Ahhh, we made it home safely from our epic adventure in the city that never sleeps and are taking a few days to slowly find our footing again (well, me anyway). 🙂
Actually, the fun began for us the weekend BEFORE our flight to New York on June 18th. Rolf and I drove up to Palo Alto on Friday the 15th to celebrate our niece who graduated from Stanford that weekend. It was refreshing to spend the evening with good friends and a beautiful afternoon on campus with Rolf’s sister, brother-in-law and niece. We returned home late Saturday in time to celebrate Father’s Day with the boys and later with Olivia when she returned home from a lacrosse tournament in San Diego!
Then, we got up early Monday morning for our flight out of LAX to NEW YORK CITY!
This trip was made extra-special by the number of details arranged by friends that added to the fun the Dream Foundation planned…and, of course, there were a number of divine blessings too. Bottom line? An army of earthly and heavenly angels had our family’s back and the trip couldn’t have gone smoother! 🙂 Here’s more detail than anyone would ever want (Ha, Ha, Ha)…
Aaaaaand that concludes DAY ONE!!! Ha Ha Ha
Rolf and I had the added blessing of connecting with friends from long ago that just happened to be in NYC for various reasons…such a small world!
Rolf and I had the added blessing of connecting with friends from long ago that just happened to be in NYC too…Annemette is a friend from Up With People, lives in Holland and just happened to be in NYC on business!
Tara, Scott and John are also former UWP cast mates and we had a mini-reunion at Moe’s!
So, how do I sum it all up? Certainly the collective effort of this trip is deeply touching to me…I feel loved and surrounded and lifted up…not only by those who participated in the particulars of the trip but also by those who took care of things at home and lifted us up in prayer. The trip itself was precious family time together. I’m not sure we could have squeezed anything else into it. 🙂 Being in the city was invigorating but also exhausting. I think it was perfect timing for me physically…my limitations in navigating the typical world were very apparent to us all. I needed the boys’ help to get out of the sitting position most places and Rolf’s help getting off the toilet and in/out of the shower. As the week wore on, I felt my speech and body maneuvering slower and it was stressful to battle the crowds all day, every day. I’m hoping a few days in bed will help me bounce back a bit but regardless, it was worth all the effort to go. I love my family…I love doing life with them…and I love them even more as we journey ALS together. Thank you, Dream Foundation, for making this trip possible. Thank you, dear friends, for all the “extras” that made this trip even more memorable. Thank you, family, for rolling with the punches, making our ever-changing life together look effortless and normal and for making me laugh. There is so much for which to be grateful. #iamblessed