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Home Is Where The Heart Lives; My Trip Home

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If you have any close family or friends you know that home could be strung all over the world as your heart is. After my road trip back to the Midwest to see my Mom, Dad, and sister Mary I realized that I have many homes. When I see them my heart is happy and full. It was a much-needed visit as I hadn’t visited them in quite a while.

Having a family that is supportive and loving is the greatest gift a person can be given, a true sense of security. I know that should any disaster come my way that I would be fully taken care of by my family. Knowing that gives me great peace of mind and allows me to go out into the world, explore and become who I meant to be. I am so grateful for a family who accepts me and supports me.

This road trip was quite an undertaking for my 7-month pregnant body. My mind was 100% prepared and sure that my body would follow suit. I set out on the first leg of my trip to Lincoln, NE. My sister Mary is going to school and working there and just moved into a new apartment equipped with a second bedroom just for me. The trip is about 7 hours when all is said and done. I arrived around 4pm and met my cousin Jaime for tea at my favorite coffee shop while I waited for Mary to get off work. By 6pm I was with Mary and we had dinner accompanied by some good laughs and fond memories. It is always great to see Mary. She is my forever-best friend and can always make me laugh.


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The next morning I was off for the second leg of my trip to Sioux Falls, SD where my Dad lives. I was completely exhausted physically but again my mind was sure that my body would catch up. I met a dear friend for breakfast and then was on my way to South Dakota. I got to my Dads around 2pm. My body is keeping up so far. Dad and I take his new truck for a spin around town and he updates me on all the changes the city has made. Then we stop at Falls Park to see the water falls, my favorite place. It was so great seeing my old stomping grounds again. He takes me to dinner for my favorite South Dakota dish, steak chislic. We head back to his house and spend the rest of the evening watching movies and discussing conspiracy theories. I head to bed early as my body is now overpowering my mind and I need some rest. Being with my Dad is the ultimate feeling of security and safety. A girl’s father is her best protector and being near that protection is a must.


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The next morning I packed up my things and met my Dad in town for lunch before heading off to Watertown, SD where my Mom lives. I met Mom at her work and she was beyond excited to see me and my round, baby-filled belly. We spent the day catching up and talking all things baby and birth. We had dinner at a beautiful cozy restaurant Charlie’s and headed home to her newly built house. I spent a couple days here with her, going through some old boxes and memories. As a mama-to-be, my relationship with my Mom as reached a whole new level of importance and value. I have a grand, new perspective on what she has done for me and a new respect for her. It was perfect timing seeing her and being able to ask her every question I could think of in regards to babies, birth, and post-partum life. She answered every question I had and provided a new level of comfort for me about the future and my abilities to care for my little man.


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After a couple days with Mom I made my way back through Sioux Falls, and on to Lincoln to stay the night with Mary before making the big haul back to Colorado. At this point I am really getting tired, a whole new level of tired. My mind is still in “pre-pregnant” mode and so my body follows. Mary treats me to a movie and some bad choices in regards to dinner. Amigos tacos will never be the amazing treat they used to be ever again. 3am hits and I am feeling terrible, really really terrible. I can’t sleep and all I can think about is getting back home to Travis. The mountains were beckoning me. I packed up and got in my car at this ungodly hour. My belly ached like it never has before but I was determined to get home. My body had officially taken over and it was time to go home.

Seven grueling hours later I was in my cozy apartment cuddled up with Travis. I was back home again and I was relieved. Not long after being home my body shut down. I slept for about 24 hours, not even waking to eat. The next day I was refreshed and felt much better. It was so amazing seeing my family and friends and receiving all the comforts that being around family gives you, but the greatest thing this trip showed me was that I had finally created my own home. I had a home where I could rest in my perfectly comfy bed with just the right amount of pillows and blankets. I could turn over and hug my best friend and go to my fridge and eat exactly what I wanted. It feels so good to know that I can visit family and friends where my heart is but now I also live where my heart is. Home is not where the heart is but where it lives.


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Haley Anne