Maui 2014

We are home sweet home.  Maui was beautiful as ever.  The trip was very hard as you can imagine, but we felt very blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful family.

Live will never be the same without you papa

Life will never be the same without you papa

Koa did great on the airplane and settled right into Maui mode.  Having him on the island was so special.  We felt Wylder everywhere we went.  There was so much bitter sweetness in this trip, it would be impossible for me to explain in words.

Koa's first swim

Koa’s first swim

Steven and Wylder

Steven and Wylder

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Wylder and me

Wylder and me

Koa and me

Koa and me

Wylder Sunset

Wylder Sunset

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At the grill with Wylder

At the grill with Wylder

At the Grill with KOa

At the Grill with KOa

melt my heart

melt my heart

Melt my heart again

Melt my heart again

My snuggle love Wylder

My snuggle love Wylder

My never sit still loa Love

My never sit still Koa Love

Cabana time with Wylder

Cabana time with Wylder

Cabana time with loa

Cabana time with loa

Oh how we love you Wylder

Oh how we love you Wylder

Oh how we love you Koa

Oh how we love you Koa

Nothing like dancing to Ernest

Nothing like dancing to Ernest

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momma's boy

momma’s boy

Daddy's boy (Koa)

Daddy’s boy (Koa)

Laffoon cousins also got to meet one another.  Baby snuggles and giggles overload.  What a blessing these little ones are to bring some joy through sorrow.

Be still my heart.  Koa and Kayla meet!!

Be still my heart. Koa and Kayla meet!!

Wylder's oldest cousin Madi

Wylder’s oldest cousin Madi

On our last morning on the island Steven and took a Canoe out towards Wylder.  We had some time for reflection and laid our sweet puppy dog Maddie to rest at sea with Wylder (and Papa).  It was the first time she ever went to the beach.  We should have taken her earlier, she would have loved it.  Two sea turtles then came swimming by as we tried to follow them in the canoe.  The ocean was crystal blue and the water was warm.  We have so much Aloha for that sea.

We miss you Maddie

We miss you Maddie

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It is nice to be home, hard to leave, but nice to be back.  We are in full fledge preparation mode for the upcoming event now.  Just a few weeks away from 1st Annual Living Like a Warrior Event.  HUGE thank you to those who have purchased tickets and we are looking forward to seeing you all at the event.   Tickets are still available for $125 each (this includes happy hour, dinner, live entertainment and a night filled with HOPE).  Hope to see you there!

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9a3xv8ve32562a6&llr=tultrpqab

We miss you Wylder.  We felt you in the salt water air of Maui, in Ernest’s music and every sunset.  Your brother learns more about you every day.  We wish you were here.  I will never understand pain and loss Wylder, please wrap your love around those we love that need you most.  Until we see you again Littles.  Love you and will see you in our dreams.

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Uncle puppy at sunset

Comments

  1. Cathy Johnson says:

    Glad you are all safely at home again. What a bounty of emotions and love on this trip, Shannon. My heart shares your sorrow at such difficult goodbyes and your happiness at making new memories with your beautiful family and for having the time to have such closeness with Wylder. I am so excited about the Gala. Purchasing my ticket this weekend! Can’t wait to finally meet you and Steven and have an even closer connection to Wydler Nation! xoxoxo

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      I cannot believe we are actually going to meet you Cathy! We are sooo excited. Eileen and Chelsea will be there too. Sarah really wanted to come, but is bit too far along in her pregnancy to travel. Thank you so much for your support. See you in July! xoxo

  2. wow, what an intense and beautiful trip. I am so sorry for all the love loses-grandpa, Maddie and of course precious Wylder, I am glad they are floating in the beautiful Maui waters together. Even though Peyton thinks Wylder floats in the sky, I think because of all the balloons associated with him and the book Little Wish:) I love the picture of you and baby dancing. and all the the combo pictures of the beautiful brothers-so special. Maybe you can make Koa a little book of all his combo-bro pictures:) xoxox

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Peyton is so sweet. I think he’s in the sky too. It was such a hard trip and I desperately want to go to Maui again soon, just for a family trip, not heartache. We are forever tied to that island in such a bitter sweet way. xoxo

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