Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Unexpected Get-away

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On Sunday night my Facebook status said something along the lines of "This is the last week of summer and I want to make it count.  Any suggestions of what I should do?"  I really didn't expect too many replies, except maybe a few well-wishers and sympathizers.

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.

21 comments:

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

That is amazing! I hope you have a great time. I love stories like this.

bermudaonion said...

What a wonderful gift! I hope you have a fantastic time!

Meghan said...

What great timing! I hope you have a fantastic week away!

Liz said...

AWESOME!!! What a beautiful story! Have a wonderful, wonderful time:)

patti said...

Praise God for new mercies with every dawn.

Let's pray He gifts you with a brilliant plot idea as you enjoy "Hotel California."

blessings,
Patti

lifeonthecutoff said...

How wonderful! Enjoy, safe travel, and safe home.

JoAnn said...

That's fantastic!!! Have a wonderful time - relax, recharge, enjoy!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Wow that is way cool. We have friends who have a condo at the beach and when we get an offer to use it, we do! It is like a surprise Christmas! You have a wonderful, unplugged, makeup-free week Molly. It is the perfect way to end the summer.

Staci said...

Wow!! Sounds like a super time will be had by all! Enjoy the time unplugged and getting recharged!!!

Kathleen said...

Wow, what a wonderful gift. I'm glad you made yourself accept it. Have a wonderful time!

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

Oh gosh, this sounds fantastic, Molly! I'm so excited for you! Go and make the most of it....I hope you have a wonderful time and take some pics for us to see!

Aths said...

Wow.. I am truly happy for you!! This sounds like a perfect getaway! Have fun and hope you get some much-needed relaxation!

Beth said...

I hope you are having a great week!!

J. Kaye said...

Oh Molly, that is seriously fantastic! I can't wait to see the pics...have a blast!

Jenners said...

How wonderful!! I'm so proud of you for accepting this lovely and heartfelt gift!!! Enjoy!

Christine said...

What a wonderful gift! I'm so glad you accepted! Have a wonderful, relaxing time. =)

Catherine Ensley said...

Have a great time. Do you really wear makeup? I guess people still do. Not where I hang out. It's so nice to work with a bunch of granolas. It makes getting ready in the morning take two seconds flat.

caite said...

a week at a lake with a camera and few distrations..and no doubt a couple of books... sounds wonderful.
have a great time!

Alyce said...

That sounds fabulous! I hope you have a wonderful week of relaxation!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I hope you are having a wonderful, restful time. You deserve a week away before school starts.

Literary Feline said...

What a generous offer! I hope you had a marvelous time, Molly.

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