Friday, August 19, 2011

Out of the mouths of babes...

We are back from our final vacation this summer! We spent a few days down in Galveston as a family, and hit the beach, hotel pool, Rainforest Cafe, Schlitterbahn, and newly remodeled Moody Gardens. it was a great trip! Paul and I agreed as the boys are getting older the level of stress goes way down with less worrying about getting separated/having trouble in the water etc so it was much more relaxed. I was so proud of Jonathan who the few times William got excited and took off, Jonathan was the first to notice and was very protective of him. I have zero photos because I didn't want to ruin my phone but I think Paul got a few.

One thing I want to quickly share was a particularly sweet moment with William: it was our first visit to Schlitterbahn (even though we have one less than an hour from us) so we were pretty unfamiliar with the layout and it was of course crowded. One of our favorite attractions was Torrent River, like a lazy river at other water parks, but with huge surges of water and high walls which produced very choppy conditions in some parts and crashing waves in others. It was almost impossible to stay together as just as you would almost catch up a wall of water would roll by pushing them out even further than before and lots of tubers coming in between. There were also several exit points that would lead to other rivers or wave pools, and early on, Jonathan got swept into one and even swimming his hardest the current was too strong to get back out to where we were. The bottom was too slick to get our footing and remain in one place with the water pushing against us and William and I kept floating away from him, while my husband went in to get him. We kept trying to swim back and straining for a glimpse of them but eventually got pushed around a corner and they were both out of sight. While I knew Paul would stay Jonathan and Jonathan would be okay swimming on his own, my mind flooded with questions wanting to minimize how long we are all apart: Should we get out at the next exit? Should we float all the way around and hope to meet up with them? Should we stop at the next beach and see if they float by? Should we go back to our cooler and wait for them to show up? Will Paul be mad if they are already waiting for us there for a long time? Will I be mad if we are waiting there a long time?? (All these questions occurred pretty much simultaneously)

William put his hand over mine and said, "Mom, we need to do four things: first, pray to God. Second, stay calm. Third, try our best to find them. Fourth, call Daddy and tell him where we are." * Well! I was so proud of my wise little 6 year old, and told him so (also very humbled I didn't think of these things first and allowed myself to get even a little bit anxious). How comforting to know that he's already figured out what he needs to do and in the right order when facing problems! And so we did just that, and of course, it all worked out, good day!

Thanks for letting me share! Card coming up!

*Neither of us brought our cell phones that day, but yes, eventually we could have called Daddy!

9 comments:

Tina Gilliland said...

Total sweetness! Just wait... when they are even older still.. it is sooooooo much more relaxing and fun to go to places like that. Emily being 9 this year was even pretty darn ok at Oceans of Fun this summer. LOVE these family times and knowing EVERYONE can relax (yes, even mom and dad now). *smile*

Rhonda said...

Awesome story about your family vacation and little William! He's definitely got the order right (and thanks to you for being a good parent teaching him the right order!) in praying to God first! He will know to do this throughout his life, especially when you are not physically with him. Thanks for this inspiring story!

Mary Friederichsen said...

What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing. Your Boys are our future,and it is nice to know that they will allow the Lord to be first in their lives. They give me hope for the future! Especially William,what a smart and mature 6 year old!
I hope more parents will raise their children as you and Paul have done!
Blessings to you all accompanied by Hugs!

Mary

the PaperTemptress said...

Wow, what an amazing and smart little engineer you have! The children of today are soooo smart, I am not the least bit worried about our country's future since our future is our children and they are really impressing me!
Patricia
the PaperTemptress

Patti J said...

Got a lump in my throat, mom! What fine young men you are raising! Hugs and blessings!

Donna said...

wow, I am so impressed with his three C's - calm cool & collected! I'm glad you had fun and everything worked out!

Scrapacat said...

I love this story. William is awesome! Out of the mouth of babes...

Kary said...

What a sweet story! It's amazing how little ones have great wisdom of their own & faith too. Thanks for sharing this :)

Lagene said...

Thanks for sharing! Your sweet young son is light year ahead of many older folks! God bless you all!