For those that don't know, I have back issues. If I manage my lifestyle in a way that lends to my back being well, I do very well and it is hardly noticeable. When I don't, it can become quite bothersome. I am now beyond the quite bothersome stage at this point and at the pain where I can't sleep at night stage. It will take me a few weeks to fully get back to normal. I don't like being at this point of pain, so I am looking forward to being back in an environment where I can start to heal again.
The flip side to that is we saw an incredible amount of things in a short period of time. We were able to share in so many neat things that it was hard for me to nail down a favorite when pondering it yesterday. Our kids will no doubt have many memories, spread out over many interesting places we saw. And all of that is so cool. More than anything, it just switches things up for us when we travel with our buddies. Which is a wonderful thing. It's truly hard to bring "newness" to someone's life that experiences a new address every two to three weeks and yet they manage to do that each and every time we are with them. They are incredible people in that way.
All of that to say, even though my body feels like it fought Chuck Norris and Chuck Norris won...it was all worth it to me. I'm pretty sure the guys feel the same way. We see it as such a wonderful gift that we just had this trip together and are so humbled by the huge sacrifices that our travel buddies made in order to do this trip with us. Even with my back stuff being a bugaboo to contend with, they had to do much more stretching of themselves to make this happen. My BIL worked full days before then doing full driving days. Something we never have to do. They came out with two sick kiddos..one that is only three. They traveled with a three year old...'nuff said.
It's the wonderful give and take of relationships and the meshing of one's lives when you chose to live in a way together beyond the superficial. It's a beautiful thing really, when you think about it. It enlarges you as people and shows your kids how community looks at its closest level. And as I lie resting this next week, I'm gonna bask in the wonder of all of that.
Living the life fully with our family and our travel buddies! Now, where is my cane? If I have to feel as wretched as House, I might as well look like him too.