I have a lot I have been thinking about that I want to share on here, but don't want to post too much too soon, because I really want each post to be seen. But, I know that some of you may be awaiting a Jamaica recap and photos, so I thought I would start there.
Overall, we had a nice time. New Year's was really, really hard, as I said in an earlier post. But it was nice to be out in the sunshine, to spend some good time with Spencer, as well as my mom and stepdad (Jim), and to try to relax a little. I think the relaxation part may have been better than I realized when we were there, because these past two days at work I can barely keep my eyes open!
So, here you go... a Jamaica recap in pictures...
The bumper sticker on the bus that transferred us from the airport to our hotel. I loved it! There are a LOT of churches in Jamaica.
A view from our resort during the day
Our resort at night
The beach chess game we spent a lot of time playing. I must have played a dozen times, and only won three times...
Spence and I in the lobby waiting for our dinner reservation the second night there
Spencer on New Year's Eve
All of us at New Year's Eve dinner
Spence and I at dinner at the resort's Japanese-style restaurant
My mom and Jim at dinner, same restaurant
Spence looking happy...
Spence and I by the pool, with the Caribbean in the background
My mom and I by the pool, same shot
Spence and I on the beach with our resort in the background
The resort was great, the workers were really friendly, and it was nice to spend some time away. But I still missed Isaac a ton. Seeing other families there with toddlers running around, and with babies a few months old in their strollers was hard... those are things I would have loved to have done with Isaac, but won't have the chance too. It's all just very bittersweet I guess... a definite blessing that we were able to get away, but still another reminder that we could go away because Isaac isn't here. There's just been this tug-of-war on my heart lately... time and circumstances seeming to pull me forward, and then me not necessarily wanting to because it somehow feels further away from Isaac. God has been gracious, though, that He has allowed those moments of peace and the ability to look a little further down the road and begin, even if just a little, to hope again.