February 6, 2013
Dear Honey Run Friends,
When I embarked on the journey into inn ownership I was tasked with creating our companies Shared Principles which would guide our company culture and state my beliefs in how I wanted to lead this organization. In drafting the mission statement the word love made its way into this simple yet powerful sentence. Love is not often found in a corporate culture and most certainly is not spoken about in company documents. For me, to leave love out seemed ludicrous. Everything about Honey Run screams love; from the countless couples who celebrate their initial union in marriage at Honey Run to the couples marking the milestone of another year together on their journey through life.
Love, while often thought of in the context of romance carries much more weight than this alone. Loving yourself is an expression of love that is often sought when one hibernates from the world within the safety of Honey Run to reconnect. To love and appreciate creation for its entire splendor while taking a walk along a trail at Honey Run is another example of how your experience at Honey Run expands the understanding of love. Our team members come to love Honey Run during their time with us because of the guests, the challenges, and the gentle spirit that inhabits this property. When we celebrated the 30th birthday of Honey Run this past November you saw the love in the past Team members eyes and heard it through their stories shared with our founders Marge and Margaret.
I pray that your life is filled with love and that you are the giver more than the recipient. Love is not an emotion to be hoarded but rather it is a gift to give.
I hope to see you at The Inn at Honey Run soon.
Sincerely with love,
13 responses to “Letter from Jason – February 2013”
I have never been to Honey Run, but have been getting your emails regularly.. It looks beautiful there, and I hope to some day soon plan a nice weekend there.
I just read the letter from Jason Nies, and thought it was just beautiful. What a great outlook !!
Thank you Jason for your “love” letter. It is all true. We were able to visit the “Inn” two weeks ago. Our time there is filled with love each time we have visited for the last 30 years. We have been married 42 years. Our visits there are part of the glue that strengths and nurtures our relationship. We come away rested and refreshed.
Thank you to all the kind people who care for us so warmly while there.
Sincerely, Miriam and Bob Miller
a beautiful letter of love from you at Honey Run! Thank you.
My first trip to Honey Run was in 2009 after the unexpected passing of my beloved son, Dr Scott Ressallat, at age 40. I came there with my sister seeking peace and rest ..and a place to “regroup” after such a shocking tragedy in my life.
You stopped by at our outside table to chat that first evening and when you asked what brought us there we told you about the shock of Scott’s untimely death. I remember the tears welled up in your eyes as you said how sorry you were….and that you wanted our visit to be full of peace and love. and that it was, dear Jason.
Thank you for all you do to make Honey Run such a special healing place.
Sincerely , Judy Ressallat
I am so sorry that you lost your son. The passing of a baby or child at any age, is very difficult. You have hopes and dreams for that child, at the first mention of a heartbeat being there. Our loss took everyone by surprise as well. Everything was looking great at our 13 1/2 week ultrasound.
Your letter brings me comfort, knowing that my husband and I will be staying at a place like The Inn at Honey Run. Thank you for sharing your story.
Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts with us…..that’s what makes your Inn so special…
My husband and I spent New Years Eve at your Inn last year and it was a wonderful, relaxing and memorable one for us. It was a birthday present for me …….and one of my best!
Hope we can return one of these weekends and bring some friends.
who would I have to talk to about the possibility of having a family reunion the 2nd or 3rd week of June at the Inn? We ar15 in the familiy and if it is possible for 3 people to share a room we would need 6 rooms. We are celebrating my mother-in-laws 80th plus 3 50th Birthdays.
Our Sales Director, Craig Lipton, would love to speak with you regarding your family reunion plans. email@example.com or call 800-468-6639 for Craig.
Jason, Your newsletter hit the nail on the head…….so very true. Honey Run has been a favorite for a very long time
and we have Marge and Margaret to thank for their incredible foresight in the planning, site selection and building
a TRUE GEM. The early years with the Amish staff made it a joy to return to each year. Now that it is yours, Steve and I feel assured its future is in loving capable hands. We look forward to seeing you and your excellent staff
in the near future. Sincerely Terry Duraney
Your letter has touched me deeply. My husband and I made a reservation to stay at your inn, last Sunday. On that Tueday, February 5th, we got the saddest news… that our baby we were pregnant with had gone onto heaven. You sent out this letter, the day after we received the news that has changed us forever. I was filled with love, after reading what you had written. Thank you. We were and are really looking forward to our stay with you. I sent what is below to close family and friends. Your letter is amazing. And how ironic too, that our second reading, at our baby’s ceremony, this Friday, February 15th, is “Love is…” from 1 Corinthians 13:4. Amazing.
Sincerely with love,
Anne and Chris Morrison
I am sharing this with you all. I just read it, and it touched my heart deeply. Please take the time to read it. This is where we made our reservation last Sunday, before we go the news that has changed our lives forever. I looked at Chris and said, “Woo-hoo! Our first overnight since our honeymoon. Just the two of us. Well, three. Our baby has to come with us.” And I smiled. I was excited to have him or her with us. I said, “Our first overnight since our honeymoon. We will celebrate that we are a family of five, on July 5th, on our 5-year golden anniversary.” We are still going to celebrate this. Our baby will always be a part of our family.
I am happy to see that this is the place we are going. And how ironic, the owner, talking about love. That makes me feel very happy. This was sent to my email the day after we learned that our baby had gone onto heaven.
Dear Anne and Chris,
I am humbled that my letter touched you at such a tragic time and that you were willing to share your current struggle with me. Losing a child is devastating and not the way life is supposed to go with its natural order. This is no explanation as to why God allows this to happen. The only hope one has going through this is to know that you are not alone. God will be with you through your grief and you can be confident that your angel is in the presence of their Creator.
My best friend and his wife dealt with the loss of their own angel 4 years ago. This was their 4th child and they carried the baby the full pregnancy only to realize the day before the c-section was scheduled something was wrong. As I have watched them deal with the loss I have watched them go through the many stages of grief finding refuge in support groups with other couples who have experienced the same loss. They started a group of their own called Mommies of Angels and their Facebook page is http://www.Facebook.com/groups/mommiesofangels. If you are interested in reaching out to this group email Allison Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can allow you access to their Facebook page.
I will keep you and your husband in my prayers.
Thank you for the Mommies of Angels Facebook link/site. We celebrated our baby’s life and Eternal life with God, this past Friday, Feburary 15th. I finally have been able to look at the site, that you suggested. It is wonderful. Thank you Jason, for your love and concern.
Anne and Chris Morrison
Although we now live in San Diego, the Inn was a big part of our lives while we lived in Cleveland. We spent many a lovely weekend there concentrating on just being the two of us. No distractions of work, kids, etc. At that time Marge was the ultimate hostess and resident charmer. Alan and I have been married 52 years and we speak often how our visits at the Inn reminded us how much we love each other. We look forward to a visit in the not too distant future.
Jason: What a thoughtful and genuine letter. Truly, the hills around the Inn have touched your heart as they have embraced so many of us who have been guests at the Inn over the years.
I must add – as a single person, my first reaction to your note was one of feeling isolated again in a world of couples… Maybe I wouldn’t feel welcome the next visit.
I saved and quietly re-read your words again to realize it was not focused on anyone but on the substance of love. Certainly, when one arrives and walks into the lobby, it is apparent that the staff cares you are there and the décor welcomes you to pause, take a deep breath and relax, regardless of the season.
I look forward to visiting again as soon as my travel schedule allows. May the goodness of the hearts of all of your staff reach out to encompass all of those who enter the unique Inn at Honey Run.