My family and I returned home from our vacation on Wednesday and we had a wonderful time. We were able to hear Big Ben in London and ride the London Eye, to view the Eiffel Tower and all the major sites in Paris and to tour the gorgeous Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. We came home with a lot of pictures and a lot of wonderful memories.
This trip wasn't without it's challenges. Back in January I shared in my blog that my husband had been diagnosed with ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Over the last six months there has been some progression of the disease, most notably in my husband's ability to walk. Walking short distances around the house or from a car to a building is possible with a cane, but any longer distance than that tires him out too easily. This trip required the use of a wheelchair and it was a big hurdle for all of us, both emotionally and physically.
But this post isn't about the downside of maneuvering a wheelchair on planes, trains, subways and busy streets. This post is about friendship and support. This trip could not have been possible without our friends, Paula and Jerry. They were our neighbors when we lived in California (1998-2001) and they remain best friends today. Paula and Jerry currently live in Cambridge, England and we have been looking forward to visiting them since they moved there last year. Their unselfish support the two weeks we were visiting will be the one clear memory that stands out from this trip.
So, Paula and Jerry, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship, love and support. We look forward to visiting again!
I'm looking forward to sharing a few pictures (I promise, not too many) and a few of my European finds on upcoming posts. Right now I'm still trying to get caught up on work, laundry and mail.
Have a wonderful weekend.