Saturday, January 10, 2009

Three Days Without

Tomorrow I'm going on a mini-vacation. Every year Pigeon Forge holds a fantastic Wilderness Wildlife Week, with dozens of free workshops, concerts, and lectures focused on the Great Smoky Mountains. The kids and I usually try to make it over to Pigeon Forge for a day, but this year we are staying in a hotel (with a pool) for three whole nights.

I haven't quite absorbed that I'll be gone for three nights and almost three entire days. I haven't packed a thing except a bag of assorted food items and our swim suits. I'm not used to random vacations. I won't be able to check my email for almost three whole days! But I am grateful for a little time out of my ordinary life. My college friend Dee Ann's funeral is tomorrow in Kansas City, and the sadness lays heavy on my heart. I wish I could be there.

While I normally run from self-help books, I finished reading what turned out to be a fantastic book recently: Joyce Meyer's The Secret to True Happiness. I am giving away my signed copy of this book. If you would like a chance to win it, go read my review here and leave a comment. I'll pick a random winner when I return from my mini-vacation.

Until then, remember to relish your daily life.


  1. Okay I'll stick my nose out here and try for the book!

    Have fun on your trip. Im needing a vacation in a big way!

  2. This comes at such a perfect time for me. Tomorrow is my birthday- the big 40. I was feeling sorry for myself for a good hour today. I prayed about it and perked up!:) Thanks for the giveaway!

    Have a fabulous trip! It sounds like lots of fun- wish I could join you! Lori

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend but I hope you get plenty of rest and relaxation on your vacation. Take care and be safe.

  4. Even after givin you a hard time...I hope you have a wonderful time! And I will pray for you as your heart is so sad over the loss of Dee Ann...

  5. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. A small vacation sounds like just what you need this weekend. Have a safe, restful trip!

  6. Thanks for the tip about Wilderness Wildlife Week. We're in the Nashville area, so that would be something fun to do my little guy when he gets a little older. Sounds great! I love the idea of making a mini-vacation of it.

  7. I hope you had a restful mini-vacation. We visited Pigeon Forge over the summer and fell in love with the area. I hope you'll share stories about Wilderness Wildlife Week. Sounds very interesting!

    The new colors on the blog look great. Nice and winter-ish. :)


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