1. We just returned from our family vacation that had been in the planning process for months, cancelled the night before, hours spent researching new locations and then rescheduled two days before leaving. Four days later we are home and the typical vacay exhaustion has hit. (After being in a hotel room for four days all of a sudden my house seems huge!)
2. Our hotel room had been booked for months and I had spent much time prepping and planning our itinerary. Two days before we were suppose to leave Caden came down with a horrible ear infection. Got him some antibiotics, which he ended up having an allergic reaction to, but he had enough doses to get him on the mend. We still considered leaving for our vacation as planned as he was showing much improvement, but I was hesitant with making him go through a long drive while not being 100% yet. So I asked God for a sign, like any good Catholic does, a few hours later Grace spiked a high fever. Answer pretty clear. Vacation cancelled.
3. We decided to reschedule for a week later only to find out that hotel prices doubled for our original destination. Plan B, go somewhere else. The plus side, the drive was much shorter, there were more kid friendly activities and we even got to see some of Aaron’s family. Highlights include: water park, indoor theme park, circus, drive in movie theater and a restaurant that has trains deliver the food to every table.
4. Somehow I thought it was going to be a really relaxing vacation with a lot of extra free time at night once the kids went to bed, so I packed books and magazines I have been wanting to read for months. Bedtime and any sort of schedule or normalcy on vacation did not happen. Thankful for Grace and Caden just rolling with the punches, sneaking in their naps during the little down time we had and willing to have bedtime at a drive in theater one of the nights.
5. Unpacked and six loads of laundry later I am packing again for a retreat this weekend. Not going to lie I am having major anxiety about leaving the kiddos for an entire weekend, especially the smallest two who love to have mama put them to bed at night. This will be the first time I am away from the kids overnight which does not involve being in the hospital having a baby. I have never gone for more than 16 hours without seeing them.
6. Aaron won’t have it too bad, I wrote out a step-by-step spreadsheet of meals, naps and bottles along with packing him a dad diaper bag to go. I also laid out all of the little ones clothes so he doesn’t have to rummage through the closet to find something that matches and fits. In addition Caden now sleeps through the night, easy peasy.
7. Anxiety aside I am looking forward to having time for reflection, fellowship and prayer. A chance to better myself as a wife and a mother and let my mind and heart rest with Christ. The psalm from yesterday’s reading spoke to my heart, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Seems like a fitting verse to take into this weekend.
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