Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Gift

 Have you ever been given a gift that you know you can't possibly repay? One that blesses 
you more than words can ever say? Our family was given that gift this past week.

 It started several months ago, when a couple that we've become acquainted with at 
church asked us a simple question. 
They said "Does your family ever get away?" 
 We smiled, and said that it tended to be "day trips" with a family of 8.

 The next week they showed up with a book of destinations. They were offering us a week at 
their timeshare, anywhere we wanted to go! We were overwhelmed. People don't give
family of 8 a vacation, it just doesn't happen!

 We'd never been to dinner with this couple, never had them in our home, and only gotten 
to know them in the past year, but they chose to bless our family in this way. 
And what a blessing it was my friends. 

I can't even begin to tell you.


 Our entire family spent a week at the beach, in a lovely 3 bedroom condo. Both of our older 
sons were able to come too. We all had a wonderful time. 

Thank you  so much Larry and Aleen.

 You've exemplified Christ's example of offering a gift that can never be repaid.
It has meant so much to our whole family. More than you'll ever know.
Words cannot begin to express the joy and thankfulness we feel in 
our hearts!


Thelma Louise said...

Wow...I Cant find the english word i wondt to use now...:-)) So nice..:-) Im so happy for you all.:-) Greate memories, you will never forget this :-)

Have a nice day.:-)

My name is PJ. said...

That's outstanding, Marcia! I've been on the receiving end of such gifts and always found the giver has no idea how monumental they are.

Love your header. Did you change it? I think you changed it. :)

It's me said...

What a amzing story !! and a amazing gift!! nice of that people to give you this.......i am so glad for you....happy love love Ria.....

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow! How wonderful ~ thank you for sharing such an inspiring story! Glad you had fun making memories!

Melanie said...

That is wonderful! I'm so happy for you all, and glad you had a lot of fun! :)

katie said...

Oh my Marcia, I just spent yesterday at a simulcast of Beth Moore and she taught on Proverbs 31:26 the law of kindness., Your friends certainly did express their kindness to you.
So happy the whole family got to go.
blessings. Katie

Sue said...

Marcia, Sometimes, the most amazing things can happen to us and this was certainly the case for you. I'm glad you and your family were able to enjoy being at the beach together. Your friends were very generous. Good things happen to good people...
~ Sue

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

I'm reading this post and my eyes are filling up with tears. Amazing, just amazing. Larry and Aleen are truly amazing in, not only their generosity, but by the example they've shown to others.

LLJ said...

I am so happy for all of you! How wonderful!


Shirley... said...

I love that for your family!! I am so happy that you were blessed with such a sweet gift!

Farm Girl said...

Wow!! That is amazing. I bet you had so much fun. Thank you for sharing it and I love the pictures.
It blesses me today!

Kaybe said...

God is good all the time. That was an Eph 3:20 vacation - exceedingly, abundantly above all that you could ask or think. yay friends Bigger YAY God!

Goosegirl said...

Oh Marcia, I am so happy for you!!! What a wonderful gift!! I am so glad you all had such a great time and were able to all be together as a family. You will remember this special blessing forever.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Thank you for the smile you just gave me. The givers of the gift must be TICKLED PINK to know how much this meant to your family.

Sweet weekend.

Colleen said...

Someone gave my family the exact same gift. We spent a week at the beach too. What a glorious time and I never forgot the generosity! Looks like you had a glorious time too!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is so wonderful Marcia!
What a wonderful couple to have offered this for your family.
Your pics are great, lovely family!

NanaDiana said...

I just got goosebumps reading your post. What a blessing-pure and simple and God-driven. Something you would never ask for~nor expect...and here it is--freely given. God is good! Hugs, Diana

Julie Harward said...

WOW...what awesome people! I wish someone would have done that for us as we raised our 8! Looks like everyone had so much fun! I am so happy for you! :D

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

This is just sooooo awesome...and I can so understand the gratefulness in your heart and the treasured memories that were made there. We had a couple give us their condo for the weekend of our 30th anniversary, otherwise we wouldn't have been able to get away....we haven't been able to get away in 10 years...I know the joy of receiving such a timely gift.
I am so excited for you and so glad all of your children got to go with you!!! That is a miracle in itself!!! I know there are 10 of us now, and schedules are always full!!!
What an awesome, personal, caring God we serve!!!

Amy Kinser said...

What a wonderful blessing for your family. Isn't it awesome when God uses His children to bless one another. We can be His hands and feet on this earth, can't we?

sissie said...

Hi Marcia,
What a wonderful gift for you and your family. How gracious and loving from that sweet couple.

Your kids are so cute and I can just imagine the laughter that went on in that condo.


Janet said...

That is such a blessing... the Lord provides for all of our needs... even a vacation with our family!

Auntie Bliss said...

Ohhhh :)
How thoughtful. I'm sure each of the 8 needed that sweet family time!
And don't you know that family received a blessing by giving?
It is good to read a story like this every now and then amongst all the others!
Oh I'd love to make you a banner :)
I can't do all the tricks but some :)

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

What a sweet thing that couple did for your family. You will have memories for a life time from this trip.
Carole seeing all their happy faces!

The Four Tides said...

What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing.

Glenys said...

Praise the Lord for the nice people like them! Nice trip and pictures.

Margitta said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I love your blog - I just became your follower (nr200 :).
You're children are so beautiful. I'm looking forward to read more...
Greetings from Norway!

Kelli said...

Amazing! That is fantastic and I'm so glad your family was blessed in such a fantastic way! :)

Regan Family Farm said...

Oh my goodness...isn't God good??? How fun that we both were able to post on such gifts. And I was even thinking about you last night while I was posting...blessings, friend!

BailiwickStudio said...

What an amazing gift for sure! It looks like you all had a fantastic time, judging from the smiles! xoJill

Aubrey said...

Hi Marcia,
It looks like your family had a wonderful time with one another. I received your note and I would feel honored. I recently started a blog on here too so that I could begin following others adventures and creativity. Thank you again for your sweet words!

jAne said...

What a loving gesture to gift your family with time away - and at such a lovely spot! :o)

I've been to that very place - stayed there along with all my husband's family to celebrate their mother's 80th. We're going again in January, staying there to celebrate her 85th!

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

The best gift ever, right! How wonderful..., the art of receiving!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

WOW! That is amazing!!!! What sweet and wonderful people they are!
God bless them!
have a pretty day!

Linda said...

This is really a lovely post! What a wonderful gift to your family, and I'll bet Larry and Aleen were blessed by it, too! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your nice comment!

Gloria said...

How nice of them to do this for your family! That was very generous! May our good Lord continue to bless them in their faithful service to Him.
God knew your family deserved this blessing...:)

Kelly said...

Wow, what a blessing! How wonderful for your family. God is so good, isn't He?

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

65 Roses for Marcia said...

Wow, how awesome is that? Looks like your family really enjoyed it too! Nice they could all be there...I just saw this because we are also at the ocean and haven't been on computer much. those little cottages are CUTE!

Natacha said...

What an amazing gift!
Giving and, giving and receiving.
Have a nice weekend Marcia.

Becky K. said...

This couple was surely being obedient to God in sharing HIS love with your family.

I am SOOOO happy for all of you....them too. They must have been so blessed by your joy.

Becky K. said...

what a blessing!! that is such an incredible thing.... i am so very happy for you!!