Saturday, July 25, 2009

At Last!!!

Hello friends! Hope this finds you well. Can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks since my last post. During that time, we enjoyed a wonderful family vacation in Florida. We arrived back home last Sunday and literally hit the ground running. It has been a very busy week! Now that things seem to be slowing down a bit, I want to share with you some vacation highlights.

I have to be honest. Initially, I really didn't want to take this trip. Although things had settled down somewhat with my Dad, and my niece did not need surgery, it still seemed like a bad time to go away. Tom has been awaiting word for three months now about a possible outsourcing of his job, Brennan's wedding is only a couple of months away, etc.
Tom reasoned if his job were outsourced, he could very well lose any vacation days he had earned and this would be our last opportunity to take a vacation with Brennan before his wedding. Lastly, he reminded me of our 25th wedding anniversary this year. (We had agreed a few months back to postpone any big plans to celebrate until after Brennan and Breezy's wedding.) Tom persisted. I called my sister, who confidently assured me things were well under control at home. Soon, the Lord begin to set my mind at ease about the other details. Things fell into place and before long, we were boarding a plane to Florida.

If I told you everything went perfectly (without a hitch),that would be untrue. Like most vacations, there were a few disappointments. HOWEVER, in the big picture, those things pale in comparison to the incredible memories we made on this trip. We spent several days in Naples, Florida, visiting our favorite beaches, spending hours talking and playing in the pool, enjoying great dinners, etc.

We then headed north for a few days to Longboat Key and surrounding areas. As it turns out, Brianna (Brennan's fiancee) was there with her Mom visiting her Grandparents at the same time (Tom and I had no idea of this when we planned our trip.) We spent several days doing things together with them, which proved to be great bonding time for our two families. Brianna's Grandparents have been coming to Longboat Key every summer for 10 years now, so they know about all the wonderful restaurants and fun things to do. One of their absolute favorite things to do (and also one of ours) is simply enjoying the gorgeous beach, particularly at sunset. We spent hours walking, shelling, playing in the water and talking.

Truly, the most amazing memory of the entire trip was something I can still hardly believe we did. Tom, Brennan and I went PARASAILING!! It was incredible! Before this trip, I would have NEVER thought of doing such a thing. First, because I'm afraid of heights and second, I can't swim! It was Tom's idea, so he was very excited. Brennan loves adventure, so he was definitely onboard. With the assurance I would have a life jacket and the potential we could all go up together, I agreed. (Scared or not, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to experience something so exciting with my guys!) Now, after having done it, let me just tell you it was one of the most amazing things I've ever done. I would do it again, in a heartbeat! The winds were favorable that particular day, so all three of us were able to go up together. You may be surprised to know it was incredibly quiet and peaceful. Believe it or not, we were able to talk to one another the entire time in a normal tone of voice. AMAZING! We all loved it and unanimously decided the experience is in our top 5 family memories of all time. If you've never done it, I highly recommend it.

This truly turned out to be one of our best family vacations, I'm so very glad we went. If you'd like to see some of our photos, click on the album below...enjoy!

Florida - 2009


Joyful said...

WOW Tracy!!! Looks and sounds like you had a marvelous time!!!! The parasailing pics are amazing!!!'re eyes are're SMILING!!!! Way to go!!!


LisaShaw said...

Hi Sugar,

Before I go off to service this morning I visited a few close friends online since I was up much earlier than necessary today. Anyway the photos are great. I left a few comments on them. I'm so glad you had a wonderful vacation time.

I so admire you. Love ya.

Kristi said...

Welcome home! I missed you!!! Your pictures are incredible. What an amazing vacation. The parasailing photos are incredible. Way to go!

e-Mom said...

Welcome back! You've been missed. Parasailing is so much fun! :~D

Just a little something from Judy said...

I cannot tell you how honored I was to have the opportunity to see the pictures of your family's vacation. Each photo was so beautiful, and I loved how God worked out the details for you to spend time with people that you did not expect to spend time with . As you face the next few pre-wedding weeks, enjoy each moment because time goes so fast. ps. I would have LOVE to go parasailing...I am proud of you that you did it. Great pictures!!

Happy@Home said...

I am so glad you and your family got away and had such a nice vacation. I'm sure you needed it and I can tell by the pictures that you had a wonderful time. I admire your courage in going parasailing. I didn't know that 3 people could go up at once. I love the big smile on your face in the last picture. All of the pictures are lovely. Beautiful beaches and sunsets.

Thank you so much for your beautiful prayer for my sister. She will be very touched by it and so am I. I pray that your dad and niece are continuing to recover.


Jennifer said...

So glad you are posting again! I had just found your throughly enjoyable blog - and then you disappeared! Great to read about your vacation - so glad you had a good time. I've vacationed once in Longboat Key - LOVED IT! My uncle had an amazing penthouse condo there....but he sold it!! I'm grateful for that one trip, for sure!

Tricia said...

I am so glad that you had a wonderful vacation! I loved seeing the pictures!

Also glad to hear that things have settled down with your dad... I am still praying for his recovery and for your family... have a wonderful evening!


Yolanda said...


I am so HAPPY and THANKFUL that you were able to enjoy this special time in the midst of some difficulty that you've experienced with your Dad. THANK YOU JESUS for such a sweet time.

Love to you,

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You are one brave woman! I'm so glad for your time away, friend. These are days to cherish and record. You'll need them in the days to come when seasons run more silent.

Love you. Have a great week.


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

So glad to hear about your trip. I know you needed it. Just had a few minutes to visit some of my blog friends tonight ....We have had an eventful summer...and my blog time has been little....


LisaShaw said...

Stop back by to love on you. Praying still...

Love you beautiful Sugar!

CK Nethercott aka Mom said...

I am soooo going to parasail someday! Fun vacation, sometimes it's all we need to get ourselves to take a huge breath from day to day madness.