Every year my mom, aunt, grandmother and I go on a three day, two night getaway. It truly is a getaway. A few days of nothing but shopping, laughing, and more shopping. In August we reserved our hotel, and by the last of September we had our daily itenairy together. For a few days everything in the world is good, and life is wonderful...normally. This year the unexpected passing of Granny almost brought our trip to a halt. Yet, my mom and I knew Granny would want us to carry on and not sit on the sidelines of life for the sa
Our trip started with my first French manicure at "Bella Nail Bar." They are awesome. Surprisingly, having your nails done professionally makes one feel extra beautiful. The technicians asked if we were going someplace special for lunch. I guess if Chick-Fil-A is special, we did. The next time you go you should try the frozen lemonade. It is the perfect way to finish off your meal.
After lunch we went to the most exciting store ever... Wal-Mart! Yes, Wal-Mart. We spent several hours looking through make-up isles, clothing, and picking up our snacks for the trip. Finally it was time to check into Hampton Inn. I am almost certain the lady at the front desk thought we were insane. We had two carts full for two short nights! Yet what more should one expect with four women traveling?
Our evening ended with swimming, pizza and a devotion. It wasn't until devotion feelings of grief set in. Although that night I fell asleep with tears, I had the comfort of knowing all things work together for good even if we can't see it in the moment.
We spent the time at a strip mall. The weather was perfect. Warm enough not to need a coat but the feeling of fall was in the air. I didn't end up buying anything, but that was actually my goal. That evening we ordered take out Panera. Although I hadn't broke down, I was exhausted...emotionally exhausted. I finished the day with a nice swim before taking a long hot shower. I missed our devotion that night because I fell asleep long before anyone else did.
The hotel provided a breakfast bar, which was nice. After breakfast we called down to the front desk and asked for a late checkout. It was nice not have to rush. I dreaded coming home, but knew I would eventually have to face home alone again. Today my emotions overshadowed the day. Tonight I am an emotion mess.. Writing this has been therapeutic for me. With this thought I will end, my eyes are filled with tears and my heart is breaking.