The vacation that could have sucked but didn’t

I had high expectations:

We’d have twilight walks by the river.

There would be blankets spread out on grassy hills under tall pines.

Our shoulders would be golden from time spent playing games in the backyard.

A couple of date-nights with my handsome husband while mom and dad watched the kids, a few uninterrupted hours in my favorite coffee shop – just me, my books, and my writing.

mom and baby vacation on the beach

When you only get to visit “home” from overseas every year-and-a-half it’s hard not to hope your time is perfect…. But let me tell you friends, it so wasn’t perfect…

Continue reading about our not-so-perfect trip to America at Grace for Moms.

p.s. Ahk! I forgot to post the Baby K’Tan winner! Sorry ladies. The lucky mama is #47 – Lindsey Whitney. (Drawn using I hope you’ll love it Lindsey! Please send me your mailing address and I’ll forward it on to Tiny Little Elefants.


About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Inger
    5 August 2012 at 5:36 am

    Adriel, I found your blog through an intragram post and after reading back a few pages I find your words hit home, big time! I have two girls, aged three and one, and your words about being a mum, challenges you face and many other things put a I-know-that-feeling smile on my face as I read. And I just had to tell you I know exactly how you feel about your holiday. We live in Norway and went home to Australia for a visit in January (my partner is Australian) and on our first morning I got sick. Then the girls got sick and had to go to the emergency room, then my partner got sick. We were there for three and a half weeks and were sick for about nine days. What a bummer. Our holiday was then pretty much how you described your after you got well – dashing from one meeting to another, and running some errands in between. We still had a lovely time though, but will probably put in a few extra days next time to allow for unexpected events like illness. I’m sorry I’m getting a bit carried away here, but it was just too funny to read about someone with a similar holiday experience to us. I’ll be checking in on your blog again. 🙂
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