Saturday. I am sitting here this morning with my coffee cup and a lot of tears. One of Justin’s good friends just posted a picture on Facebook of him sleeping. I LOVE that these great pictures keep popping up… yet as you can imagine… there is sorrow mixed in. My loss at times is so overwhelming. All consuming.
Last Friday, my friend Amy and I took a little break from it all and hopped a plane to Arizona. While it may have appeared to be impromptu, it definitely was planned around a significant event. The dates we were gone, October 30th – November 3rd, were the exact dates that Justin and I would have been on our annual trip to Florida. HUGE significance. Incredibly HARD to do… yet glad I did.
For today’s Saturday Snapshot, I want to give you a little peek into our trip. Fill your COFFEE cup. Sit back. Enjoy.
We did a little hiking on the Camelback Mountain which was close to where we were staying. When we went we thought it would be a nice walk with a great view… uhhhh yeah. In case you can not see that sign in the middle of the above collage it says:
Of course… this did not stop us. As you can see above in the bottom right picture… I am climbing behind Amy… I told her I looked like Gollum climbing through the hills in the Hobbit movies. 😉 We went about 3/4 of the way up. It was STEEP for sure and we both would have liked to finish the climb but the sun was HOT and we had hoped to go to the Botanical Gardens and would not be able to do both… so down we went. Hopefully we will have another attempt at this one.
Then we had an opportunity to hang out with a friend, Tami, who used to live here in Minnesota and moved to Arizona. Tami picked us up in Mesa and drove us in her cute car up the Superstition Mountain to a restaurant for lunch. The walls were covered with dollar bills which is significant for me as this is a tradition Justin and I had on our trip to put a dollar up in a little Irish pub called O Shucks. I cried when I seen the walls covered with bills. We each wrote on a dollar bill and added it to the wall. This was amazing.
So what is up with the hashtags?
I am so glad you asked! Our first year that Justin and I went to Florida, we found this little Irish Pub (as mentioned) called O Shucks. We loved putting a dollar up on the wall and we each did so every year we went, 3 years, and hash tagged the dollars…. #Oshucks1, #oshucks2, #oshucks3… this year would have been #oshucks4. I will be sending a dollar to O Shucks in Orlando Florida asking them to hang the dollar for us this year and to please email me a picture of it. I would love to keep up the tradition. ♥
#Benches came out of this year. Amy and I both took a hard loss, me with Justin, and she recently lost her dad. I have a bench in Justin’s memory at the Brainerd Library, and her dad will have one at a local park that he had a garden in. We talked about the benches in honor and memory of our loss and in a way we were benches for each other… supporting one another and honoring the memories. Thus…. #benches came to be and we hope that we too will be able to add numbers to it…. #benches2, etc…
I really think Justin would love that and I know he would be cheering me on… “Go Mom! You got this!” Thank God for Justin’s voice in my head…. Justin and I talked so much about everything I know what he would be saying now as I try to navigate my way through this new world. This journey is much like Camelback mountain. It is extremely difficult. It does have loose dirt and rocks and for sure uneven surfaces. At times, it feels impossible..
but I believe I can do it.
Stop by Saturday Snapshot and see what others around the world have been taking pictures of. Soon I will post the food of Arizona because… oh yes, we had some delicious experiences.