Sometimes things just don’t go the way we plan—and for some of us, that’s hard to stomach. But this past weekend was a perfect reminder that even when our plans go astray, the outcome can still be spectacular!
It was supposed to be a family weekend, but at the last minute Troy ended up having to stay behind due to a work-related situation. I piled all the kids into the SUV and we took off on our own, determined to make the best of our time, even without him along. Within two minutes—and I mean literally, within two minutes on the road—the rain began to pour down, and it continued for almost the entire trip.
Our friend, Cindy, had invited us to stay at her bed-and-breakfast. We arrived in the dark, in the pouring rain, via a circuitous route (compliments of our practical-joke-loving GPS), but at least we were safely there.
The next morning, it became clear that the rain which had made traveling so crazy was also responsible for the incredible smell coming from all the gorgeous, dripping plants around the property.
The place was beautiful and Cindy made us feel right at home. We had this whole wing to ourselves:
What a gift! (Thank you, Cindy!) She also blessed us with some incredible breakfasts.
Even though we weren’t able to do some of the things we’d planned for that day, we all still had a great time together.
Changed plans reigned again the next day as the weather made our original itinerary impossible, but the happy result was that we were able to spend the whole day with my brother and with Cindy and her son, doing some really cool things like visiting this place:
It was one of those drive-through safaris where you get to be up close and personal with lots of different wildlife, feeding them and laughing hysterically when they stick their heads right in through your open window to say hello! The weather was perfect, and the day with family and friends was better than anything we could have planned.
Here’s a small sampling of the animals we enjoyed. (Note that I was using a camera with very little zoom. They were just this close!)
This one was so sweet. It looked exactly like he was wearing a toupee!
We started lining the food pellets up on the windowsills for a closer view.
Addy was riding in this car in front of us, so we got to watch her feeding the animals…
…and hear her laugh and scream whenever they got too close…
Ever feel like you’re being followed? At one point I looked up into my rear-view mirror, and here’s what I saw:
After our drive and some lunch, we headed over to the petting area, where the girls became quite enamored of the little goats.
As you can see, this one especially loved snacking on Remi’s skirt.
Addy’s shirt must have been pretty tasty, too.
I thought all the lemurs were cute…
…but this one cracked me up! Just kickin’ back…
My bird lover was overjoyed to get her hands on a colorful feather from the macaw cages.
At the end of the day, Uncle Kyle gave all the kiddos coins so they could each choose an animal and press a souvenir penny. They took this very seriously…
Thanks for coming along to see what made me smile this weekend. I hope you’re smiling, too! (If not, check this funny guy out. I’m quite certain God has a hilarious sense of humor!)
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