Psalm 127:3-5

Behold children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior, so are the children of one's youth.
How blessed are those whose quiver is full of them

Sunday, December 2, 2007

A recap of this years trips...

Our first trip this year was to Park City, Utah in Feb.....home of the Sundance Film Festival, which had just taken place the week before we got there. Jimmy had to go on business for a week and I was flying up the end of the week to spend the weekend together. Anyway, it was a bittersweet trip in that I had just found out I was pregnant and was going to surprise him when he picked me up at the airport. However, on the place ride up I started experiencing lots of cramping and some bleeding and by the time my flight landed it was clear that I was miscarrying. I wasn't far along enough for it to require any procedures... just time to let nature take its course. It was a tough weekend BUT, it was good timing in that we had 3 days together without responsibilities and were able to just relax and heal because we were both very saddened over the loss.

We drove up into the mountains and stayed in a hotel with a gorgeous view of a snowy mountain right outside our window. We walked the Main St. every day and night, eating yummy sushi, going to the coffee shops, little bookstores and just enjoying being alone together. It was a good time of healing for my heart.

Our second trip was to San Diego in March. We actually stayed in La Jolla at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. This was a dream come true for my hubby being the big time golf fan that he is.... the 2008 US Open will be at the golf course our hotel was on. Jimmy got to play that course so it was big time for him. For me it was just some time to rest and relax and again have that special time just for Jimmy and I! The ocean views and gorgeous weather weren't too bad either!!

Our third trip was this fall to Boston, New Hampshire and Maine. It was wonderful getting to take Anna to Boston for the first time. She loved the plane ride, loved the city and of course loved the ocean! Anytime we drive to Dallas or Fort Worth now and she sees the tall buildings or when we see a big city on TV she tells us that it's Boston. I think the highlight of the trip for me would have to be Maine. The beach, the cottages, the lighthouses, the little villages.... it was all straight off the cover of a magazine.

Our fourth and final trip this year was to Orlando to see my brother and of course make our maiden voyage to DisneyWorld! Nothing more fun than watching your childs eyes light up at the sights and sounds... on a seriously funny note though... we had really been building it up, talking about seeing princesses, riding rides, just generally telling her how fun it was going to be. So we got to the airport still talking it up... we ate some dinner and then found a great little play area for kids. Kind of like the ones at the malls... with the soft padded stuff. It had lots of things to climb on, slides, etc. Anyway, soon enough we had to leave that area to board the plane. We start walking to the gate, holding hands on either side of her with her jumping and skipping between us when she said... "mommy and daddy, thank you for taking me to DisneyWorld, that was so much fun". We laughed until we cried but we also got a huge dose of perspective. She could have cared less if we spent hundreds of dollars on plane tickets, WAY too much for tickets to Disney and of course again WAY too much for food, drinks and souvenirs at Disney. She was perfectly content to play on that tiny little padded play ground and go home. How little the big stuff really matters and how important even the littlest things can be! Children are so good to keep life simple and happy. Contentment is a gift!

Now of course we are home for quite a while with baby Serene soon approaching and all in all with all the beautiful places we have been and seen this year I can truly say... there's no place like home!!

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