Nothing about our story has been normal, and our honeymoon wasn’t any different. Originally when Jon and I first got engaged back in August, I started looking at all-inclusive stays in the Caribbean. I wanted to go somewhere hot and somewhere neither one of us has been before. We were going to go away for 10 days and it was going to be PERFECT!!!!….But of course with everything that has transpired in the past 7 months that dream honeymoon was just not an option anymore.
Jon and I had no idea when we’d be able to go on our honeymoon with chemo and my new job about to start. I was preparing myself that it would be at least another year before we would be able to take a real vacation and who knows how Jon would feel after doing chemo for a year. So yea I was getting pretty bummed that one more thing was going to be taken away from me.
Until a wonderful organization gave us an amazing opportunity!
Making Our Honeymoon Possible
Spark the Way is a nonprofit organization in Florida that Jon has gotten connected with and they have helped support us in our time of need. Their annual gala event was scheduled for the beginning of March. The girl who started this organization asked Jon for a video to introduce himself and his story to give people a glimpse at what young adults with cancer go through. One night I looked at Jon and said that would be fun to go to next year if we could, and Jon looks back at me and said, “Why not this year?”
Our honeymoon could not have been more perfect! We were able to get away for about a week and go to Tampa, Florida, which was warm for a Washington native. (Apparently not so much for Florida natives even though it was like between 70 and 75 degrees). Our honeymoon consisted of a hotel on the water, laying poolside, Universal Studios/Harry Potter, a spring training game, a fancy gala, the second highest rated beach in America and the man of my DREAMS!
Some Trip Highlights
Jon got to experience a theme park for the first time in 13 years! It was so amazing getting to see him just be a kid again and enjoy something that many of us have taken for granted! And if any of you know Jon well, he LOVES Harry Potter! Going to universal studios and experiencing the magic of the Harry Potter sets and rides was amazing!
We spontaneously were able to go see a Phillies’ spring training game. On our way to church Sunday, we drove by the Phillies’ training facility, and I love baseball, so I looked up their game schedule and it just so happened they had a game at 1pm that afternoon. It was great! After church we went to sunny, major league spring training game!
The Spark the Way gala was super fun! We got to get all dressed up, had dinner, and spent the night hearing from young adult fighters similar to Jon. The night was full of laughter and tears. They had an auction to raise money to support more cancer fighters. Jon and I were given the opportunity to get up on the stage and share our story which was a really awesome experience!
Jon and I are experiencing hard and unexpected situations, but God has been sooooo good sprinkling in times of joy and giving us opportunities to make incredible memories! We could not be more thankful! It is possible to be hopeful and joyful in times of despair and darkness! We also could not have made this trip happen if it wasn’t for our parents and the incredible people at Spark the Way! If you haven’t checked them out, YOU. NEED. TO.