We got the grand tour of the area, had some good meals, and most importantly, had time to sit and relax, and enjoy seeing each other. It had been about 5 years since we had seen Lory & Gary when they visited us in Sedona while on a road trip in 2013.
November started with the final preparations for Pam’s adult group b’not- mitzvah. After nearly 2 years of studying Hebrew, including 8 months of preparation, four ladies became bat-mitzvahs during the special Friday night services and ceremony at the Jewish Community of Sedona & the Verde Valley. A large crowd gathered for the beautiful service led by Rabbi Alicia, Pam and her classmates. It was an emotional evening for the participants, as well as the members of the congregation and guests that were in attendance. I am so proud of Pam and what she accomplished.
December 6th is always a special day for us. It is the date I consider to be when Pam and I became an official couple. She had invited me over to celebrate Hanukkah on that date back in 1996. We have been together ever since, so this December 6th marked 22 years of couplehood, and 19 and a half years of marriage. We are looking forward to celebrating our big 20th next year with a trip to Maui and Kauai.
This past weekend we had another special time, a visit from more friends from California that came to Sedona. Bobbie, Patti, and Debbie were co-workers when we were all tour guides at Heart Castle. We had not seen them since we left the Central Coast and moved to Sedona in 2012. We celebrated with dinner on Saturday night, followed by a beautiful Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour on Sunday morning. Our poor tour guide Brien had to put up with 5 retired tour guides in his jeep. There was a whole lot of talking going on. We followed that up with some window shopping and retail therapy in Uptown Sedona.