Saturday, August 1, 2009

family holiday

(Sara's version) Well, we did it. We holidayed, vacationed, got away.... whatever the term. We took the four girls, plus a caregiver (thanks, Katelyn!) and enjoyed the sun and sand of Lake Huron for eight wonderful days! We met with another family, Dwayne and Tracy, and their four kids at my parent's cottage in Point Clark. Tracy had been trained to care for Rachel before, so she was familiar with the tube-feedings. Between four trained adults, Janneke and Rachel were well-cared for. Not sure of the others since Dwayne was in charge of them.

Despite me locking both sets of keys in our van and having to call CAA for help, despite leaving both Janneke and Rachel's medicines at home, despite an odd bout of stomach illness for Janneke, despite leaving two bags of garbage on the front lawn for the skunks after we left today, and despite the fact that I never won a single game of Seafarers.... the holiday was enjoyable and fun for all of us. We were so thankful for the extra help with our family, making our time an actual family holiday.

We were excited to succeed at two day trips to the beach in Kincardine. Our best purchase for the whole family - particularly Rachel and Janneke - was the beach tent which allowed us to tube-feed at the beach free from blowing sand and curious onlookers. We will not forget the look and sound of sheer delight from Rachel when she heard and saw the waves. Emily and Sophia were our water rats this week, and Rachel was content to feel the sand between her toes at the water's edge. (Janneke often napped at the beach. She gave a cry of pure outrage when I dipped her feet in, so that was enough for her.)

So, now we are back. Back to loads of laundry, more visits to the hospital for check-ups with Janneke and Rachel, and time at home with Emily and Sophia before they start school. Sometimes, the busyness and the schedule that must be consistently followed gets tiring, emotionally tiring. Yet, being able to sit in the sand, catch some waves with my family, and see the sunset (midst a million bugs) with Ralph made this week a slice of peace and assurance... assurance that someday God will make things right again and we will savour the beauty of His creation for more than just a week.

Here's hoping we update this blog more often now that August has started... all the best with you and yours. Oh yes, and thanks, Jim and Grace, for the use of the utility trailer. We were quite the sight driving down the highway, but, no worries, your trailer is still in one piece.


Del said...

What beautiful pictures!! I'm so glad you guys were able to get away, and had a great time!! I think maybe the weather even cooperated a bit? Oh, I miss your girls!


Aunt Linda said...

What beautiful pictures. I especially like the last one with all of the Pot Family. Considering that Lake Huron is usually cold, you did well to spend time on the beach and water.

Williams Family Blog said...

Hurray, a vacation!!! I love those beach pictures.Kinda reminds me of all those Pinery camping trips from years back. Nothing like the feel of the sand between your toes and the sound of the waves hitting the shore with oodles of time to spend swimming, playing and building sand castles. We are so glad you had some time away as a family. Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Love The Williams

Anonymous said...

Since your van wasn't in the driveway, I knew you were on holidays. So happy for your family that you were able to manage this. Another hurdle has been passed. Hooray!
Tanya L.

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