To say we were super excited to fly to Phoenix, Arizona to celebrate our grandson’s first birthday is a huge understatement. Although my plans were to spend as much time with him his first year, it had been 9 months since our last visit. I’m proud of myself for keeping my inner brat from throwing a colossal tantrum, that could be seen by everyone. I pretty much kept it to myself…mostly.
I didn’t want anything ruining our trip. So staying away from homeschool group, youth group, and church functions, and children get togethers the week before our trip seemed like a reasonable way to prevent our children from getting sick. Scott and I already had the (HORRIBLE) upper respiratory virus the month before but managed not to pass it along to the kids. Normally, that would have thrilled me but the nagging feeling that the illness would probably come right about the time of our vacation worried me ~ so we didn’t take any chances.
I also did my duty to make sure I had everything in place to ensure smooth sailing for the security checkpoint at the airport with all of our son’s Type 1 Diabetes supplies. Doctor’s note (check), all his supplies in one place (check), personal “TSA Cares” security guard to help us through (check). Everything went smoothly and the TSA security guards assigned to help us were wonderful and got us through security not only smoothly but quickly. (They cut us in line ~ WOW!)
The 2-1/2 hour plane ride was amazingly fast compared to our usual 21-hour drive one way, so we were thrilled to finally get to Phoenix to spend some much needed time with our Arizona family. Despite the fact that not only are we always careful about making sure our youngest has his diabetes supplies with him at all times, and we carried everything with us on the plane ~ we managed to lose a very expensive medical device that tracks his blood sugar every 5 minutes (Dexcom Receiver), while we were on the airplane. Didn’t even realize it until we got to my in-law’s house. (We checked with the airline and airport several times but they haven’t located it yet.) Then my husband, our two boys, our 22-year old daughter, and our grandson all got really sick starting the first day and going from there, which pretty much ruined most of our vacation. Thankfully, everyone was better by the time we celebrated Orion’s first birthday at the end of our trip and we had a good visit with family, so it ended well. And we didn’t lose anything on our flight home ~ HA!
Was I disappointed that our trip didn’t go as planned after I was looking forward to it for so long? (And went out of my way to make sure no one picked up a bug right before our trip.) YES! Did I have a good attitude throughout the difficulty? NO! In fact, I was extremely aggravated and wanted so much to get mad and complain. The problem was that I couldn’t figure out who to get mad at and who to complain to. So I turned to God! (After I pouted and threw a pity-party first, of course!)
After realizing that God is the one in control and there was nothing I could do, I was able to turn my disappointment and frustrations over to Him. And guess what? It helped! Our trip turned around and we had a great time.
It kind of reminded me of life. We have plans and we have expectations. Although we enjoy the Lord’s blessings in life, things don’t always go as we would like them to go. Rather than going with the flow and letting life happen, let’s look for opportunities to make a difference, regardless of our assumptions on how things should be.
The biggest lesson for me in the situation was that I was able to turn my attitude around and give it to the Lord. Once I took the focus off myself and my “ruined” vacation ~ I was able to enjoy my family.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40: 28-31
Health and Wellness Tip
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