Standing in the middle of the parking lot at 10:00pm with a flat tire did not feel very hopeful. Especially since the said flat tire was completely my fault. Who knew high curbs could literally pop your tire like a balloon?
I stood there, a litany of blame and embarrassment whirling through my brain wondering how on earth we were going to be able to leave at 5:00am the next morning as planned. Its hard when a thoroughly thought out plan suddenly gets completely derailed and with three kids, three states, and four places to sleep over we had a pretty tight schedule.
I couldn’t change it, I couldn’t control it, and I couldn’t get what I wanted. But as our days on vacation continued to unfold Dave and I over and over again thanked God for that flat tire. He made our vacation much much better. Much more peaceful and slow. Much more enjoyable for our children, for us, and for all the people we love that we got to spend time with. Yes, travelling is hard and there have been plenty of moments of havoc and chaos. But in between those moments there have been memories being made. Memories that we pray will outlast any nuances like flat tires or rainy 4th of July’s. But swimming in the rain made it that much more awesome and we got to swim with precious family that we would not have seen if it weren’t for the flat tire.
So even the ones that are embarrassing, even the ones that derail seemingly good plans…even those changes are worth the deep breath and the embracing of all that is out of our control.
So here’s to good memories, hard memories, and the ones that you we will remember forever.
So many times I have reflected back on where this family has been and how far life has taken us. We are so thankful to be on vacation together and all the moments, even the chaotic ones, are cherished.