Rockin the boat (Family Getaway Take 2)

Our last vacation attempt with Katie Grace did not go so well.  If you are new to this blog I will give you the short version.  We went on a weekend vacation that included me running a half marathon and then we ended up at the hospital with a collapsed lung.  Extending our “vacation” from a 4 day weekend to a 2 week hospital stay. It was our first attempt at a family getaway.  Although it didn’t have the outcome we would have preferred, we did it.

And we did it again. Me, my mom,  Charles, Isaac, my sister, my two nephews, one niece, my brother, his girlfriend, her two children and Katie Grace got on a houseboat.  I found this steal of a deal on Travelzoo for a three day, two night stay and just couldn’t pass it up.

In case you missed it in the slew of people I threw out there, Katie Grace stayed on a houseboat for 3 days.  I packed her up, and as much of her stuff I think the boat could handle and asked her to do life with us.  I wish I could tell you it was a super easy choice.  That Charles and I didn’t have to process through it and discuss about 15 million times.  It took many conversations though. Much verbage of our concerns, of is it worth it, can we really do it?? At some point in that processing Charles asked me: “Why are you so insistent on Katie Grace going on this house boat?”

I paused for a second, took a deep breath and said: “Its like the Parable of the Talents. I have this drive to invest what I have been given. It is a part of living while running. ”

Matthew 25:14-30English Standard Version (ESV)

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the

outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Each man above was handed something and was expected to do something with it.  The men who took risks and invested their talents, not only increased their talents and experiences but were rewarded by their master.  Our talents could look like anything.  A gift, a call, children, career, etc. etc. etc.  What are we doing to go after being risk takers in the places we have been given a charge to go after.   Are we…. me… you…. slowing down to look at our lives and say am I investing what I can here? Or am I afraid, thinking I better play it safe?  How easy would it have been to just keep KG at home.   To have her step out of our normal, and travel somewhere and then ask her to stay.  It’s risky.  We know…we did it a couple of months ago and that “investment” didn’t turn out as we expected. We decided though to not look at the lost expectations but the gain.  We shared in an experience…we gained a story to tell about her and who she is.  And on top of that her toes have touched the sandy beaches of Northern California.  Her lung was always going to collapse but her toes possibly would have never touched the sandy waters.

That is what living while running looks like for us.  That is what being a risk taker looks like for us.

So we did again.

We faced the unknown once again.

She LOVED it!

Isaac loved it!





She smiled more in those three days then we had ever seen.

A reward greater then any!

A month goes by REALLLY REALLLY fast!

I can’t believe it has more than a month since I have taken the time to sit and write. I guess that is just how life goes sometimes. I thought about writing about what we have been up to for this past month, then I realized I don’t have three hours and neither do you probably. I am going to do the next best thing….post pictures. Maybe make a comment or two because I can’t help myself.

Who couldn’t start with this picture.  And yes that is a doggie door 🙂



My mom can garden with the best of them!


Some gardening renovations…this bird bath was white and is now yellow and holds a very beautiful flower!


We had a special family Valentines day dinner. Isaac opted for hot dogs instead of steak.  I know…it’s a question I might not ever be able to anwser…why hot dogs?


Baby girl wanted to go see all of her friends at Mercy Hospital…so we had an almost four-day stay there.  It was very exciting and fun and boring….ALL at the same time.  I think she just likes to lay around in her diaper.  I tell her she can do that at home…apparently she doesn’t believe me.


My boy and I were able to sneak in some snuggles the night that Daddy took a shift at the hospital.  I tell ya this boy hangs in there with us and all we handle.  Couldn’t have asked for a better first-born!


Then Charles and I got to go the south for an amazing five-day vacation with some unbelievable phenomenal friends.  It was a glorious time full of laughter, deep talks, tears, food, and snow.


She welcomed us back with a week worth of intense morning seizures.  So much so this momma actually called daddy home one morning.  That doesn’t happen a lot.


This is what she looks like in the morning now. Seizure free and sleeping. Praise the Lord!


Aunt Jessie came by for a quick visit.


That of course called for pedicures.


Then jury duty.


More gardening.  Dug this huge bush up out the ground.

Then a trip to my place of refuge:


That basically sums up our last month.  I might need a nap.


If you could..

I am not one to regret. Not that I don’t have times of regret…moments that I look back on and think “ooh I wish I had done that differently,” I for sure have those. I just think those moments are necessary to a wonderful life. It is those moments I believe that help us become better. It’s those moments that teach us…things about ourselves, things about life, and things about the people around us. Regret is one of the reason why if I could read a book containing all that happened and will ever happen in my life, I wouldn’t. ( I have to read it cover to cover if I read it. ) I think that there is too much valuable information and experiences in the living of life, to have it taken away but knowing what is to come.

Now don’t get me wrong, does it sound sweet to know what is coming up?? Yes! I am a planner…I love to know! I love to know how to plan so I can know how to respond and how to feel. I love knowing what to expect. Not knowing is not easy for me. And you can bet it sounds sweet to know what happens with my Katie Grace. It would be amazing to just know, how long is she going to live, what will it look like, will it be graceful and beautiful and sweet. Or does it get ugly and more painful and I watch her slowly and painfully die in front of me. What doctors do I take to her, how helpful are they, how many more hospitals visits..etc. etc. I would LOVE to know the future of her life. I would LOVE to know how to plan… to prepare my heart. So reading the book sounds sweet!

Then there is regret and what it teaches me. I look back at the first year of her life and think I could have done this better. I have regretted not getting a nurse earlier, or not figuring out she was allergic to the food we were feeding her earlier. Those things would have been nice to have in place a lot earlier then we got them but I learned with them. I learned myself and my daughter in the process. I don’t regret now. I don’t look back and say I was awful because I didn’t or I should have known. I just look back and say okay, I learned and all I can do is keeping learning. I can keep doing life and learning along the way.

So maybe it isn’t regret but learning that I would miss if I read the book of my life. I don’t mind learning, even the hard things. They aren’t fun, they aren’t easy but they are a necessary part of life. I don’t regret moving to Georgia and disappearing into the depths of a family cult basically for three years. I learned A LOT! It would have been easier to learn another way but I didn’t choose that way. And it is okay. And on top of that I got Charles David and two of the most amazing kids out of the journey; a journey that isn’t even over yet. I wouldn’t want to miss out on all of that by knowing ahead of time what is to come.

I for sure wouldn’t read the book.

What about you? Would you read it? Would you want to know?


Do you ever hear one of those songs that just sticks with you.  Like you hear it once and it just sits right in your heart and soul….and you just want to listen to it over and over.  Phillip Phillips song Home…..does that to me.

I haven’t been a big American Idol fan….I have watched it off and on but Phillip Phillips year I watched it and I liked him. He was that guy who had a gift and you knew whether or not he won…he would make it. Those are my favorite type of people to see win things…cause I think that is what those shows should be about. People who have a gift getting noticed for their gift.

My favorite lines in his song Home is:

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

I don’t know if that is because of Katie Grace and all that we have gone through with her.  I don’t know if it is because of all that we have gone through in life. I find the words comforting.  Like life is hard….there is tough stuff but it’s okay.  It is always gonna be okay.  You are always going to find your way.  You are always going to make it.  “You can always be found”  It sings to my heart.  It releases this hope…that on some days can be hard to come by in my home.

I could put his song on for days and never tire of it. There are nights in lay down in bed and my soul cries out to hear the lyrics…to be sung too.  To have hope released. To close my eyes knowing that there is hope there and that it is bigger then then the troubles.

So Thanks Phillip Phillips.


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