This morning, I had two friends send texts. One was so excited to announce her trip to exotic location and called it a "little trip." Haha, it was no little trip to me and she wanted to know if I could watch her dog. I love dogs and have been wanting to try taking care of one with Henry because it would be great for him to have a little playmate.
The other friend, texted that she was really sad that she couldn't take a big vacation with her kids and that for money reasons, it just wasn't going to happen this year. However, they would be able to take a trip for a couple of weeks touring the east coast instead.
Well, sadly, I haven't been on any type of vacation for five years and it was to my grandmother's house (which I love). When I asked Kevin about it, he said it was because we have always been moving in the summer. It made sense. Our leases have always pretty much (except one) have been up for renewal in the summer. The sad part is that we've never renewed a lease before. (Here's to hoping we finally will next summer!)
Unfortunately, I allowed myself to be sad for a few minutes because it will definitely be a year without any vacations again. Not even home to Utah for any holidays. No trips for my 30th birthday or any celebrations. It's just not in the budget.
While feeling sorry for myself, I remembered these words read by President Hinckley (how I love and miss him!).
"I am always moved by this simple verse of Anne Campbell, written in behalf of her child. Said she:
You are the trip I did not take;
You are the pearls I cannot buy;
You are my blue Italian lake;
You are my piece of foreign sky."
I have my pearls, blue Italian lake and foreign sky. His name is Henry. We say, "nom, nom" at meal times, splash everywhere in the bathtub, read and flip through books all day long, swing as high as possible at the playground and smile as much as possible. Henry is more than I could have ever hoped for and worth more than any vacation I could ever take. I love Henry with all my heart and am grateful that we can have our fall days right at home.