The trip ive been waiting for since I married Brett came to be this past week. I have always wanted to take Brett to Ocean City so that he could share in my childhood memories. Six months ago, my whole family decided that indeed this trip was going to happen in August. The whole family, we took the trip together. My sister , brother-in-law, the kids and my parents drove up together on Saturday. Brett and I followed Sunday morning at 2am. Yes, 2am. Ill say upfront that I had a blast this week. I think we all did.
But, as life happens sometimes, after being on the road for about 6hrs, brett and I got a call from his dad. We came to find that Bretts grandfather, Chester, took a turn for the worst, out of nowhere. He had, minutes, maybe hrs. Half hr later, he passed.
As some of you may know, this happened to me with my grandfather last year when we were about to go on the same exact trip (only the girls of the family went that time. No hubbies).
So to my shock, and fighting selfishness, I turned to God in my heart thinking, “Seriously?” Shortly there after, I remember what God taught me last year when this happened. He told me a simple phrase, “Colleen, life is not about you.” This phrase is what I leaned on this time as well.
Brett and I decided to finish off the 2 hrs to Ocean CIty and wait to see what the funeral arrangements were. There was really nothing else we could do. Driving back was not an option as we had been driving all night.
Brett was able to stay 3 wonderful, fun-filled days and then drove back home for the funeral. I was still able to show him all of my wonderful memories from my past. Though the week wasnt exactly as I hoped and planned for, God is still so good. When it came time to leave, Brett insisted I stay and finish off the rest of my week enjoying the vacation with my family.
Here are some pics for you to enjoy.
A family near us built this awesome sand castle