Monday, June 6, 2011

Girls Getaway

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{Lisa K, Mindi, Stephanie S , Kathleen, Stephanie K and Lisa L}
*missing, me and Heidi


I had the privilege of being invited on a wonderful girls week-end away by a dear friend. Lisa K spent the last year ridding her body of cancer and now has a clean bill of health. Praise the Lord! We are so thankful to the Lord for carrying them through this terrible year and bringing them closer to Him in the process. She and her husband have been such an inspiration to me personally. They are also in our couples Bible study that meets at our house. We were thrilled to have them join our little group. This week-end was one that Lisa had been looking forward to for some time. She knew she wanted to celebrate being done and give herself a much needed break with girlfriends. Thank you Lisa for inviting us and we can't wait to do it again in the fall.

Would you like a tour? Be prepared, it's a loooong one.

Care-taker's house
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Road leading up to the old farmhouse.
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LOVE the HUGE screened porch!
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This "retreat center/farm" was donated to our church by a family that just didn't use it enough anymore since their kids are older now.

This table would seat 5 on each side, easily.
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The front hall, the railing is actually lower than what we are used to now days.
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Parlor
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Living room
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Kitchen, the HUGE island came from the old Grain Exchange building in downtown Minneapolis, from the 1800's.
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Top of the stairs. There are five bedrooms, in addition to this sleeping space. Only one bathroom though, it is an old farmhouse after all. I should have taking a pic of the gorgeous clawfoot tub in there. :(
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I chose this room because it has the same bedding that I used to have. ;)
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Loved the chippy blue dresser in here.
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Next to our room.
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And across the hall.
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Another favorite spot. Past the clothesline, there was a greenhouse and beautiful garden.
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Next to that, the "new" barn with 4-wheelers, a work-out gym and an office.
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And across from the house is a horse barn that no longer has horses in it. But it still smells like it does. ;)
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Stalls are downstairs.
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The backside.
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A short ride behind the stables is the bunkhouse and gym.
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With a pool...
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a rock-climbing wall inside a silo...
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with two bunk-rooms like this that each sleep 10...
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and a gym.
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Right outside is the tennis court, soccer and baseball fields.
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And a tubing hill with a toe-rope that you can hook to your tube and pulls you right back up. It's quite steep which you can't tell from this pic.
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Beyond that is their own chapel. A wedding with 50 guest was here last summer.
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Then along a very long, winding, hilly, rocky road you come to the paintball fields and shooting range with archery and clay pigeons.
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And on top of the highest hill is a very rustic cabin they built, but no one has ever actually stayed here. The view is pretty amazing though, with a valley down below it.
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A little further, ok a lot further LOL you get to the grass air-field that we had fun racing up and down.
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On the way back from our tour, we stopped at the Cottage.
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{Lisa K and me}

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My what big eyes you have!
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Another beautiful porch.
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The next day, we drove in to Stockholm, WI which isn't far from Red Wing, MN. I grew up driving here in the fall, with my parents. Love this place! Evidently it's pretty popular with motorcyclists too.

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Thank you Lisa, for such a fun week-end!

5 comments:

Amber said...

Oh my such eye candy!!! Looks like a wonderful place and looks like you all enjoyed yourself so much! Yay for a Girl's weekend away!

Cathy said...

Wow what a beautiful retreat! So fun to go with your friends! Glad you all had a good time!

Stephanie said...

Love it Angel!! Wow, we need to meet :) So glad you had fun, so loved that you went with Lisa to celebrate!! We've been praying for her, what a year they've had. Isn't it an amazing place? We've been there many times but each time I love it for another reason. The swing is at the top of the tubing hill and yes, it's an amazing view from there. So glad you got some days away. What a gift to our Church! Blessings to you!

Jessica said...

So glad you girls had a wonderful time!!! The place looks GORGEOUS! I need that chippy blue dresser (sans mirror) for Hudson's big boy room!!!!! :)

Folly said...

Wow, Angel, I don't know how I missed this post of yours. I'm in love with that beautiful retreat and the town! It looks like it was a wonderful girls' week-end. I am very pleased your friend Lisa has come through to the other side of her struggles.
Michelle.