A Good Vacation Gone Bad

We received some bad news during our family vacation in San Diego last week that put a damper on our fun.

It started out great when my husband picked me up from the office Wednesday night and we made great time on the road despite the rush-hour traffic.  Just out of Phoenix, we stopped for a long, relaxing dinner and our fun ended.  We weren’t half way to our Yuma hotel room when my cell began spitting out urgent texts to call my brother Eddie in Chicago.  I learned from him that our brother, Denny, was celebrating his anniversary in Vegas with his wife, Bonnie, when she had a brain aneurysm and was rushed to surgery.  The next day God answered our prayers and Bonnie survived!  My cell continued to ring throughout the trip with relatives giving us updates.  Bonnie was always close in our thoughts no matter what we did.

Our family was able to enjoy some nice meals together and go to the beach and play in the sand with Susanna! It was fun to watch Susanna on the carousal at Mission Beach as well as watch my daughter and her dad screaming on the roller coaster ride.    I can’t even begin to describe how comforting it was to be with my family during this time.  Praying for Bonnie in agreement with them was powerful.


 A special family meal together at the Cheesecake Factory.

 The last photo I took of Denny and Bonnie in Chicago last January.

To date, I have learned that Bonnie’s CAT Scan result was normal.  An angiogram showed today that Bonnie’s Vasospasm condition could lead to stroke or neurological damage, or just run its course with minimal effects.  We are praying for a miracle.  Denny is so faithful at her side and their son and daughter flew in to be with him.  Friends, I would love it if you can help me pray for Bonnie, too.

This post links to Tell Me A Story.


  1. Thank you for sharing your sad and also happy story at Tell me a Story. Praise God she survived, and God is able to heal completely.
    Our cell phones do help us keep in touch when something is going on in the family. God is so good.

  2. Oh, absolutely, I'll be praying. Pam, over at Writing...Apples of Gold http://wordglow.wordpress.com) is taking prayer requests today. She is an unbelievable prayer warrior. You may just want to connect with her.

    I'm so moved by your praying family! AWESOME!

  3. Praying with you sister Mary. But I'm also glad that you were able to spend a wonderful time with your family. What joy it must be to always be with your adorable granddaughter! God bless and take care!

  4. oh dear....I will pray for the whole family.

  5. Praising God that she lived. Hoping and praying that God will continue to work His miracle in this situation. Other than that, it looks like you had a fun vacation. Your granddaughter is a total delight!!


  6. Absolutely! I am praying for Bonnie right now, that god would heal her completely, and spread His peace all around in the process.

    Thanks for sharing this Mary. It is always such a joy to life up those that we love and hear about.

  7. Oh my, praying for Bonnie now. It's so hard to receive news like this when you are excited about a fun vacation. So glad you were able to have this time with Susanna at the beach.

    Blessings and love,

  8. Bless your dear heart. Praying for a miracle for Bonnie, love you.

  9. My heart breaks for your sister in law and brother. Why is it that those things always seem to happen when we're going on vacation?

    I'm praying for your sister in law tonight. I'm glad you had a good time with your family, we have to enjoy it while we can. That's what I'm taking from the lesson in your life. God bless my fellow Arizonian.

  10. What a rugged situation. I'm glad you were able to have some fun in spite of the burden.

    Also, I cannot believe how big Susannah is getting to be. Adorable!

  11. Of all things I love hearing are answered prayers. That was awesome sister Mary that your SIL has been responding to commands. I continue to pray for her healing & that there would be no damage from the aneurysm. God is awesome. Through difficulties He always make His presence known. God bless you all at this difficult time, may the Lord's love & grace comfort everyone. Love to you sister.

  12. Mary, I am praying for Bonnie, that her body will heal normally, and that she will enjoy many more years with her husband and family!

    Glad your vacation turned out well after all...



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