Our trip to Uruguay starts back in the summer when my mom mentioned it. I looked at tickets and said, “Not gonna happen!” Around the end of September, I couldn’t really stop thinking about it, and I felt like God was prompting me to check again. The tickets weren’t a whole lot cheaper, but both Travis and I felt like we needed to be there for Christmas. My sister and her husband work there, and I wanted to see where they lived and worked. Plus, I love being with my family more than anything in the world, and on top of the my Grandma (Lewis’ great grandma) was going to be there. So we bought the tickets, and IT WAS AMAZING!
First, we got to have a day layover in Madrid, which is my favorite city in the world. Lewis got to jump in some leaves, I got churros from my favorite place, and Travis got to experience our happiness. Haha. Then, every flight Lewis got a seat even though he was a lap infant. And finally, I was hugging my sister and tearing up at the airport.
The whole trip was a delight. The food (chivitos, asado, milanesa, dulce de luche, pan dulce, media lunas) was so good. We took a beach trip and the AirBnb was perfect and the weather was great and the beach was fun and…you get the picture. The sisters and grandmas went out for coffee and had a good conversation. Christmas presents being opened. More food. Another beach day. In the park. Seeing college friends. Getting to know where my sister lives: their grocery store, their school, their church, their home! My heart is so full from all of it.
The best part of all though was getting to see Lewis with his family: running around with Adrian, laughing at Emi and Lucia, reading with Bisa, yelling at Grandpa, going to park with Grandma, singing with Uncle Mark, going in the water with Aunt Kassi, letting Aunt Kora hold him (it’s rare for him!)…
Oh man! Just thinking about it….it was a gift from God!
And saying goodbye was horrible, and I’m processing what it means to be the mom of a TCK and me having grown up a TCK and knowing what that means from being an aunt and a cousin long distance. But joy joy joy in a trip of a lifetime!