Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Our Make-a-Wish

The week was action packed.  I wanted to cram in every moment that we could (a couple of days it was just too much for Brayden).  I had an itinerary in mind before we arrived, I tried to plan.

Day One -
Arrive and Give Kids the World
Day Two -
Magic Kingdom
Day Three -
Universal Studios
Day Four -
Animal Kingdom
Day Five -
Sea World
Day Six -
Back to Magic Kingdom
Day Seven -
Give Kids the World and Depart

What I did not plan for was how emotional the trip was going to be for Jeremy and I.  Being treated so special because of our special little guy was overwhelming at times.

I spent many mornings letting out a good cry in the shower.  The reality of our life hit me like a ton of bricks during the week.  We were a Make-a-Wish family...we were a Make-a-Wish family, I could not seem to wrap my head around that idea...this happens to other people not us.
Seeing Brayden on a ride in his wheelchair, riding the horse or simply being greeted by a character, got me choked up...and it did not help that when I looked at Jeremy he had tears in his eyes as well.

Giving Brayden the opportunity to sore on the rides, swim in the pool, listen to the music of the parades, just be with his family for an entire week...not to mention giving Carter and Luke the chance to be little boys, fully emerced in fun and activities, not being shuttled from place to place to accommodate Brayden's schedule and needs.  Then giving Jeremy and I the chance to just enjoy our concerns about work, doctor appointments, making meals, taking care of the house...We could just be in the moment.

As we drove away the last day, tears filled my eyes and came rolling down my face.  Our Make-a-Wish trip exceeded any expectations that I could have conjured up.  I was thinking about this trip being a defining moment for our family, a week of memories that will always be treasured, Brayden's life being celebrated, our chance to step out of our day-to-day life and live, be with our family soaking in each moment, each smile, each squeal of delight and each snuggle.


Abby said...

So happy you had such a wonderful time!

Shannon said...

LOVE this post, Carrie. I am so glad the trip was everything you had hoped it would be and more. I can't wait to hear and see more.

kirstenpetree said...

so special! So happy you guys got to do this!

Megan said...

What a blessing! So glad it exceeded all your expectations and was a special time for every member of your family.

Tracy said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful experience. So glad you all had a great time.

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

I need to start getting out Kleenex before reading your blog! : ) I am so thrilled for you and your family. This trip sounds amazing. I am so glad that you were able to experience it. A break from the normal hectic schedules and a chance to enjoy time as a family sounds pretty fantastic! Love the pics too. What precious memories!

Anonymous said...

Hi there i wanted to thank u for sharing your trip in a public forum. I have cried while reading about your trip. My family is taking the same trip in just over two weeks so i was googling how to plan and found your site. I just hope my boys can find as much fun and joy as yours did. The idea of just being a family sounds so wonderful.