But God used that time locked in together for good. We slept, we snuggled, we spent time talking, sharing, and really enjoying our time together as a family. We would look out every now and then to see the wind whipping the trees, and to watch the rain pour down. No one could be seen throughout the resort, or from at least from our room window. It was hard to believe we were in a hurricane!
We had gotten a call from Tina that morning, sharing with us that her dad, Jim had passed away. We left knowing he would probably pass while we were away. We just didn’t expect it would be that soon. We cried together, prayed together, and seemed to snuggle even more together. Papa Jim was someone very special to us. I can remember Ali and Zach took the news hard. They loved Papa Jim very much. I can see now that God used that time together to help each of us grieve Jim’s death and to also celebrate his life with the memories we had of him. We also had the realization we would miss his funeral later that week as we would still be in Florida.
For the next six days we did all we could do, and saw all we could see. It turned out that it was a good thing that we were able to rest that first day in our hotel room…we were on the go the rest of the week! It was a beautiful trip, and a very fun time together as a family. The memories we made there are still priceless to me, even seven years later! So, even though our trip didn’t start out so great, God blessed us with a wonderful vacation. But I don’t think I’ll ever forget that day–September 26, 2004.
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