Friday, August 15, 2008

The Gold at the End of My Rainbow

Tomorrow is the last day of our brief intermission from day to day life, otherwise known as our vacation. We have been here in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for two weeks.
Our first day here we were rewarded with this beautiful rainbow. I say rewarded because though we live a little over 7 hours away, our trip down was closer to 14 hours. We left around 5 am and arrived about 6:30 pm. About 45 minutes into the trip we hit some really bad weather. That continued for at least a couple hours. Then there were the numerous stops because of eating, gas, nursing Mia, stretching and running toddler legs and bathroom breaks.

We made our typical stop for Austin to see the monster trucks and actually ride one this time. (A post on that later.) That is when things went terribly wrong.
No, no ...the monster trucks were great, but when we left we hit MAJOR traffic. Some was just general Saturday beach traffic, but we also sat through the result of two accidents. It took us over two hours to go 20 miles! When we finally got through that we ran into really nasty weather again. It really did feel like we would never arrive. Fortunately, the kids were being amazingly patient and well behaved for the length of time they were restrained in the car. When we finally did arrive, it rained and stormed terribly for about 20 minutes and then the sun came out and God blessed us with the perfect beauty of the rainbow. I knew that it was His way of reminding me that though the trip was difficult, the reward and blessing of getting to spend two weeks with the loves of my life was worth it.



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13 comments:

Cecily R said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation. I ADORE the last shot. Its perfect.

david mcmahon said...

As a father who revels in being a fther and revels in the blessing that is Life, your post struck a huge chord ....

beth said...

Amazing shot! Glad your vacation got better from there.

Carol said...

What a cute pic with their dad.

What boys don't adore monster trucks?

Peter Dyrholm said...

see if you stayed with the monster trucks you wouldn't have hit traffic ;-)

Can't wait to hear about and see photos of the trucks :-)
Great photo with the perspective boy vs. monster truck....

Looks like the "yep, I can drive that"...

Allison R said...

Sounds like a perfect vacation. Happy POW

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

looks fun!

The White House said...

what a wild road trip... travelling with kids is so tough, especially when you are nursing. I get SUPER grumpy when we hit unexpected stuff like construction and accidents. What a kind blessing from the Lord- a rainbow!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

those are some BIG tires - and I haven't seem a rainbow ni ages!!!

Chris said...

After all of that, the fact that you can still see the beauty as well as the message of that rainbow in the sky, tells me you're doing alright.

Ryanne said...

Such a beautiful rainbow. It makes the nasty weather worth a view like that. I love how awestruck your son is by the monster truck! And what an adorable family you have!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful rainbow! I just love the outer banks...
Happy pow!

Wendi said...

Did you say 2 weeks?
I knew you had been there a while...but oh my goodness!
Jealous.
I am ready to go back too.
Sorry about the rough start.
Happy about your reward!
Great pics!