July 5, 2012 1:25 AM
Missions Trail 2012 - Santa Barbara
Maddy and I celebrated the arrival of my wheelchair by loading it up to take me to the Mission Santa Barbara. We caught a little of the Fourth of July Parade, had a lovely breakfast/dinner/lunch, saw Brave. and then collapsed back at the hotel to assess how I held up.
This will be our fifth night here, but we have determined that we can go ahead with the trip - in a no-frills sort of way. Tomorrow we will see three missions and then head up to Palo Alto, where Tripp's aunt and uncle live in the same house his uncle grew up in. I am so looking forward to seeing them again and having them get to know Maddy. Uncle Fielding is a true music aficionado and I can't wait to hear the conversation that ensues.
Thank you for your prayers.
I'm so glad you're able to continue the trip ... I hope you're able to take it easy and enjoy it - despite the wheelchair. Praying for pain relief, safe travels, and a good visit with family.
Posted by: Deborah | July 5, 2012 11:33 AM
I'm so glad you were able to continue on your trip! I was hoping you would.
I'm visiting my parents in the Bay Area (you met them a few years ago when we roomed together at Mount Hermon) and told them about your accident. My mom felt so awful for you. Two years ago, she broke her ankle when (get this) she and my neice were both hurrying down the staires to get the phone and their legs tangled. Haley was fine, Mom had a compound fracture. The accident happened over Memorial Day weekend, she had surgery a week later, and spent the summer recovering. She was so happy to hear that you didn't need surgery.
BTW, when Dad checked the Caller ID after Mom's fall, they discovered that Haley and Mom were rushing to answer a call from a telemarketer. No more racing to the phone for our family.
I pray that you and Maddy will have an especially-blessed trip.
Posted by: Jeanette | July 5, 2012 1:22 PM
I'm glad you're going on. You won't regret it, I think. Praying that the pain will be under control and that this memory-maker will be all good. You only need to look back to see how God brings good out of crazy. OK, OK, I'll speak for myself...I am actually...
Posted by: Lynette | July 5, 2012 5:20 PM
I no longer ask myself why life can't just be a tad easier... too many adventures that took an interesting turn. I guess it is best to just pray and be in God's good grace and see how it all plays out. I'm heartened to hear that you are marching onward! Still praying for the healing and help you may need along the way. Pullin' for you and Maddy, from here in MN.
I could mention my travels to CA in recent years - the first time, I was finally breaking away (a difficult hump to get over) for a little week of respite from the care of my severely disabled daughter, so I flew to Sacramento to stay with my brother who is a bachelor and college professor. Turned out that he had to have immediate surgery for a newly discovered Stage IV cancer, and caring for him became my "respite" - and yet it was. I used to work as an RN, and happened to be right there at the right time. Just last year, a similar situation arose while I was there, but he recovered quickly and well, and we ended up at the home of the most gracious and hospitable strangers for Thanksgiving dinner. How memorable was that! Also got to meet my semi-estranged DD and her BF for the first time at the hospital... All kinds of things were working out for good. Someday later I will see those missions and the giant sequoia forest. Peace, peace, peace!
Posted by: Kate J | July 6, 2012 12:40 AM
Yayyyy! Saint Barbara is looking after you. Looking forward to more pictures. After 30 years of travelling around California nearly once a year, I'm sad to say I've never been to any of the mission sites.
Posted by: Tiffany | July 6, 2012 5:03 PM
I'm not surprised you are once more making lemonade of the lemons life gives you. How inspiring!
Posted by: judy | July 6, 2012 6:32 PM
I'm also glad that you are continuing the trek with Maddy. Such lovely pictures. God bless you both!
Love and prayers,
Posted by: Jan | July 8, 2012 12:03 AM
We were thinking of you yesterday when my husband, kids, and I were visiting the mission in Sonoma...I hope your trip is going along as well as possible & that you're able to enjoy your visit out here on the left coast :-)
We'll keep praying for your recovery!
Posted by: Dianna | July 9, 2012 3:15 AM