In the beginning when we were at the hospital, every day flew by, with visits from many doctors and lots of tests to do. Now that we are nearing the end of our stay, there is not as much to do, and I find the days dragging on. Doubts creep into my mind about if we will ever actually leave the hospital, and I get a little discouraged. I know that we will leave eventually, and we will probably leave Friday, but we’ve been here longer than we were in Ethiopia, and way longer than we were home as a family of four, so it seems like a very long stay. In order to have something to look forward to, I’ve employed my favorite coping mechanism for times of stress: vacation planning.
I know it probably seems a little strange. After all, we won’t be taking a vacation of any sort for well over a year, and even that is not definite. We have a number of other financial goals we need to meet before we can save for plane tickets and accommodation costs, and there is simply no guarantee that we can do it. However, because it is so far in the future, I feel quite hopeful that we can pull it off, and thus I have been planning our first vacation as a family of four.
Jarod and I both love to travel, but we also love the comfort of the familiar, so when it’s not time to head to Ethiopia, we like taking the same trip over and over again. Our favorite trip is one that involves bookending a lazy week in Nice, France, with stays in London. The airfare is cheap if we wait for a good fare sale, and there’s no shortage of things to do outside our familiar usuals (picnics for lunch in London, gelato every night in Nice) if we so choose. Even though there’s no guarantee we’ll get to do it, I am still planning where we’ll stay and looking back at last fall’s trip photos, imagining all four of us together in our favorite spots. Take a walk down memory lane and a look into the hopeful vacation future with me. It’s going to be great, right?
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