Hasta Luego

In less than three weeks, David and I are taking Jack to school, boarding our dog, and jumping onto a plane headed for Madrid, Spain.

No, we can’t afford it. It will increase the already sizable amount of credit card debt we carry. But we are going anyway.

Jack will spend Thanksgiving week with his dad (who gets holidays on odd years) and my employer has issued an office-wide mandatory vacation for that week. So I have a week where I can’t work if I wanted to and I won’t have my kid. A whole week!

And lord knows we need a vacation! David and I haven’t had a true vacation together since our honeymoon three years ago. We are lucky if we get to spend an hour together each night, and usually that time is spent talking about Jack’s health. We are tired and depressed and even though we see each other daily, we miss one another.

So yeah, we’re leaving the country and getting as far away from our day-to-day troubles as we can. We are going to dedicate that week to taking care of ourselves and renewing our relationship. It’s all about us! We can wake up when we want to and go wherever our mood dictates.

I am excited and so very hopeful. I hope that the radical change in location will help us set aside our daily stresses and replace it with awe over a different country and culture. I hope we can stop talking about Jack’s health for a while and instead talk more about how fortunate we are to have this wonderful family. I hope we can reconnect and enjoy our love. Maybe we can even plan for the future.

Mostly, I hope we will come back feeling refreshed and energized and better able to handle the challenges that come at us constantly.Jack has a year and a half of treatment left. Hopefully this break will fortify us enough to make it through.

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Comments

  1. I lived in Spain a few years ago. Make sure to let your credit card company know you’re traveling, and don’t use data on your cell phone. Only use WiFi and use a free texting app like whatsapp or viber to text and share pics. Have a great time! I’m also participating in NaBloPoMo!

  2. Have an AMAZING trip! My husband and I were supposed to go to China for 10 days at the end of December, but leukemia changed those plans. So vacation for me, too! (I’ll get my trip eventually, my husband promised!) I’m sure the time away will be amazing for both of you, and for your family.

    • It’s SO HARD to get time away. I will probably worry about Jack the whole time. 😛 But I need to force myself to get away because I’m totally drowning.

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