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On Monday morning I woke up to an email message from a school family whom I have known for several years. She had read my status and offered the use of their lake house for the week! I was quite speechless.
They are currently in California, the house is lying vacant, and she wanted to offer its use as a gift. It is located in a small, quiet town about 3.5 hours from Kansas City. There is no cable, no phone (limited cell service), and sporadic internet. It sounds like the perfect get-away to me!
After careful consideration (it is difficult for me to accept gifts and compliments --- and I had to find care for the dogs), I decided to take her up on this kind and generous offer. The girls are going to join me (Geoff has to work) and we leave this morning. I am taking my camera (in the hopes of venturing on several photo shoots), my "research" books for my writing, and my laptop. I will pack only a few clothes, a swimsuit, and no makeup. I am NOT taking school work (outta sight, outta mind is what I am hoping for - at the very least it will prevent me from focusing on curriculum the entire time). We will relax on the dock, eat simple fare, and sleep in late.
This is a most unexpected get-away, and I feel very blessed.
I will post again this weekend.