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And so I am in California…

And I thought I wouldn’t be writing any more traveling posts for a while  Well, as it turns out I must be crazy and I decided to do it again.  With both boys.  By myself.  International flight.  Why don’t we back up a bit, it’s kinda a cool story…

So it’s Tuesday evening in France which is Tuesday morning in LA.  I decided to call my dear, dear cousin to wish her well on her wedding this weekend.  This is kind of a bittersweet situation because I love her so much and cannot wait for her to marry her man.  And yet on the flip side I am here in France and only get to see pictures when they are loaded on Facebook.  Talk about a bummer.

So as Marissa and I are chatting, I texted my husband, “Oh, man. I really wish I could have gone to this wedding.”  I think subconsciously I was hoping he would text me back saying, “There’s still time, Babe. Let’s get you a ticket!!” However, my husband, being the ever-so-practical man that he is texted back saying, “I told you we could have tried if you wanted to.”  Past tense.  Dang it.  It looks like my chance has passed.  So I wished Marissa well trying to accurately express how much I wanted to be there without making her feel bad that I wasn’t.  I think she was doing the same thing.

I hung up the phone and tried to get a hold of myself.  I have a very large, very close-knit family and it physically hurts when I have to miss important things like weddings and babies being born.  (I missed my niece being born a few weeks ago.)  However, I didn’t want to express this emotion to my husband because, one, he already knows the way I feel.  There is no reason to rub it in.  And, two, I don’t want him to feel bad that I didn’t make it.  After all, it isn’t his fault.

I walked out of our room where I was talking to Marissa and into the living room where he sat on his computer.  I plopped down next to him with a big sigh.  He already knew what I was feeling.  He repeated his text, “I told you we could have tried to go.  You wait until now to want to try?”

“No, we don’t have to try.  I understand.  I waited too long and it’s too expensive.”  I picked up my computer thinking ‘I am just gonna check if there are cheap flights.  What if by some bizarre chance we could do it?  Crazy, but worth a try.’  As I was picking it up I glanced over to Var’s computer to see what he was doing.  Expedia.com.  What?  He was already checking flights for me!  Now I might have a husband who is adamantly against celebrating Valentine’s Day and rarely (if ever) brings home flowers, but that man loves me practically.  And I couldn’t ask for a better way to be loved.

So we started our search.  We checked airline miles, Travelocity, Expedia, CheapTickets, Air France and for some reason Var checked out Lufthsana.  Now remember, this was Tuesday night.  I closed my eyes and said a little prayer.  Lord, if this is from you, make it a reasonable, doable price.  If not, please give me peace about not going and settle my heart.  

He found tickets for all three of us leaving Thursday (now just a day away) for about $1500.  Now, I don’t know if you know much about international flights, but that is an incredible price.  While he was checking all the ins and outs of the ticket and confirming everything I was having a freak-out session via Twitter DM’s with my dear friend Gina.  Honestly, I feel like God put here there to talk through things with me at that very specific point in time.  And it was a blessing.

the happy couple

So here I am.  In California.  Surrounded by friends and family and loved ones to celebrate my cousin’s marriage and to rejuvenate my soul with the blessings that are these people to me.  God is so good and this is a gift from Him.  The wedding was a beautiful day and I can’t wait to show you some pictures of the day.  As you can see, the bride was radiant and oh-so-happy to marry her man.

me and the bride

And, needless to say, Christie and I are going to have so much fun actually working together, like in person, getting ready for April re-launch!!  Oh, so much fun!

Have a great day and God bless!!

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20 Responses to And so I am in California…

  1. MiMi February 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    God is good!
    He knew you need it and he provided. 🙂

  2. GingerPeachT February 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    That is so awesome!! What a God thing. 🙂 can't wait to see pics I love wedding pics!

  3. Cindy February 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Oh! That's so great you got to fly home and get your “fix” of family time and love AND be with your special cousin on her wedding day! What a blessing!

  4. Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com February 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Yay!! What a blessing that you were able to go! I cant wait to see pictures!

  5. Hannah @ The New Black February 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    That is so amazing! I hope you enjoy each and every second of it!!

  6. Gina February 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    That is all so fun! I love when things like that work out. And, $1,500 for all of you…that is just crazy cheap :).

  7. Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers February 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Now that's love, right there! What a great husband you have!

    I'm sure your cousin was thrilled that you were able to attend her wedding! I know all about the very large, close knit family thing.

  8. Grammy Goodwill February 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    Oh, I'm so glad you got to go to the wedding. I know from previous posts how close your family is, and you got to have some extra special family time.

  9. Aimee from byAimee.com February 28, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    YEAH!!!! love that story — welcome home lady and enjoy your stay! and we get to start working here shortly…. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  10. Kelly February 28, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    Yay!!!!! I am SO excited you got to go!!!!! This story just makes me happy!!

  11. Alyx February 28, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    Wow! Talk about incredible prices! So happy you and your boys got to go back to the states and spend some time with family!!
    Have fun there!

  12. Christina February 28, 2012 at 2:58 am #

    I just love your blog…found you from your guest post at My Girlish Whims…and I'm your newest subscriber!! 🙂

  13. Lesley at Fabulously Flawed February 28, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    What a blessing! God is good!!

  14. the Momma Bird February 28, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    awe yeah!!!! that makes me so happy 🙂

  15. ♥ CheChe February 28, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    the bride looks gorgeous and you look amazing as well! I really enjoyed reading this. It was nice to see that GOD knew you needed a man who would love you in a practical way. And in turn your able to cherish and appreciate it for the gift it is. Note to self: God gives us what we need even in the sense of the personality of the man that He has in store for us.

    ha ha sorry I'm single so everything I read on married couples blogs has some type of lesson…

    ♥CheChe

  16. Nicole February 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    way to go husband! and seriously. God kinda rocks. 🙂

    happy being home, dear.

    xo

  17. lindsey February 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Yeah that is so exciting! I'm so glad you made it home to celebrate. You would have regretted it had you not! Praise the Lord! He is truly so good and know exactly what we need and the perfect timing to bless us!

  18. Jenn @ myfabulesslife March 1, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Recent follower, so excited for you and this line, “Now I might have a husband who is adamantly against celebrating Valentine's Day and rarely (if ever) brings home flowers, but that man loves me practically. And I couldn't ask for a better way to be loved.”
    Totally spoke to me. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

  19. Kasey Lynne March 2, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    Wow…how awesome!! So glad that you got to go!

    And what an amazing hubby…already looking up flights for you and everything 😉

  20. oaxacaborn March 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Well that Twitter DM session totally blessed me too 😀

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