the general atmosphere of our recent vacation was a little bit of this:
and a lot bit of this:
and elijah wasn't the only one. he was the main offender, but not the only.
last monday afternoon, we left our humble midwestern town for the east coast. maryland is the only other place that patrick has lived. elijah was born there, and i spent almost ten years there. some of our dearest friends live in philadelphia, pa. so many places and people to see! family, friends and favorite things were all on our to-do list. and we all know what happens when i make a list. in case you don't know, whenever i make a list, or plan at all, i curse that event for all time. what is it about making plans that seems so wise in the first place? i'm beginning to fancy the "fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants" method. most of you probably have your pants neatly pressed and organized and would never dream of flying by the seat of them. please, tell me your secrets to seamless plan making!
i've mentioned here before about my darling child and his curious, energizer bunny nature. well, he was in full force on vacation. or should i say unvacation. whew. we are tuckered out. elijah is as jolly and relentless as ever though. right this minute i am enjoying a moment of peace, elijah is napping. for as long as it lasts, i will be thankful.
so, back to the vacation...
it wasn't as glorious as i'd hoped (and planned) it would be.
not nearly enough face time with friends or family
we didn't make it to a few fave restaurants we were looking forward to
a big outdoor get-together with friends turned indoor, cramped and crazy because it rained
and we didn't even step into the ocean!
you know what? it's ok.
i am feeling this way now, after having a day to cool off
about my disappointments and focus on the good stuff.
rather than grumbling to you sweet friends about what didn't go right,
here are sweet highlights:
we visited with several darling and greatly missed friends
met new babies and traded stories with parents
lots of delicious food was enjoyed
we heard two excellent sermons on sunday
we got to hang out with both of my brothers
we got to hang out with patrick's brother
i stayed up late chatting with my mama
walked downtown philadelphia, one of my favorite things to do
caught up with friends from ukraine, who happened to be visiting at the same time
elijah met my mama rose, his great grandmother
walked the boardwalk in ocean city, another favorite thing to do
i saw my first episode of swamp people with my brother, and loved it
ate freshly picked peaches and nectarines
elijah saw sharks at the national aquarium, and loved them
our flights home were practically perfect
the lord gave us safe travels throughout our trip
and the list goes on.
while we were away, i had a difficult time rolling with the punches,
i was screaming for "serenity now!" in my head.
every single day was hard for me. i really felt miserable and discouraged.
so thankful that the lord relaxed me and gave me a smile.
really, isn't it better to just get over the little glitches, and turn that bad attitude into gratitude?
"But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love."
linking up with sweet katie, go be encouraged!