Following the Pennsylvania SWAN awards banquet on Wednesday night, we were invited to stay at Kalahari Resort for the next two days and make a family vacation out of the event.
As if the award recognition wasn’t enough, we felt absolutely spoiled rotten by this special gift.
Thursday and Friday were spent connecting as a family, playing as a family, laughing as a family, and enjoying a respite from life.
The kids loved the abundance of water slides available at “America’s Largest Indoor Water Park.”
Some of the slides were familiar, having ridden the sister slides at the Sandusky, Ohio Kalahari Resort,
While other were unique to this particular park.
When we weren’t off sliding, our family could be found enjoying the lazy river or the wave pool.
Braden and Tyler were particularly fond of the basketball pool with its abundance of basketball hoops and balls.
Many hours were spent in that pool bonding as biological brothers. The genetic connection is clearly evident in these two natural athletes who are more comfortable competing with a ball in hand than doing anything else.
We also enjoyed the outdoor hot tub. The combination of warm water, cool breezes, summer sun, and gorgeous views brought home that vacation feel. It was lovely to sit and soak while visiting as a family, knowing I had nothing else to do for the next 12 hours.
Our two lazy days also allowed for me to have time to sit and read a novel and allowed Toby a much deserved nap…two luxuries that have become a rare treat in our lives recently.
It was a lovely luxury to let go of a month’s worth of worries and heartache and simply be present in the gift of today.
It was a blessing to be still and simply breathe, soaking in the blessing of our mini vacation, and praising God for restarts and reconnection.
That is what this time away was for our family. Tucked away in the gorgeous greenery of the Pocono mountains, we found the peace that had been so hard to grab hold of for the last two months. Somehow stepping away from outside influences we were able to remember what this journey was all about.
It was a breakthrough experience for our child who had been pushing hard against the connection that he has fearfully been fleeing from since Mother’s Day. I’m not sure what clicked internally but amid the splashing and sunshine and celebration of adoption with hundreds of other families much like ours, he found some peace…
At least for the moment.
And that was the greatest gift of all.