We Made It!

We Made It!  We made it to Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney World.  We traveled 2275 miles to get here in 11 days.  I would definitely say that the trip was worth the challenges.  Sebellah was amazing and we had a load of fun along the way.  I will always remember the journey and it is truly one of my favorite experiences of my 62 years on this earth.  We still have 4 days at Walt Disney World and 5 days at the beach in Destin, but I actually think the 11 days with Sebellah will be the highlight of the trip for me.  We were both very tired, in fact literally as we crossed through the Walt Disney World sign, she fell asleep.

Lolli made it too.  We are so excited for her to join us.  Jeremiah, Kristen, Kamdyn and Evie have also joined us for 3 days of experiencing Mickey and Minnie and all that Walt Disney World has to offer.  I think that Sebellah and Kamdy will have a lot of fun together.

I will admit that as I left the Costco parking lot on the 21st, I felt overwhelmed and anxious, but that anxiety shortly dissipated and was followed by an amazing 11 days that I will never forget.  I would say that one of the clear takeaways related to the experience of raising a grandchild, is the importance of looking for creative ways to be able to do the things that are important and will make a difference.  We had to be creative to make this trip work and it took taking some risks, but it has been worth it.  I believe that it will forever be an important element in the bond that Sebellah and I have.  I think the remainder of the trip will also be very special for the three of us and for our relationship with Jeremiah and his family, as well.

Next summer, we are off to Hawaii with Ryan and Hannah.  We can still do similar things that we had planned on doing if it we just Allene and I.  We just have to be more creative in how we do them.  I like to say, “Life is a Process, and the Process is Life!”  We are experiencing a different process than planned, but it is still a great process and a process worth the challenges that are involved.

So, we are off this morning to the “Magic Kingdom”.  I appreciate those of you who have followed us through this blog.  We will continue to share our journey over the next 15 days and beyond.

Sharing the Journey,

Rich, “Pops”20180731_100300.jpg20180731_142446.jpg

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I have been involved in the field of Human Services for 30 plus years. I teach in the field of Human Services for Purdue University Global. Allene is a stay at home "Lolli", after spending many years in the Healthcare field. We have 3 adult children and in May, 2018, we adopted our granddaughter, who is 6 years-old. We have had her since she was 5 months old. At the end of 2019, we moved to Mount Airy, North Carolina, as a part of a plan to downsize and give Allene the chance to retire, and be at home full-time. We are devoted to making a difference in Sebellah's life and also in the lives of other grandparents raising grandchildren.

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