A Huge Surprise!

13 January 2014

Happy 2014 my dear friends. I know we are already 13 days into the New Year but this is the first time that I have actually had a chance to think about it. I have missed you all so much. I've missed blogging in this space. I've miss sharing my life. I've missed connecting with you all via comments and emails I've just missed a whole lot!

If you didn't know I stepped away from the blog so that I could prepare for a surprise trip to Florida. My mom had been complaining about how we never missed a Christmas together and how this would be the first time that ever happened. We didn't plan on being able to visit for the Holidays because my husband works a lot and we weren't sure if it would be worth it to make a three day trip. I had been a little sad on Thanksgiving so this trip was a gift to me as well. A few days after Thanksgiving my husband told me he managed to get three weeks off for the holiday and that we were going to Florida. 

So a few days before Christmas we weaseled our way into the Miami International airport. I told my husband on the flight that my Mom would feel it when I landed. He just laughed but sure enough when our flight touched down a little after noon my mom sent me a text. She had no idea that I was there but how ironic that she text me while my plane was taxiing around the runway. Our Goddaughter's father came to pick my husband and I up so that we could surprise my family. After unloading our stuff we headed over to see my Mom.

I made sure to pack keys to their house and gently put my key in the lock. I thought they were downstairs watching TV but apparently they we're cozied up in their bedroom watching a movie. Any how I don't need to narrate just watch this video. It's a little dark and short but you can see the emotion it was an awesome moment. The voice in the background is my older brother - we startled him half to death. My dog Sydni visits with them for the winter because of her asthma.


While I was away from the blog I spent time soaking up the sun in the Sunshine state. I saw my entire family and friends hence the reason for the blog hiatus, I wanted to spend every moment of the two plus weeks being present. Not just physically present but I also wanted to be mentally present. So unfortunately that meant limited emailing, blogging, and social media access. This was totally hard because I wanted to fill all of my friends in on how wonderfully the trip was going. Not to mention my sweet Santa Clause got me a new iPad that I wanted to try out. However I resisted sharing tons of photos and tweets so that I could give my attention to those people who were present with me. I even managed to give my full attention to my in laws and I was totally grateful to God for the time we spent reconnecting. 

Here are a few of the highlights from that trip.

Heading to the Airport.

Back in our Home for the Holidays


Christmas Day

Loving on our Godchildren PJ + Ellie
 
Girls Day Out


Dinner with the Inlaws

 Knaus Berry Farm, Amish Owned Organic Baked Goods & Produce

And that was all that I got pictures of.

How was your holiday? Did you spend it with the people you love?


18 comments:

  1. Looks so nice a fun! I spent my holiday with my husband, my brother and in-laws. This was my first Christmas without my parents. They are missionaries in Thailand and we decided (because of money :( ) not to travel there during Christmas.

    But Christmas was amazing still! I just love it :)

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  2. Charity!! I love the video and your moms reaction and raw emotion! It made me cry. I am so glad you were able to get home for the holiday and I can absolutely feel the love radiating from every single picture!! I love that you took a hiatus to be present with your friends and family- sometimes I wish more people would do that. I'm sure your family appreciated you being there!! Glad you are home- we need to schedule a lunch date again soon <3 xo

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  3. Oh my goodness, that video was just beautiful; what a special treat for your Mom!
    Looks like it was a wonderful trip:)

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  4. That is awesome! Such a fun surprise! Christmas jammies!! And oh my gosh those kids are cute!

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  5. Girl, this is precious! I actually cried watching that video. I am so glad you got to spend the holiday with loved ones!

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  6. Love Love Love that video!!! The girls day looks fabulous too! So glad you had such a great time! Glad to have you back :)

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  7. Oh Charity this post made my heart happy!! The video was too cute!! So happy you were able to spend that much needed time with your family!! xoxo

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  8. This is so sweet! I am so happy you got to spend the holiday with family and in the sunshine state!

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  9. Awe, what a nice surprise to your family, and what a huge blessing to have a family where you can just show up and be received like that. I teared up at your video. sniff sniff.

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  10. You two are the cutest couple ever! Looks like an awesome vacay. Love your pics.

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  11. Awww! That was intense. I'm so glad you all were able to go home and visit for the holidays. So special. :-)

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  12. oooo this was so awesome! Thats so cool you got a video. you had me smiling from ear to ear because mothers love this sort of stuff. makes them so happy. love that you did this. so sweet charity!

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  13. Looks like such a wonderful trip! I am so happy the surprise worked, I love that you video taped it!! :)

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  14. I'm so glad you were able to have such a wonderful trip!!! You were definitely missed here in the blogging world! :-)

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