We just returned home from another wonderful weekend at home in Florida. This trip was much different from our last visit a few weeks ago. A huge blessing, Dad has had a burst of improvement, which I’ve been told is not uncommon for cancer patients once the chemo leaves their body. As a result he was able to spend more time in his wheelchair and less time laying down resting. In fact, he is sitting on the couch now, sleeping in bed with mom and is no longer attached to any medical equipment (which made getting him out and about so much easier). He also looks more like himself and has gained some strength in his arms and legs. Although we know this burst is temporary, we are all just so blessed by these tiny miracles that have allowed Dad to be more comfortable and present!

After a very long drive, we arrived home Wednesday evening to Ian’s 30th birthday dinner. Mom always makes a delicious crab dinner for birthdays and Ian was sweet to request that she wait to make his until we got home a few days later.

On Thursday we took dad to New Smyrna Beach. The first time
we took him to the beach a few weeks ago Hospice threatened to release
him from their care. However, I think we’ve broken enough rules now that
they have let the beach trips slide under the radar — hallelujah.

The kids couldn’t have had more fun. The trip to the beach was an absolute blast.

When we arrived home from the beach my girlfriend Mel surprised my family by sending dinner to our house. It was such a nice treat to have more time together and less time cooking and cleaning!

Friday we spent most of the day in the pool until the kids were completely waterlogged.

That night Mom invited family and friends over for a large spaghetti dinner — her specialty. My bestie Shannon never misses a spaghetti dinner and stayed late catching up with me over lots of wine and ice cream cake.

Saturday we spent more time by the pool, watched a marathon of Disney movies & football (sad, sad game for the Gators), and of course, we had steak for dinner.


On Sunday we said our tough goodbyes and made our long drive back to Charlotte. I already can’t wait to return…




  1. Bekah Walsh
    September 5, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    It's so great that you're able to enjoy this time with him!

  2. Simply LKJ
    September 5, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Glad you were able to have a wonderful weekend together. And yes, your sweet dad looked more like himself.

  3. Jo
    September 5, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    This looks like a wonderful visit- so, so glad you got this in for a dose of fabulous sweet memories with your fam. xo

  4. Emily Steiner
    September 5, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    What a wonderful long weekend with your family! Such a blessing your Dad is feeling a bit better… you can see it in the pictures! xx

  5. Elizabeth Ann Richardson
    September 5, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Christina,We walked a similar cancer journey with my dad. Every time I read an update I say a prayer of strength for you and your family. Enjoy this precious time to the fullest.

  6. The Lucky Lifestyle
    September 5, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    So glad for the burst of energy/improvement. <3 Thinking of you and sending love!

  7. Jenn
    September 5, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Glad that you had an amazing visit! Great pictures <3

  8. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    September 5, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    So so happy your dad was feeling better. Such priceless memories and pictures! Always thinking about you guys <3

  9. Laura Darling
    September 6, 2017 / 1:45 am

    I was so happy to see those pictures on instagram this weekend of your dad at the beach! Glad you got to make more memories! 🙂

  10. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    September 6, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I love reading about your Florida weekends my friend – I hope everyone will be safe in the expected hurricane x

  11. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    September 6, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    So glad to hear that your dad was feeling better and you guys got to go to the beach and just be surrounded by family.

  12. Elizabeth
    September 7, 2017 / 12:48 am

    So glad you are able to spend these moments with your dad! I hope they stay safe during the hurricane!

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