Being small business owners who do everything themselves, work hard and strive for excellence I could relate to them and the difficulties they have trying to get away, relax, rest and leave work behind. On top of their business they also daily deal with a variety of health issues which keep Mike in constant pain and prevent him from sleeping well at night. So when Maria's birthday rolled around they decided it was time to get away. I'm so glad they found 10 Fitch!
|Mike & Maria|
The following week as we were driving to the cancer center where Rodney was to begin his chemo treatments that day I looked out my window and there sitting on the branch of a tree close to the side of the road was a huge bald eagle! I excitedly exclaimed, "Look! Another bald eagle!" Rodney face lit up with a big smile when he saw it and we marveled that twice in a weeks time Rodney had seen a live bald eagle.
There were many other wonderful things that happened that reassured us of God's presence and love during that time, some of which I shared with Mike & Maria, and we talked about Mikes illnesses and agreed that every day we have on this earth with the ones we love is an incredible blessing.
|Isaiah the Bald Eagle|
In the morning I came down to begin preparing breakfast and found the following message on my wipe off board where I write out the breakfast menu in the dining room.
Maria actually looked at one of our Deneen Pottery mugs with the 10 Fitch logo and image and rendered this drawing with a wipe off marker!! Yes, she is very talented and does the artwork for all their olive oil labels for Pino's Press.
I was so touched by the message that I couldn't bear erasing it to put the menu up! But before they checked out that morning I prepared orange chocolate chip waffles with an orange caramel cream sauce and bananas and served it with spinach and feta chicken sausage.
I feel like I have truly made new friends and look forward to doing business with Mike and Maria and experimenting with their flavored olive oils in recipes for breakfast to serve our other wonderful guests and also look forward to having them back again so they can meet the rest of the family.
Thank you Mike & Maria for being such amazing guests and being such a blessing to me during your stay at our Luxurious Romantic Finger Lakes bed & breakfast here in Auburn NY!