I am FINALLY getting adjusted to returning to "real life."  After 5 glorious days in paradise, real life kind of smacks ya up side the head!! LOL

My body was back in Iowa in parent mode, but my mind was still basking on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta! I am all good now!

Our trip was such a blessing, not just because of the relaxation, the gorgeous scenery and having food and drink at our 24 hour disposal, but because of the valuable lessons we learned along the way. 

First off, as much as I have grown in patience.....God revealed to me through traveling that I still have a looooong way to go!! LOL  For example, I found myself easily frustrated getting on and off the plane as it take some individuals a light year to place their carry on bag in the upper bin!  Some even like to chit chat while doing so prolonging the activity even longer.  Why I think I should be able to get on and off a plane quickly.... I do not know!  

Something I really need to work on!! LOL

Also, there are all kinds of little inconveniences that can take place when traveling that I guess I knew of, but never thought we effect me!!

We had a very short lay over between flights.  We left DesMoines and flew to Dallas/ Ft. Worth to catch a connecting flight to Puerto Vallara!  Well, I thought a short lay over was a good thing! 


For starters our we sat on the run way in Des Moines for an hour while they tended to "mechanical issues," (very comforting by the way!) and by the time we took off, it was pretty inevitable that we were going to miss our connecting flight in Dallas.  We only had a 45 minute lay over and the Dallas Airport is the size of Albia!  It is HUGE!  You have to take a tram to get from one gate to another!

When we got off the plane in Dallas there was a not so kind airport employee telling everyone, "YOU MISSED YOUR CONNECTING FLIGHTS, you will have to get a new boarding pass and book another flight!"

I immediately came unglued!  As I am not a world traveler I did not know what this meant!  Would we be stuck in Dallas for days?  Are we going to miss days of our beautiful trip to Mexico?  I was not a happy camper.  Garrick remained calm of course, making me look even more frantic, but in the end, it ended up totally fine!  We were able to get on the next flight which was just a little over an hour from the time we got the boarding pass and it gave us time to use the potty and grab a snack!

So already, before we have even gotten to our final destination, God has showed me two areas that I got a big fat FFF in patience!! LOL

I learned a few more along the way!  When we finally got off the plane in Mexico and you are so excited to get out and see that beautiful scenery you paid so much to see..... you can't!!  
Now it is time to fill out all kinds of customs paperwork and to top it off, there is really know where to do this, so you are sitting on the floor of the airport trying to scrounge pens so you can fill out paperwork that seems to repeat itself over and over.  I was able to keep my mouth closed pretty well as I didn't want to draw attention to myself in the Mexican customs line (LOL) however, my patience was wearing pretty thin!!

The flights home were more major lessons!  Garrick ended up sick, so that was a little inconvenient though he handled well, but I had no idea getting back into our country would take even more patience than trying to get out!! LOL

Oh the lines!!! LINES OF PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!  Garrick wound up getting a very personal pat down by security because he forgot to take his belt off and almost got us in hot water in the Mexico airport for accidentally packing his pocket knife in his carry on rather than his checked bag!!  

I seriously gave him the look of death for that one!  

In case anyone wanted to know, I assure you, the US does and excellent job of assuring your safety while flying!  Though it is all inconvenient, it was worth every line and pat down to assure we were flying safely!

So there you have it!  I have a ways to go in the world of traveling!  I was really thinking I was improving with this whole patience thing, however, flying the friendly skies taught me otherwise!!!! LOL

Stay tuned for more updates on our wonderful trip!!!!

It is good to be back!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend 
There are a lot of things worth celebrating in life! 

We celebrate weddings, new babies, birthdays, anniversaries, promotions and so many other wonderful events...... but this week..... Garrick and I will celebrate something extremely precious to us.....

Not our marriage per se......not our anniversary...... but something that actually something that trumps both of those thing..... the gift of restoration. 

A year ago at this time, my heart was wounded....beyond what I thought, could ever be repaired.  The situation we were facing at that time left me feeling hopeless and despaired and questioning how my heart could ever find it's way back to the love and trust I once knew in our marriage.

Though I had many people around me telling me that it was possible and that God was good..... all the time.... and though I really did believe He was..... I was at a point that I wasn't even sure if I had the strength to try anymore.  

So.... I did what God asked of me..... which was a simple directive that took en enormous amount of strength.... I chose to live one day.... one hour.... one minute at a time.  I surrounded myself with encouraging support from fellow believers and I clung to God like white on rice.  

With every ounce of energy I had left, I placed my trust in His hands and not in my husband's words, actions or abilities.  

I allowed God to show me His faithfulness..... and His perfect timing..... and this..... taught me so much in terms of patience and faithfulness.  

Oh, I had days that I questioned what I was doing and I certainly had moments where I felt I was walking a road that was sure to continue in pain and heartache..... BUT God.  

He loves me.  He promises good to me.  He promises He will not give me pain without allowing something beautiful to be born from it. 

And God is nothing if not faithful.  

Today.... I sit here with more gratitude than I can put into words as I look at my husband, whom God touched one day and restored him back to the man I married.  I can laugh with him again.  I can cry on his shoulder again.  I can share my pains, my hurts and my struggles with him again.  And day by day..... moment by moment.... I can continue to give him back little pieces of my heart that I had locked far away from him for a very long time.  

There are still moments of pain, memories fade but never completely die.  There are still moments of unnecessary panic and anxiety and there are still moments I have to fight back anger and resentment.  But they are becoming less and less.  

We fly away Friday morning to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.... where we will celebrate God's gift of restoration!!!

This IS a celebration!  This IS money well invested!  And we give God the glory for every single moment we will share in this little paradise!

If you are finding yourself in a season of restoration or even if you and your spouse have made it over the hump of what appeared to be an impossible mountain top..... CELEBRATE!!  

Celebrate God's goodness and celebrate each other!  Show the world that overcoming one of Satan's evil tactics to separate what God has joined together is a victory well worth celebrating!!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friends
Missy and Garrick