Vacation & Humility

June 3, 2016

*I did receive tickets for part of this trip, but the thoughts on this post are mine and mine alone. The compensation did not sway me to leave any type of review.*

God sure does know how to humble us doesn’t he? He has been making sure that I am humbled these past few weeks, and its great but difficult life lesson at time. We wanted a family vacation. We wanted one now. That was not the plan for us this year.

Let me go back to a few months ago, when we decided that we wanted to go on a vacation to Nashville, Tennessee.  It was going to be a long trip, but we didn’t care. We planned to be gone for about 5 days, and it was going to be our very first family vacation! We were fixing to start getting everything together when my grandmother fell and broke her leg/hip.  She had just recovered from an almost identical injury from December and was just released from her doctors in April. Well she had to go back into surgery, and is going to be down for a couple of months. I am very close to my grandmother, both physically located near her and emotionally. I knew I was going to have to cancel the vacation and stay to help her out.

With much coaxing, she talked us into going on a smaller trip. Only being gone for a few days instead of the lengthy journey we were going to partake.  We planned for a quick two-day trip instead. The plan was that we were going to wake up at 5 a.m.  and leave, drive hours to Memphis, Tennessee and go see their amazing zoo then stay the night somewhere. The next day included a nice day in Little Rock (yes, we live in Arkansas. No we are not close enough to go to Little Rock every day and do the things there, so this was a lot of fun for us!)

 "If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness." 2 Corinthians 11:30 ESV

About 10:00 that night, I hear it…the sound of impending doom. Monkey was sick to his stomach, throwing up. It was nasty and everywhere and just awful. I put him the shower while I started cleaning up the mess. B was in the room with Buggy, who had woke up due to the sound. After getting him and his room cleaned up, I laid him on the couch so that I could stay up or sleep next to him. I wasn’t sure on what we were to do, if we canceled the hotel reservations we lost our money. So I waited…and waited… and waited. I prayed all night long, on what it was I was supposed to do. Thankfully, there was no more vomit and no fever so we left, with extra things of clothing, on to the zoo.

Monkey & Buggy 
Everything went pleasantly smooth on the trip up there, and we all had a super awesome time at the Memphis Zoo. If you are anywhere close, I highly recommend this zoo! Their exhibits are fantastic and my little one’s had such a great time. Oh! I was able to see jellyfish and sea horses! You have no idea how exciting it was for me to see them! The great thing about this zoo was that they allow you to bring in coolers. So we were able to have a picnic, while we sat and watched the elephants play! My little guy got to ride a camel with his daddy and Buggy couldn’t stop staring at the penguins. It took us about six hours to get through the whole thing, but it was totally worth every second.  We went to our hotel room, which we are cheap and only got one king size bed because we knew the kids would just end up in bed with us anyway. So we all pilled in after dinner, and watched a movie before turning out the lights. Monkey and me woke up early and went down for breakfast, which was great and included me having to learn how to use a waffle maker!
My Love & I 

After we checked out of the hotel, we drove on back to Arkansas. We went to an awesome place called The Big Rock Fun Park! I love this place! Seriously! But once again, God wanted us to be able to be flexible and in the middle of our mini golf game, the rain and thunderstorms came. But that was okay, because thankfully they also have a great arcade! The place was so clean and people friendly, I don’t care if you are a toddler, preschool, teenager or adult- there is something here for you to have fun on! If you see this and will be in the area this weekend, they are having some great deals because of ArkansasFamily Fun Days, so be sure to check them out!

Either way, our vacation was not what we planned but it was what we needed. Through it all, we laughed and became closer to one another.  We realized that sometimes our plans aren’t what are in store for us, but because we have each other we have everything we needed. We also learned a little about being humble, and thankful for the things that we have.

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