The summer is almost here and we still haven’t made up our minds about vacation!:) A few posts ago I was lamenting over the fact we couldn’t settle one spot. Just the fact that we are able to go anywhere is a major blessing of course. You never know what each year will bring so I am very grateful to even be in this predicament in the first place. I thought we had it planned (it was going to be Hilton Head) but now we may have a major change! About 3 1/2 years ago Jim and I planned a trip to Italy. We saved, paid for everything, and booked it over 6 months in advance. As the date approached though, I had a horrible nightmare that there was an earthquake and the boys were lost (and we were in Europe). It shook me so bad that we ended up cancelling our entire trip! Thankfully we got most of our money back (except for about $300) but my poor husband has been in grief over that ever since! I don’t blame him, looking back I think he was very gracious and patient with me, even though he probably thought I was crazy!
Well, we vowed to try again for our 10 year anniversary in 2010. The thing is, since we lived in WI we’ve been accruing points and discovered that we have enough for a week long hotel stay in Rome. WOW! When we heard that Jim and I were both like “let’s go NOW”! Ha ha. I am afraid if we wait too long, something will happen and we may not go at all. To add to our excitement, Jim also has a free international ticket and that makes our dream of Rome actually within our budget in the somewhat-near future. We are both totally over the moon with the possibility that this COULD happen! Not anytime soon but definitely before 2010.
My biggest issue is leaving the boys though. I break out in a cold sweat and get hives even thinking about it. To be so far away does NOT sit well with me and I have a difficult time justifying it. Couples go on trips all the time, whether for business or leisure (a cruise, etc.) but our kids are still so little! I’ve always been a “seize the day” type person where if the opportunity is there, TAKE IT and enjoy every second. It’s funny how you change after becoming a parent though. I always have to assess the risk to EVERYTHING before I may any decision, no matter how small or large. So it’s something I am praying for peace and clarity about. We have an amazing window of opportunity that may not be there in two years but today it’s there. Oh Mama Mia!!