Monday, October 22, 2012


dear emily,

ok, back to our trip!   we flew from florence to london, landing just 20
minutes after our youngest and her best friend.   hailey and hunter were
a little wobbly after their transatlantic coach flight.   while i was jabbering
excitedly about italy, hailey closed her eyes for a second and then fell
dead sleep in a nanosecond.

our hotel was beautiful, but the girls' room was not ready, so they crashed
on our bed.   while they were snoozing (snoring), the receptionist called
to say she would like to treat the girls to a penthouse suite, at no extra

hunter & hailey in our normal room

hans put his hand over the phone and asked, "have you ever heard of a girl
named bianca or reanna?"


apparently, she had stayed in the same 'room' a few days before.   if you
don't know who that is, google her.   that's what hans had to do.  :)

hunter and hailey in a rihanna sized room

so, imagine two 20 year old college students, accustomed to yucky dorm
rooms, peeking into the magnificence of a penthouse, accustomed to rihanna.
there was a lot of squealing, i can tell you.   then the doorbell rang, and we
met their personal BUTLER.

here's a little tour.   london will have to wait until next time.

75 white roses in the entry hall

breakfast room

strategizing in the sitting room

hailey claimed the shower

rooftop view of their city for ten weeks

good grief.


"now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more that all we ask
or imagine . . . "  ephesians 3:20


Farm Girl said...

How amazing is that? God is always so good to do more than we have ever thought of or imagined. It is a lovely room.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Oh I just had to applaud...doesn't God enjoy giving good gifts and watching our faces in fun, and what a life story for all
That is just great!!

Sonja said...

How exciting for the girls! It happened to us one time and I've never forgotten it!! They won't erther. :)

Lisa said...

WOW! That's what I call an upgrade!

Meg said...

Oh my, how exciting! That bathroom is amazing!

Blondie's Journal said...

The girls must have been in heaven! We've been upgraded before but not like this!!


Debbie said...

WOW!! How wonderful is that? It's just gorgeous. I bet they enjoyed every second of that! Our God can't be out given can He?

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh my gosh...fabulous! I bet those girls were loving and living it! Thank God for His goodness to your girls!

koralee said...

Really and truly!!!? This is amazing...there is hope for us all. xoxo hugs

Cindy said...

Very cool! lol

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Wow! What a stroke of luck for them! Hope they enjoyed every amenity and every moment!

Rebecca said...

WHAT? How wonderful is the HANDIWORK OF GOD!???

I just LOVE that man!

Love, Rebecca

Vee said...

What a fun experience for them! They look pretty happy about the turn of events. Was that lovely lady in the far corner of the room anyone we should know?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WHAT A GORGEOUS POST! THat hotel room; my goodness, I don't think I have ever had the pleasure of staying in a suite so elegant!

Thank you my dear for coming to share a comment on my post.NICE TO SEE YOU! Anita

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

What luck! I'd love to have a 'not-ready room' at any time at that rate! Fantastic space - and all for one person to stay.

Have a good time in London. You're only about 2 hours from me now. :-)

Maryann said...

Simply amazing, the girls will never forget that exerience

Jenners said...

WOWZA! I've never stayed in a Rihanna type room like that ... and they get the experience at age 20!! SO COOL!

Jenny said...


What a wonderful gift!

They will be talking about this 70 years from now!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh my, what a wonderful surprise upgrade and spectacular suite! Tiis will be an experience they will never forget, that's for sure!

Joan Elizabeth said...

How truly exciting. I would not have know who Rihanna was either except the company I work for sponsored her tour a year or two ago.

Forget the room just give me the roses!

Debbie Petras said...

Wow; how exciting! The photos are lovely. I love how blessings like this happen. Once we had the wonderful opportunity to stay in a penthouse in NYC. There's nothing quite like that view!

Blessings and love,

Rebecca said...


Auntie Cake said...

Wow! How amazing is that? An amazing room in an amazing city. What a wonderful experience!

I'll have to post the carmel recipe for you. I haven't felt like blogging lately, and tomorrow I have my Halloween party, but I'll let you know when I put it up. It truly is delish.

Single and Sane said...

Wow. Just wow.