Saturday, June 18, 2016

Stepping Back

I just got home from a fantastic vacation to Ocean City, Maryland. Although it's listed as one of the three public beaches closest to Cincinnati (we had already been to Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach), it took my friend, Jan, and I twelve and a half hours to get there. Of course, by the time we arrived at our hotel, we were both exhausted. But, the next morning as I gazed out at the ocean, I was revived!

The vacation was just what I needed. The past year my mother sold her house (I had moved in with her) so I had to pack, find apartments for both of us and unpack, etc. It was a daunting task! By the grace of God, we now live in apartments across the hall from one another, which I can only describe as a blessing. I could never have orchestrated all that God did for us. And I was very grateful.

But, nothing is easy and it was emotionally and physically draining. I had been so focused on the fact that my writing was behind schedule (a self-imposed schedule), my books weren't selling well and there was always so much to do for Mom. I was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. I REALLY needed a vacation! 

So, in March, I booked a room in Ocean City and I was looking so forward to the trip. Then, less than two weeks before I was scheduled to leave, Mom fell and broke her wrist. As you can imagine, my heart sank. But, thanks to my aunt and my brother who promised to take care of Mom while I was gone, I was able to go. I was determined to put "home" behind me and to relax and enjoy the change of scenery. And I did!

A trip to the ocean always revives my spirit and this trip definitely did that and more. As I watched the waves crash to shore, I was able to step back and put things in perspective and I have to say that it feels so good to be back home!

Next week, I'll post some of the photos I took while on vacation. Until then, I hope each and every one of you has an opportunity to "step back" from your everyday life, take a deep breath and, like me, realize how blessed you truly are.