Halloween Weekend in Florida

We returned home yesterday after a wonderful 5 days down in Florida. This was probably one of the best trips yet because dad is doing SO well. He is able to get around a lot more, is in zero pain and even looks more like himself! And while we were there dad hit a pretty miraculous milestone — he has officially beat the “timeline” that his oncology doctor prepared us for when they released him to hospice care. We were told we had up to 3 months with him but we are now going on 4 months and are thankful for EVERY SINGLE DAY that the Lord blesses us with. So to every reader who has prayed for us and for dad, THANK YOU. Seriously, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Saturday morning I flew down to Orlando with the kiddos.

They were rock stars on the plane for 93% of the time. There were two epic battles over who got the window seat for take-off and landing, but other than that, they ate snacks and Caroline glued herself to the iPad while Thomas crawled all over our row, tore apart our carry-on bag and made friends with everyone.

On our way home from the airport we rode through the Peacock neighborhood. The kids love the peacock neighborhood. There are literally hundreds of wild peacocks that roam the streets and aren’t afraid of people!

Sunday we went to church!

Afterwards we went out for brunch and picked up pumpkins for carving.

On Monday morning I snuck dad out of the house for breakfast. It was so nice to escape the chaos and just spend some quiet time together over hot coffee. Throughout breakfast I asked him ALL the questions from his favorite decade, car and dog to his best advice, favorite memories and more. This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip home and I am thankful dad is feeling good enough to get out of the house with minimal assistance now.

Monday afternoon Matt flew in — hallelujah! Later that day Matt and Ryan competed in a pumpkin carving competition. Ryan clearly came more prepared with multiple stencils while Matt carved his pumpkin by freehand but did have the advantage of a power tool. Uncle Nick refereed the competition. 

Thomas came down with a nasty cold and was taking it easy inside. However, Caroline and Jackson had a blast scooping out the guts.

 And the winner is…the werewolf by Ryan.

Tuesday was Halloween!!!

Thomas dressed as Bob the Builder and Caroline dressed as Doc McStuffins.

I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this but my dad’s lifelong career was in building construction. He specialized in multi-family housing (large apartment complexes) and managed some pretty amazing projects. He also designed and built the home my parents live in (that we also grew up in). Anyway, he pulled his hard hat and vest out to join Thomas as a builder for Halloween which was pretty awesome.

Uncle Ian went as Thomas, Caroline and Jackson’s wagon driver for Halloween.

Halloween 2016 | 2015 | 2014




  1. Amanda Bullard
    November 3, 2017 / 10:31 am

    What a fabulous blessing! I will pray that your father will continue to do well. Look at those babies – so sweet! xo

  2. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    November 3, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I am so so thankful your dad is feeling well! I know you guys are cherishing every second and I know he LOVED being with you all on Halloween!

  3. Hanging with the Hirsts
    November 3, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    WOW! God is so good!! That is such a miracle your dad is doing better and able to get around – what a special trip home 🙂

  4. Katie
    November 3, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    AWESOME blog post!!! This makes my heart so happy to read that your Dad is in such good spirits and doing so well. His face really lights up when he is with those babies!Speaking of babies that picture of Caroline & Thomas ready for church is too perfect!! The hand holding, the outfits, her face!!! 🙂 That's pretty good freehand pumpkin carving there, Matt!

  5. Annie
    November 3, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Teary reading this about being with your Dad and how well he's doing right now! Just SO happy for you all to have these memories and times together!

  6. sara [at] journey of doing
    November 4, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    So glad to hear this great news about your dad and see all the fun pictures!! I hold you all in my thoughts and prayers daily. <3

  7. Heather Robinson
    November 4, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    They gave my precious granddad 6 months and he lived 9 years. Stay on the side of hope.

  8. rox
    November 5, 2017 / 1:15 am

    Love everything about this. So happy for those wonderful memories you made!

  9. Brandi
    November 6, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    What a perfect Halloween!! So glad to hear that your dad is still doing well and you are enjoying every precious moment with him that you can!!!

  10. Traci
    November 6, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I'm so happy to read how well your dad is doing. Not only that he's beat the timeline but that he feels good!! I'm still praying for your family.

  11. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    November 10, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    LOVED reading this and seeing your Dad so well x

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