February 25, 2015
“Hellooooooo?” I raced through the door and called out to my roommate, so anxious to share my news that I could barely contain my excitement. I had just experienced the most magical night of my entire life, and I could not wait to tell her about it. Sure, it had only been six weeks since this wonderful man had come into my life, but time and logic are irrelevant when you are in love. When he had asked me to marry him earlier that night, I did not hesitate before answering. I knew, I just knew that he was the man of my dreams. He was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I threw myself across my roommate’s bed and declared dramatically, “He is the one!”
At our wedding reception a few months later, when the best man gave his speech, he looked me straight in the eye and half-jokingly warned, “I hope you are ready for an adventure.” He had no way of knowing, of course, could never have predicted what an adventure it would turn out to be! And through it all, through the times when my heart felt like it would explode with joy, and through the times when my whole world was rocked to its core and I did not know how life could possibly continue, he is the one who has been with me every step of the way.
February 19, 2015
We board the cruise ship, my daughter and I, full of excitement and anticipation for the journey ahead.1 When I saw the advertisement just a few weeks ago for an island getaway, and when my husband offered us the use of his frequent-flyer miles to get to the port, how could I pass up the opportunity? This is the first time being away from my special-needs foster child in over a year, and I am greatly looking forward to the respite. To a chance to recharge and rejuvenate, returning home at the end of the trip with renewed joy and resolve. Caribbean, here we come!