No Christmas Miracles in Sight… UPDATE!!

21/12/12 5:52 PM


Today was one of those days. You know, the last day before a long weekend or vacation and everyone is running like crazy to get things done for they go. Which means I was running around like a “one arm paper hanger“. As I was leaving work, my cell phone rang. It was my sweet husband, Brett. He asked me what I was doing. I told him that I was leaving work, about twenty minutes later than I had planned and it had been one of the days. I have to say I didn’t have a good attitude when he called. He said to me after my many complains, “You are not going to believe what I have here in an email.” My response was, “If it’s bad news, I don’t want to hear it.” Great attitude, huh?

Well what he had was an email from the Zoning Director. He had sent us an email informing us that the government agency that had not gotten their part in by the deadline had gotten it in today. “A day late and dollar short” was my first thought. But I listened quietly as Brett told me that the Zoning Director had made an exception and


There are of course couple things that have to happen to keep us on the agenda. We have to get our surveyor to make the few changes needed to the site plan and it has to be in by Wednesday, December 26th. Then we have to have the government agency review the adjusted plan and approve it by the meeting on January 8th.

Christmas Miracles Do Happen!

Brett and I want to thank all of you for all your words of encouragement, thoughts, prayers and many {{Hugs}} we have received.

It means so much to us!

We are truly blessed!

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Year of the Virginia Historic Homes | 56 Comments »

56 Comments on “No Christmas Miracles in Sight… UPDATE!!”

  1. marydpierce Says:

    A Christmas miracle, indeed. I so happy for you both, as you have worked so hard for this, and are as deserving miracles as anyone I know. Huzzah!!

  2. Thank you! We feel the same way….Huzzah!

  3. Sarah Says:

    Great news! So happy that miracles do happen – especially for you. Hope you get to enjoy a stress-free, lovely Christmas.

  4. Thank you so much Sarah! We just feel so blessed! We hope you have the same for your Christmas season!

  5. terry1954 Says:

    my prayers were answered

  6. Thank you Terry! I knew your prayers meant something special was going to happen!

  7. terry1954 Says:

    I’m sure you had a lot of prayers. mine was one of many but so glad they were answered

  8. πŸ™‚

  9. John Says:

    Great news!

  10. Thank you! I can see a great James Madison’s Birthday Celebration coming!

  11. Yay! Keep on believing!

  12. Thank you! I have been humming “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey most of the afternoon!

  13. I am so happy for you!

  14. Thank you Lauren! I guess it just shows that you never give up!

  15. dogear6 Says:

    Yippee! I’m glad you shared the good news with us.


  16. Thank you Nancy! It was all of the prayers and good thoughts that made it possible!

  17. Rusha Sams Says:

    Congrats on such great news! Thanks for posting!

  18. Thank you! We still just can’t believe it!

  19. Happy for you. Merry Christmas!

  20. Thank you! We are so excited about the possible “Soft Opening” on James Madison’s Birthday now!

  21. Jackie Schoch Says:

    It is so good to hear GOOD news. Keep up the good work so we all can come for a visit. We are waiting.

  22. Thank you Jackie! You know I ran into someone tonight at dinner that has been following out blog. She said the same thing… We are waiting!

  23. Debbie Says:

    Congratulations! A wonderful holiday surprise πŸ™‚

  24. Thank you! We know that is really a miracle. No other way it could have happened.

  25. seniorhiker Says:

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news.

  26. Thank you! We have James Madison’s Birthday back in the running!

  27. lynnwyvill Says:

    Whoo-hoooo! What a great present! So happy to hear the good news.

  28. Thank you! It was such a great gift. And we know who sent it! (thank you mom!)

  29. Merry Christmas!

  30. Yes it will be a very Merry Christmas!

  31. edgar62 Says:

    Fantastic news – Yes Christmas Miracles still happen. Congratulations.

  32. Thank you! Yes I do believe!

  33. Yeah Team!

  34. haha Yeah Team! I love it!

  35. Lynda Says:

    I told you it all works out in the end! πŸ˜‰
    Just breathe, in, out, in, out.
    I’m so happy for you both.

  36. Thank you! I know everyone was so wonderful! We so appreciate the support!

  37. vanbraman Says:

    Great news. Hopefully you won’t have to consider my idea πŸ™‚

  38. Either way I like the idea! Thank you!

  39. Well done! Lucky you’re not in Australia, because December 26 is a public holiday for Boxing day, and most government departments close for the week from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day anyway.

  40. Well we aren’t out of the woods yet. Fingers crossed and more prayers are needed!

  41. Let’s hope it all works out!

  42. πŸ™‚

  43. talkavino Says:

    See, I knew it! If we really really really want something, miracles do happen : )

  44. I am so glad that they do! Thank you and Merry Christmas from Virginia and Belle Grove Plantation!

  45. Jane Sadek Says:

    That’s marvelous news. Thanks for sharing.

  46. You are so welcome! It was our pleasure to share the excitement!

  47. colmel Says:

    We are firm believers in miracles. (I think you’ve been following the miracle that is Nitro on my blog – I’m thrilled for you that this chance is coming your way.

  48. I am going to have to slow down and take a nice read of your blog to catch up! Thank you and Merry Christmas from Virginia and Belle Grove Plantation!

  49. Congratulations! What wonderful news and a great relief to you, I’m sure!

  50. Yes it was, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. We still need to get the surveyor to turn some things in on time. Fingers crossed and say a prayer!

  51. With God all things are possible and exist. We may not always see the evidence, but with unwavering faith we can remove the filters that block everyday miracles. I see your Bed and Breakfast alive, and thriving with many returning guests staying in your very beautiful and cozy rooms filled with the love and pride you have. I can not wait to stay here!

  52. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas from Brett, Michelle, Hurley and Belle Grove Plantation! We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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  54. Thank you so much for sharing our blog with your readers! It means so much to us!

  55. Our pleasure. With all the up-to-date and diligently up-loaded lovely photos, it shows us a virtual view for our own! Thank you, for the attentive and in-depth, informative posts. Of you, and yours, pains-taken dedicated commitment.

  56. Oh how sweet! I have been my pleasure in sharing it with all of you! I can’t wait to show you around the plantation one day!