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We are finally home, again. We had the graveside service yesterday afternoon. Jake did a great job planning it. I really wanted it to be short and simple, but I am glad that he took the time to plan a meaningful farewell to our baby. Thanks to all who came, expecially the guys that traveled far inorder to perform the service.

So now Jake is at work and Jonah is having his rest time and I am suppose to be resting as well. And I'm wondering, now what? Jake has suggested moving to a small island, possibly off the coast of New Zealand, where I can teach English and he can be a beach bum who writes sad songs and poetry. I'm thinking maybe we could just take a family vacation- to getaway and remind ourselves that we can still have fun, but to also celebrate the family that we DO have. I didn't have to come home with empty arms to an empty house, but instead to an energetic five year old who thinks he is a power ranger. I'm thankful for that (well, maybe not for the power ranger part...).

The question is, where should be go? I think planning a vacation would be good for me right now when I'm suppose to be taking it easy but of course, Jake and I can't agree on where to go. I suggested Disney World and he votes for the Grand Canyon. We agreed that we need to compromise, something less tourist driven than DW but more relaxing than the GC. Suggestions?

15 comments:

pastorwick said...

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melody said...

You should check out the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It's beautiful out there, and there is a lot of cool history. Jonah would love learning all about the pirates in the area!

I would always recommend a trip to Nashville, too. You never know what kind of country or contemporary Christian music stars you might run into down there.

food tv junkie said...

I'm with melody on the North Carolina thing. Ken & I were seriously thinking about going this summer if our cars could handle the trip. Whatever you do, don't go to Canada .... Big Disappointment. I've also heard that the other Florida Keys (not Key West) are very cool.

Sarah Anne said...

I say definitely somewhere warm and sunny! Florida is a great place- then you can go to Disneyworld and on a fun airboat to look for crocs and dolphins (adventurous enough for Jake?). :<) Wherever you go, I say it's a great idea!

Steph H. said...

Jenn-
I'm just catching up with your blog today . . . I'm so sad for what you've been through.

We're heading out on a vacation this Friday. (to escape the rough year we've had) We are doing Florida. A few days at Disney World at the beginning of the week, then finish the week relaxing at the beach.

You guys are in our prayers.

RHONDA said...

MACKINAC ISLAND is awesome. I went there 3 years ago and fell in love. However, I think the beach and/or mountains are relaxing too! You guys really deserve it.

Shelly said...

Steve and I are talking about going to Savannah this summer to get away. I've heard it's beautiful there and I'm excited to see it for myself. Ok, I'll admit-I'm also dying to eat at Paula Dean's resturant!

That being said-when I went to Jacksonville in Feb. it was AWESOME and I'd go back in a heartbeat. It was beautiful and relaxing at the same time.

Love you girl!

Ashley said...

I have 2 travel dreams! 1.) Mall of America...i'm sure there is something there Jake could do. 2.) Colorado....not the warm places like everyone else is saying, but it is snow and fun who knows...just think about were you have always wanted to go.

Kyle said...

Colorado is awesome, but there is only so much you can do in the spring. If you were going right now i would say hit some place warm like forida or the outer banks.

DW is touristy but i think you could find a mix that would interest all of you. Jake could get coffee from each part of the world in epcot. You can take in the warm weather and jonah will find something other than power rangers to become.

a moore said...

I'm glad your able take sometime and let your body and your spirit heal and recoop. When we've travelled its mostly been work kind of stuff, so we're visiting folks. But everywhere we've been we try to take a day or two as vacation, to see something. We've loved chilling in Colorado Springs, Seattle, and New Orleans.

New Orleans has a brillant children's museum and Zoo and Audobon Park is wonderful, you could spend days there.

We did Seattle before @ but I'm sure there is great stuff for kids too.

Colorado Springs is just friendly. Places to chill and just watch mountains. I could do that all day there.

Check your library for maps and tourist info for different places. Its a good way to spend a daydream. :)

Debra said...

You could always come to Louisville! :)

Miss you guys!

Katie said...

I've been to both DW and GC... They're both great. But if you really want to relax... Panachel, Guatemala. I don't think I spelled that right, but oh my... amazing. And you could basically let Jonah run free... well...
Guatemala is my vote for y'all, but if its just between the two places... You would need a leash for the GC and there might still be snow there... I mean there was a month ago. :-)

sam said...

a different spin on disney could be a disney cruise. i wouldn't think it would be much/any more expensive than going to disney world and staying in a hotel there and buying food and whatnot, but i dunno.

personally, i preferred someplace sorta secluded, where there weren't people in your face constantly. a cabin somewhere, in a place that has stuff you can drive to do would be neat. (we got a cabin outside eureka and also drove to branson)... the smokies are gorgeous. you could get a little cabin near gatlinburg, in the smoky mtn. state park (name?), and take jonah to dollywood one day or something, and also do some hiking if you're up for it, or shopping, or whatever. and knoxville is pretty close to gatlinburg (about 45 mins)... there's a great zoo in knoxville.

i hope you guys find something fabulous and restful.

*lisa (notsam)

Olivia Michal said...

Charleston, OuterBanks, Smoky Mountains, or even Chicago are all great vacations.

jen said...

lafe suggests block island, rhode island. it has some of the prettiest beaches and is like martha's vineyard but not as expensive. i personally like the outer banks idea. i've been there. it's gorgeous. (nag's head is a fun place.)