Every fall Norm participates in a yearly convention, a networking event for professionals within his industry. Sometimes they go cool places like Quebec or Kawaii. Last year was virtual, but this year they were excited to meet in Maui. We bought a plane ticket for me to tag along too. A few weeks ago we were really disappointed to learned the convention was not happening in Hawaii, but doing it all virtually instead.
We cancelled our flight reservations. I'd known in the back of my head that we might not go, but I needed a break from the routine, from the crazy fall schedule, and from my kids. Rather, I needed a break from my job as a parent. I love my kids, but I love them even more after I've been gone for a few days. ;) And Norm and I needed a chance to go on a date and hang out together. I highly recommend Marriage Maintenance for every couple in every season. That said, it's incredibly tricky for us to get time away together in our current scenario.
I'd known that if I started drooling over the ocean and the sand and thoughts of walking along the beach, it would be super disappointing if the trip got cancelled. So I hadn't even started dreaming about the beach. But I had been looking at photos of Hawaiian flowers. Well, the day came when we cancelled our tickets, so I put the island flower book on the shelf.
Yesterday I went to the Dallas Arboretum. Notice the hibiscus in the previous photo.
(This side note is for my Utah people. They charge you $15 for parking! %&#$% Count your blessings whenever there's Free Parking. At Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, you don't have to drive into the city center, either. I'd already known they'd zing me for parking, and it was totally worth the $8 in toll roads on the way there and back. But by the time I paid admission and transportation, I was already at $40. smh=shaking my head. It's only money.)
Monday was a school holiday, Tuesday I did a bunch of chores and errands lickety split, so that Wednesday I could carve out four hours to be alone and curious and free. It was glorious. Instead of being bummed about the trip I missed, I went to see flowers right here in north Texas.
Losing a trip to Hawaii isn't a super huge loss, but it mattered to me. Losing the chance to discover flowers in a rain forest was replaced with an opportunity to discover flowers before a rain storm.
These tiny white ones smelled so good. I wish I could share that smell across a screen.
"You are here on earth for a divine purpose. It is not to be endlessly entertained or to be constantly in full pursuit of pleasure. You are here to be tried, to prove yourself so that you can receive the additional blessings God has for you. The tempering effect of patience is required. Some blessings will be delivered here in this life; others will come beyond the veil. The Lord is intent on your personal growth and development. That progress is accelerated when you willingly allow Him to lead you through every growth experience you encounter, whether initially it be to your individual liking or not."
He continues, "When you trust in the Lord, when you are willing to let your heart and your mind be centered in His will, when you ask to be led by the Spirit to do His will, you are assured of the greatest happiness along the way and the most fulfilling attainment from this mortal experience. If you question everything you are asked to do, or dig in your heels at every unpleasant challenge, you make it harder for the Lord to bless you."
Here's another compensatory blessing. Yes it was muggy and sticky, my hair was frizzy and my skin was glistening. But it was warm. I wore sandals and shorts and put my hair in a messy bun in October. What a glorious season! I have legs that work, and toes with purple sparkly nail polish. Also see the gigantic pumpkin? That's super cool.