Gunars and I went on a fantastic trip/cruise the first week of December to Ft. Lauderdale then to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Marteen. While we were in Ft. Lauderdale, we met the little boy who is going to be using Kyara's carseat. The father is an old friend of Gunars' from Venezuela and we had the opprotunity to meet the family while in Florida. I had mixed feelings going into this. When Gunars first mentioned it as a possibility, I jumped at the chance. Absolutely, I wanted to meet them. But as time got closer, I was beginning to get cold feet. What would it be like? Would I bawl my eyes out? Would I feel nothing? Would it make me sad to see this precious child, or happy to be able to help them in anyway we could? Well, the little boy was beautiful. As soon as they were in the house, I asked to get him out of the stroller so that I could hold him. He reminded me of Kyara in so many ways, and to be able to snuggle with him was like wrapping my arms around her again. Of course, the tears came. But I tried to stop them the best I could. It was nice to talk to the mother and give some encouragement and really, just talk to someone who understands the trials and tribulations of having a severly disabled child. The little boy was only 2, so he was still like a baby. It is a bit different as they get older. Things like moving them from bed to wheelchair, or into the shower, or in the car are things that have to be figured out as they grow.
The next day, Gunars and I took a walk on the Riverfront in Fort Lauderdale.
We then boarded our cruise ship to head off on our 7 day trip. Can you see me in the picture below? It is like a Where's Waldo. The boat was HUGE!!
The next day we awoke in St. Thomas. We went to a small Sea World type establishment and Gunars fed stingrays. We watched a show with sealions and learned about sea turtles. We then walked over to Coki Beach and Gunars snorkeled to fish watch while I rented a beach chair and people watched. We rented a taxi/bus and took a short sightseeing tour of the island then headed back to the ship for dinner.
The next morning we arrived in St. Marteen. We decided to rent a car here so that we could see the island on our own time. We arrived on the Dutch side of the island and hit every beach we could to take some pictures. I found it interesting that each beach had a different look to it. Some were sandy, some rocky, some a mixture of the two. We drove to the French side of the island, too, and ate lunch at a beautiful restraunt. Unfortunately for us, we mixed up the conversion ratio of the prices, and lunch cost more than a nice dinner out at home! What a surprise that was when we got the bill. Oh well, the food was AMAZING! We also hit the nude beach on the French side. NO - we did NOT go nude. :) But a nice gentleman put on his towel and offered to take our picture.
I would insert pictures, but for some reason I can't get the image thing to work. I will try to post more pictures later.
We spent the next two days on the ship headed back to Fort Lauderdale. By the time we got home I was more than ready to see the girls again. I missed them so much, but must say, not having to cook, clean, do laundry or any of the other things was NICE. ;)
As good of a time I had on the cruise, and it was amazing, I still had this hole in the my heart that wasn't filled. It seems nothing can fill it. That part of my heart belongs to Kyara. It will always be hers, and one day, when we are together again it will be whole again. Until then, I am trying to learn to live with a piece missing.