo looking westward to Burlingame proper where the SFO Marriott Hotel is located. A seagull was nice enough to fly through my line of sight just as I took the photo. :-)

Phil and I feel continually thankful and amazed to have enjoyed God's blessings on our marriage and our relationship the many years that have ensued since our wedding in 1965. We praise Him for His love for us, and for sustaining the love and faithfulness with which we have blessed one another. It hardly seems like it was 47 years ago that we met and enjoyed "love at first sight!" when we "just happened" to sit side by side during a rehearsal of The Moody Chorale the Fall of 1963!

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