A while back I made plans for my mom to come and visit. She usually makes it out for a visit every fall and I always look forward to it. But plans rarely go off without a hitch, right?!

My dad had open heart surgery a couple weeks ago and my mom was on the fence as to whether she would be able to come visit. I went into problem solving mode and booked my dad a ticket to join her. I was fully aware of the possibility of them canceling if he wasn’t feeling up to it or if he didn’t get doctor clearance.

But everything was looking so good. I’ve been working the last week to get the house in order, clean out our guest room (the dumping room) and even went grocery shopping yesterday. I talked with my mom every day to make arrangements and to make sure everything was good with my dad. Every time she asked the same question – is everyone healthy? Yep – not even a little cold.

They were supposed to leave their house at 9:30 this morning and head to the airport.

This morning at 6am Cannon came downstairs and threw up. When he came into our room crying I knew that was probably the end of my parents hopes of visiting. By 7am I was on the phone with my mom telling her the awful news and shortly after we were cancelling their tickets.

I was so bummed. I love when my parents come for a visit. My dad was going to lay low and do a lot of walking in our beautiful weather and my mom and I had a list of things we wanted to do together. We had kid’s games we were going to attend…it was going to be a great week to see a lot of the kids activities and spend time with us in our natural environment (as crazy and chaotic it may be at times).

Even as I write this, I’m still bummed about the whole thing. There was no way we could chance my dad getting a stomach bug – but seriously?? Cannon throws up three hours before they need to leave for the airport? What are the chances?

Clearly they were not meant to be here and Cannon throwing up was the one thing that would ensure they wouldn’t come. That’s the only thing that makes me feel better about the whole situation. It was out of our control and it played out just as it needed to play out. It’s just a hard pill to swallow.

And yes, I was online today trying to figure out when I could rebook them!