Making Lemonade

This past week we were supposed to be celebrating New Years in the Bahamas with the Rossells. It did not happen. Wednesday morning we woke up very early to head to the Montgomery airport to fly to Georgetown, Great Exuma via Atlanta only to find that both flights had been cancelled. Not delayed, CANCELLED. (they had sent a confirmation text at 11:00 pm the night before, followed by a cancellations text one minute later, we were asleep) We were assured they would put us on the next flight on the 30th. TWO DAYS LATER. I kid you not. We were flying with Delta, which we usually like. Not so much this trip. The nice  people at the Delta counter (which I am not being sarcastic, the workers themselves were pleasant enough, just not the outcome). Due to overbooked holiday schedules and limited seats, they could swap us to another airline, but could not guarantee that we would get on any of the other flights to the bahamas until the 30th. We were only going for 4 nights, so this was unacceptable. I tried for about 45 minutes to come up with another solution...fly somewhere near, rent a boat, etc. to no avail. James then tried for another hour to come up with a plan. (and he was a little more stern about it) It was just not going to happen. Hence the new Osborn slogan: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  I was sooo disappointed as we had fishing trips, boating excursions, and some good girl talk time planned. Molly and I had LOTS of catching up to do.  I was even freshly spray tanned!
Obviously the Lord had other plans for us, so we prayed, and redirected. My sweet husband said, "well where do you want to go that we can drive to? Anywhere you want." We had both always wanted to go to the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in SC, a beautiful Auburge resort that was named best Spa Resort in US 2010.  BUT we were packed for the BAHAMAS. Bathing suits, flip flops and linen. We both at least were wearing jeans. But we were making lemonade....so we called the Inn at PB and headed East. Our first stop, Target, of course.
Purchased:workout pants and top and tights (really you can turn anything into a winter outfit with black tights!) for our new destination
When we arrived we were greeted by Bethany and the AMAZING staff at Palmetto Bluff. They had upgraded us to a river view cottage because of our problems earlier. It was the nicest "cottage room" I have ever stayed in. 

I would copy this for a bathroom one day. Perfection. Complete with steam/rain shower to the left. 

Fire place. Ahhh

Welcome basket with lots of goodies and beautiful view of the May river.

porch perfection

the view

from the outside
 The weather was in the 60's and sunny. Not Bahamas' 80's, but nice.
James showing off his no hands trick circa 1990. We did a lot of this, riding bikes, kayaking, eating, bird watching, reading, and more eating. We definitely "made lemonade".


I also found our next few vacation homes in my pretend life.

I am not picky, any of those would do.

our one shot together

beautiful chapel

We then packed up and headed for Savannah to eat lunch and explore for a few hours before the trek home. We saw this little place with a long line and figured it must be good. 

me waiting in line, which if you know me know is not my favorite thing

But for these, worth it! James had the meatloaf sub and I had the chicken sub. 
The place is called Zunzi's if you are ever in the area. 

So my friends, we had a relaxing vacation, and learned we are NOT in control and to have FAITH that He has good planned no matter the circumstances. 


The Jennings said...

SO SORRY about your trip but sometimes it's the spontaneous "plan B's" that make life interesting!! Looks like y'all had a great time and so glad y'all were able to make the best of it. And if y'all ever decide to stay in any of the 3 pictured vacation homes, feel free to call us. I mean, just if there's an extra bed that just needs to be filled :) Hope y'all are doing well!

Leighton said...

So sorry about your trip!!! The SAME THING happened to us with Delta last year. Overbooking should NOT be allowed like it is! So glad y'all had a great trip. PB looks amazing!

Nancy said...

What a neat place! I think its great that you gave God all the glory for the new plan. Looked like a beautiful vacation!!

Kristen@ Joy in the Journey said...

Oh my goodness- that is so crazy that your trip to the Bahamas just didn't work out! But it always turns out so fun to just be spontaneous. I'm glad y'all had fun anyway!

Caroline Bobo said...

Plan B turned out to be awesome alone time with your hubby! Looks perfect like you said! Nice sporting the green skinny jeans :) Can't wait to hear more!