Vacation cancelled.


We have been planning our family Summer vacation since the beginning of the year. Every year we try to do a “big” week long summer family vacation and it’s something we all look forward to for months and months. If you know me, you know our family loooooves to travel and do fun things together. We love to do our annual pass Disney weekends or little jaunts here and there to create memories and experiences together. I love, love, love planning little trips! Like, I seriously live for it. My husband calls me Cindy, the social cruise director of our family. ha. You also may (or may not) know that the last three weeks have been a pretty crazy and challenging time in our house. Two calls to 911, a week long hospital stay for Momma Jane, two sick children and a husband who passed out and got a broken nose and stitches in his nose and lip. To say we needed this upcoming break is an understatement!

All of that being said, unfortunately, my mom woke up with a pretty bad cold and cough yesterday and after speaking with her Doctors today, they advised her against taking this seven day Caribbean cruise. She of course encouraged us to go anyway because she is awesome like that, but my husband and I spoke about it and less than 30 seconds later we decided there was no way we could go without our Momma Jane. I knew it would make her sad to tell her of our decision because I knew she would feel guilty and that is NOT what we wanted at all. But honesty is the #1 rule in our house. And truthfully, we have taken plenty of trips without her but those trips are where she chooses not to go. She was really looking forward to this trip…this cruise. I mean, hello…she has been using self tanner all week. 🙂 But we made our family decision and it just doesn’t feel right so our vacation next week is cancelled.

Thankfully though, many months ago Carnival Cruise and I began a neat little relationship. This is how we, as writers make part of our living. We partner with brands that make sense for our familycarnival and make sense for me to talk about here on my blog. It’s much like those “celebrity endorsements” you see celebrities doing on television etc. In fact, we also had partnerships like this when I had my radio show. Radio personalities do this all of the time. It’s how we supplemented our income at the radio station. It’s such a great way to have relationships with brands and companies to be able to pass along information, product and deals to you, my online family.

So the happy ending to this story, besides my Momma Jane hopefully feeling better soon, is when I explained to Carnival what was happening with our family, they more than understood and offered to hopefully reschedule us at some point this year. Yay! Not only did they understand, they made sure to send well wishes for my mom and for us not to worry our little heads one single bit. It seemed like my mom’s well-being was more important to them than a cruise. Way to go Carnival!

Family is always more important than anything! And I know our family is so Blessed to get to do and have done some pretty amazing things together. For my husband and me, it’s like an all or none situation. Doesn’t make sense if we can’t all share in the life experience right?! And sure, my mom is disappointed. I’m disappointed. My husband is disappointed. The girls are disappointed. It’s like a big ol’ disappointment party up in our house that we aren’t going to the beach next week, BUT we are alive AND together and there is nothing disappointing about that.

Tonight, I will be counting my blessings instead of sheep! (That’s a throwback to one of my favorite songs from the musical White Christmas)

XO Surviving Mommy

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  • Tami says:

    Very sound decision. I think you all will enjoy the vacation more when you ALL are feeling better!

  • kathy seamen says:

    Your whole family has been through a LOT lately! Maybe not the best time to be on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Later is better. Wise decision.

  • Stacy says:

    Oh-bummer!! I’m sorry your mom is sick, but how cool that you can reschedule!

  • Carla Ott says:

    I know that had to be a tough decision but I think you made the right one. You would have been worried about your sweet mama the whole time and would not have enjoyed it fully!!! Hope she feels better and just look forward to your future cruise!

  • Stacy M. says:

    Would’ve done the same thing! I am so sorry, but how amazing of Carnival!

  • Sabrina says:

    Our family just cancelled an Alaskan cruise because my husband fell off a ladder & broke both feet. I understand. I’m still struggling with departure dates coming soon…but at least my hubby is alive & will recover & we’ll cruise another day.

  • Andrea Skates says:

    Hope all is on the mend! Oh and BTW my mornings are complete again hearing you on 94.9 The Bull!

  • Janet says:

    I’m so sorry for all!!! But you went with your heart and that is what your family sees. Good job and hope Mama Jane is better.

  • Modean Ryan says:

    What an amazing family! God Bless!
    -Modean Ryan

  • Mary Nelson says:

    So sorry to hear about all of this. I’m having a few health issues myself this summer. We already have our Carnival cruise booked for November 25, 2016 on Carnival Magic if you all would like to join us. We looove Carnival! Prayers to you all!

  • Michele says:

    It was obviously meant to be that way and to have the relationship you do with Carnival is awesome! I’m glad you decided to wait until your mom could go. My mom has Parkinson’s and every day with her is a blessing. We take it one day at a time. You never know when God will call you home so enjoy your family, especially your momma. God Bless!

  • Kristen says:

    I love you…and we discussed earlier that you are making the right decision. So I’ll keep that convo between us. But can I just say that as a person who has been contemplating her first cruise, you have just solidified that I will cruise with NO ONE other than Carnival. Period. End of story. #cruisegoals #feelbettermommajane

  • Des says:

    Oh, I know how it kills you to not go, but we all know it would be horrible to have something happen while you were all on the cruise. She will recover and you will go when you can truly enjoy each other. 🌅🏖💝

  • Candi says:

    I have just recently started reading your blog. I used to listen to you every morning on Star 94 and the last couple weeks on 94.9 The Bull. Your decisions to always put your family first encourage me to be a better mom and wife. My husband and I together have a blended family and it’s hhhaaarrddddd!!! There are so many times that I want to give up. However lately reading your posts let me know that it is ok to be perfectly imperfect and give me tons of encouragement. With that said….thank you!

  • Noel McCullough says:

    Thanks for reminding me of what is most important – family!
    We send our prayers and love to Momma Jane!!

  • Valerie Carter Lord says:

    We just did the eastern Caribbean a week ago with Carnival! They are the absolute best! I’m so sorry y’all have been having such calamities lately, but ya know…in Gods time girl! Everything has a time. Just realize it’s not meant to be and something better is in store for you! God Bless you and yours! Hugs and love!

  • Stacey Seger says:

    Very cool of Carnival to reschedule. Feel better soon Momma Jane. The family that plays together, stays together 😃

  • Josie Long says:

    Praying for your sweet, loving, and Beautiful Mama Jane!
    However, and unfortunately it is always a bummer when you have to cancel plans, because of some other unexpected things that come up.. (that’s happened to me my mom and I before).
    I’m so happy that Carnival understood the situation that was going on, and that they are very gracious to you and your family (yay there are still very kind people in this world)!
    Once again, praying for your sweet, LøVing, and Beautiful Mama Jane! ☝🙏💘
    Love you, Cindy, Eric, Lilly, Luna, and Mama Jane! #LøVë 😘 💗

  • Eliza says:

    I know it’s such a bummer to cancel a trip and things are so hard right now for you and your fam! Loving you and sending prayers and love your way!!

  • Olivine Eyes says:

    You’ll have a better vacation later. Technology might change on the cruise by the time you get on that cruise. Time marches on, looks at the little positives.

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