Mystery Castle & Friends

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Don't forget about the special deal I am having for all of you while I am on vacation. I have noticed that the one thing you all like best is FREE SHIPPING - so here you go!!
*When you place a minimum $50.00 on line order, I will reimburse you the shipping cost when I arrive home.  Be sure to NOT check the NO CONTACT box or I will not be able to contact you. 

Please use this HOSTESS CODE: 7M6VN3U2
If your order is over $150.00 then do not use the Hostess Code because you will receive the Stampin' Rewards for yourself (10% of sales) - Sounds like a good deal! 10% of Free product and free shipping from me.
*We will be gone through January 7th so that is how long I will run this special.
*I will keep this at the beginning of each days post so you won't miss out on my vacation deal.
I can't believe that our vacation is coming to a close.
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We will tie up loose ends here today and fly home tomorrow, arriving later in the evening.  We have been blessed with a wonderful time with my sister, Lynette, and her husband, Rich.
On Sunday we went to church to hear a young Chaplin preach who Rich mentored and we got to meet his adorable wife.  What a special time.
After lunch out with them we parted ways and decided to take a tour of the MYSTERY CASTLE in Phoenix.  Here are some photos...

Here is the story behind this MYSTERY CASTLE...
The reality of dying was thrust upon Boyce Gully in his prime. Choosing not to live a life of quiet desperation awaiting the end, he ran away from home, family and friends.
Those were sad but wondrous times of soul searching and physical creativity. In his heart was permanently etched the vision of those precious moments when he and his little girl, Mary Lou, built sand castles on the beach in Seattle. How she would cry when the tide washed them away. “Please, Daddy, build me a big and strong castle someday that I can live in. Maybe you ought to build it on the desert where there is no water.”
He would just smile. Perhaps, it wasn’t a coincidence that he migrated to Arizona. He built Mary Lou a native stone castle - eighteen rooms, thirteen fireplaces (because he was the youngest of 13 children in his family), parapets (a low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony) and many charming nooks and crannies, then furnished it with southwestern antiques.
Boyce Gully died in 1945 before he could send for his family. His “princess” was an adult when she moved into her “castle” and began living her fairy tale, perpetuating her dream. She shared her “home” by giving guided tours of her beloved Mystery Castle until her death in 2010.
What a unique story.  I can't believe the daughter lived there so long because it is NOT your "normal" castle.
A treat for us to end the day was to have a short visit with our high school friend and her hubby who live in Phoenix.  We were here for their wedding in 1984 when Julie (age 5) and Jeff (age 3) were the miniature bride and groom.  We get to see Diana each year when she visits family in MI, but it was nice to be able to see where they live, and David again.
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