A few months before school ended for the girls someone we knew passed away suddenly. We didn't know him super well but our kids had been in class together and we saw each other often at school and communicated on facebook like we all do. Following each others posts, encouraging each other and I for sure felt the love when I was going through my cancer chaos. He always talked about how much he loved his family, he heaped praise on his wife and kids. He took his kids on road trips, creating incredible memories with them and was in general an amazing dad, husband and person. Then he died, just like that. We attended his funeral and listened to story after story from those closest to him. He had actually been planning his funeral for years, it wasn't morbid, he just really wanted those closest to him to know how important they were to him.
He inspired us to take this epic road trip with the girls, to just do it and make it special. Instead of saying "Someday" we decided to seize the moment and go.
We never know how long we have with our loved ones. It could be 20 years, 40 years, or more or less so it's important to make the memories, take the trip, hug, laugh and to see sights together. I love to hear the girls say, "Remember when were were on the road trip..." I've told stories from that trip already and am working on one of those shutterfly books that the girls can fight over when they get older. I made sure to post something on social media each day of the trip, to not just document it but as more of a gratitude journal making sure that I took that moment to think about the day and be thankful. I am so very thankful and inspired still by the way Ken Jacobson lived his life. He was what we can all aspire to be to those we love. #Showthelove, #HopeMovesMountains, #Momof3, #Inspire, #Ifnotnowwhen