My personal pivotal needs are liberty and true health, so it was quite a blessing, like I stated in last weeks post, to discover what was making me so sick was a simple and controllable adjustment. The inflammation that was causing so much pain in my back was about 30% better within 48 hours. One of the first things that occurred to me as I started feeling better is that we hadn’t yet planned a little getaway before the new baby arrives. I had been in such a fog, I didn’t realize how quickly my travel window was closing in.
Fast and furious, we called on a travel agent that was referred to me by a good friend. I really wanted to get away to some sun and sandy beaches after being cooped up in the frozen Minnesota tundra for the long, gray winter, but quickly realized we had missed our window and it was going to cost us $1000/day just for airfare and lodging. Plan B was a quick visit to Castle Rock, CO, the town we had just moved from in June, visit a few good friends and head up to the mountain hot springs for a few days. Since we couldn’t get the warm, tropical air and beach, at least we could still get the Colorado sunshine with cool air and the warm soothing waters of the hot springs.
We stayed with our good friends The Varney’s three houses down from our old house on Storm Cloud Way. Sunday we visited our old church and got to reconnect with many of the special people that had played a significant role in shaping our lives during the three years we lived there. I was so overwhelmed with emotion and love. I should have known to wear waterproof mascara that day.
It was so therapeutic and peaceful to drive through the picturesque Rocky Mountains. We arrived at the hot springs spa at about 3:00 in the afternoon, got settled and made our way down to the warm pools. Oh my gosh, there is something so magical about stepping from super cool air into warm, soothing water. And when you are surrounded by snow-capped mountains, it is even better. The next morning my husband Dan brought Brandt down for breakfast. I joined them for a quick breakfast, and decided I would take a morning soak in the hot springs while they finished up. I had the warm pool to myself. It was so cold, but the sun was shining and it was so quiet. I looked up the mountain side to see a family of deer frolicking down the mountain together. In that moment, I had such a feeling of total well-being and freedom. We had an amazing time and came back rejuvenated and reconnected, ready to start this next exciting chapter as a family of four!