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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Rx: A 7-Day-Hug!

Seven days.  One week.  Away.  I've packed and repacked:  trying to be a smart packer.  Black is the only color necessary as I AM going to New York.  20" of snow due to hit there tomorrow...just as we fly into it.  Great.  Breathe Vava.  The "events" are not until the end of the week so we'll (eventually) make it. 

Our nephew is marrying the love of his life on January 1, 2011.  1/1/11 - isn't that clever??  My Guy and I and most of the fam are winging northeast over the next few days.  Fun times in the city. 

Believe it or not, I'm a bit hesitant to leave.  Over the years I usually felt relief when I was able to sneak off.  I so needed a break...back then.  These past six months have been an absolute life-changing season for the three of us - one we never DREAMED possible.  We enjoy one another.  A lot!

#2 and I were just in the kitchen all by ourselves.  I asked if I could have a "7-Day Hug."  He allowed it.  And there we stood in the middle of our kitchen, Christmas still around us, hugging each other like nobody's business.  I prayed too - for our safe travel, his safety at home, favor with a new job (tomorrow), wise choices while we are away.  Out LOUD.  He lets me do that.  After....he said with a smile:  "Now, that was a 7-Day-Hug."  I'd say so!

Some folks think miracles are mythical.  I'm here to tell you they are real.  We ARE one.  The rapport, bonding and respect that flows among us was missing for many years.  We always had the love; but love isn't enough. 

In hindsight I am thankful for every struggle.  I would not be appreciative of what's going on now.  If I told you some of those might say, "...why Vava, that's normal."  Not so in our case  We've never known normal. 

And so My Guy and I jet off tomorrow for New York for a get-away and an elegant wedding.  Who wouldn't be excited?  I am.  And I'm not.  I look at #2 Son and shake my head in awe.  I thank God for restoring our family.  (...and I pray all is well upon our return).

Maybe just one more "7-Day-Hug"?


Dianne said...

I am praying right along with you. This will be a wonderful experience for both of you. Just think how proud Reed will be when you return and all has gone smoothly, he is loving his job and the house is cared for. Give him this opportunity to prove himself. You both deserve that. Have a wonderful trip. xoxo

Pam said...

have a great time! wish I could meet you in the city for a drink...or two!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Best wishes to you and your family in the new year!

martha said...

have a stellar time while you are in NYC...then a NEW YEAR with freshness is waiting when you are back home!Thanks for being transparent with us..we love you Va!

Anonymous said...

Ditto Dianne...prayer works! Wishing you the best of everything in 2011..and lots more hugs! I love you, VA. xoxoxo

lazymaisy said...

God Bless, and I dearly wish continued happiness into the New Year ....and beyond. Enjoy your break.xx

Girl Meets Paris said...

We had a fantastic wedding we attended on New Year's Eve. So, so, so fun!
Hope your trip went well! Here's to a great new year!
BTW...both sons on your last post are oh, so, cute!

MA said...

I know you are having a blast-and-a-half in NY! You SO deserve it!
You are a fine mama and the proof is in the pudding -- sometimes it just needs a some extra cooking time and a bit more stirring. :)
Love you Hon!

LLH Designs said...

So tell us...did you land as scheduled in NYC? We made it into Maine ahead of the blizzard, but wow...what snow!

I'm so encouraged by what God has done in your family! And encouraged by your faithfulness and perseverance as a family. God is soooo good!


Privet and Holly said...

I certainly hope that it
was all you were wishing
for and much more, V!
There is nothing like NYC
at the holidays and I'm
sure you brought some of
the magic back home with
you to usher in the New Year.
Wishing you much peace and joy!
xx Suzanne