(Previously published July 2, 2010)
The smell of the salt air, the ocean breezes, lazy mornings, tropical vegetation, splashing in the waves, sand between your toes, sun beating down, family time.....it was glorious! I hope you enjoy the captured moments below.
We arrived home late in the afternoon on Thursday. It was a long drive this time, (well, it always is, but this time seemed even longer!) and I didn't help my precious husband much with the driving, as I just couldn't keep my eyes open in the wee hours of the night. I think out of the 17 hours, I drove 4 and those hours were scattered throughout the drive. Thankfully, my husband is a gracious man and didn't seem to mind.
We came home to quite a mess, as we had learned on our vacation that severe storms had hit our neighborhood the previous week. We had leaves and branches covering our yard and the pool was a mess, but thankfully no real damage. Faithy girl and Jed enjoyed picking up sticks with me and building a fire in the firepit. After dinner, they savored the ever favorite smores as a result of all their labor.
The unpacking continues into today and always seems like a mountainous job to accomplish. As you can see, I'm taking a little break. Yesterday I had to clean out the refrigerator as we had lost power from the storm for a couple of days and then on to the grocery store to replenish.
Ahhh, back to reality....and as I look at the calendar date, July 2nd....I'm reminded that surgery is just 13 days away. Upon leaving, I felt trapped in this place of being ready to leave, as I love my day to day life at home, but knowing what is waiting for me in the coming weeks. Next week is filled with doctor's appointments: Tuesday the final appointment with my breast surgeon, Thursday pre-admission testing at the hospital and then Friday my final meeting with the plastic surgeon to discuss more details on the reconstruction and then as he told me, "this will be the appointment when I will order your implants." Hard to even wrap my brain around the fact that this is my road.
But for today, I'll linger in the beautiful memories of the last two weeks, take care of some projects that I want accomplished before surgery and just walk one day at a time!