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 -
Day Three -
Day Four -
Day Five -
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 children...no 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.