There and Back {Part 2}

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The following is the second post of a two part reflection on my recent trip to Florida where I wrote my feelings on the way “there” and then again on the way “back.” In case you missed Part 1 you can read it here.

PART 2: Back

MENTAL NOTE TO SELF: Monday, visit Drivers License Bureau – I thought as my husband and I entered the large plane taking us back home after our 5-day vacation in Florida.

Making our way down the tight isle in between the even tighter seats of the airplane, anxiety began to set in further as I thought about whether our overly stuffed carry-on luggage would fit into the overhead compartment.

I was already a tad annoyed having just been told by an airport security guard that my drivers license expired.

One. More. Thing. to add to my to-do list which was starting to feel more jam packed than the luggage that we were dragging down the isle behind us. Yet the stress of my to-do list on the way back paled in comparison to the distress that enveloped me on my way there.

It was hard to believe that less than one short week ago our lives seemed so dismal – so filled with tragic events and over-consuming worries.

Of course the reality is, many of these worries were still out there surrounding us (even a week later as this post goes live), but it was as if our week away gave me just that much more strength to fight the darkness that had been following me. Our time away had given me the power of a positive attitude to help attack this dark trailing stalker.

A little sleep, a little sun, a little quite time with some views.

Views of Vacation

Bike rides to breakfast on the beach.

Beach after bike ride

Beautiful evening sunsets.

View of the Sunset

Waterside walks and dinning.

Waterside Walks and Dining

Swimming, and lounging and filling my day with my husband, a few good books, and just the right amount of work.

As the week wore on somehow relaxation began to squeeze its way back into my life.


My thoughts drifted back to the plane as my husband finally managed to squeeze our luggage into the overhead bin and we slowly sunk down side by side into our snug seats.

Five days. Five full days to rebuild my strength, to refresh my outlook, to renew my hope…

and to remember that time…
does often help to heal.

As the plane took off towards the day’s setting sun, I welcomed our arrival back. Back to our home, back to our kids, and yes, even back to the daily grind…

Home Again with the Kids

A daily grind that now felt surmountable because I had more than just hope…
On my way back I had rest. And a little rest is a powerful thing.

Leave a Comment: When one compares my way there with my way “back” – the significant difference in my writing and attitude is amazing. I think that taking the occasional break from life’s stresses can be just as important as daily food and sleep. What do you think?

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7 Responses to There and Back {Part 2}

  1. Missy says:

    There is nothing like a break. We need breaks, and much more often than we give them to ourselves. You left with so much on your heart (how is your nephew??), and mind, that the space had to have helped you process things.

    Let’s face it – the list never, ever ends. All we control is how we manage that list! So glad you had a good vacation and got some rest.

    • Kate F. says:

      Thanks Missy. I feel almost like our vacation (although planned 1/2 a year ahead) was divine intervention… we completely needed just a few days to unwind and to help us come back and deal.

      My nephew is doing ok. Thanks for your concern. The tumor didn’t show growth during the last scan. The hope is to begin treatment shortly. Going through this twice though… is hard 🙁

  2. Luke says:

    To get theological here… as it is my job… your conclusion A little rest is a powerful thing is totally right on! That’s why the Sabbath is a command.

    One day out of the week to just be.

    Here’s a confession: Pastors are often the worst violators of this command. And our culture is a 24-7 one that demands something every day of the week.

    It is becoming increasingly counter-cultural to just unplug for a day. And if not a day, start with a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday morning/afternoon/evening and then start work to broaden it. A time where the only thing on your checklist is to not do anything on your checklist. 😉

    Hope that your vacation continues to follow you! May you still feel the sun on your skin and be reminded of your peaceful time as you go forth and rock out this day!

    • Kate F. says:

      I’m not sure that our vacation has followed us… but it has helped us to relax and cope a little better.

      I can only imagine how hard it is to turn things “off” in your roll as a pastor Luke. It is such an important thing though – and, it is import to KNOW it’s important 😉 You seem so good at finding that balance… sometimes I am, sometimes I’m not… but like you – I am grateful that I at least know and deem rest as an important thing.

      Onward I march – not always resting – but knowing that I should 😉

      • Luke says:

        Well, in any role. Bankers who can’t ‘switch off.’ Teachers who always teach. Parents who feel guilty that they aren’t doing enough or for taking time off to just be… reading a book, having a coffee, playing D&D (ahem! that last one is totally not me… okay, maybe.) Etc. etc.

        It’s good to know to take time off. It’s another thing to actually do it. I like the “divine intervention” part in your comment above to Missy. Sometimes it takes that! Praying for Jack. Praying for you. Heaps of blessings on ya, Kate! Thanks for writing and cluing all of us in on what you’re going through. Just love your blogs.

  3. Susi says:

    I was amazed by the few little weekend breaks we took this year… the before and after. A little rest and relaxation goes a long way! 🙂

    • Kate F. says:

      It does it does! R&R is way more important than one might initially think. Good for you that you make it more of a priority Susi!

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