The Climb

Mount Carleton

Mount Carleton

The Summit

The Summit

I wanted to share with you some pictures that I took a few years ago. My husband, myself and a group of friends and family went camping for the weekend. At least once per year in my childhood we would go camping in Baxter State Park. This particular weekend we camped at Mount Carleton. One picture is part way up the trail to the summit.

I compare this climb to life. At times it feels never ending. It is a hard, tough, exhausting climb. Each and every step is a thought, a decision, a bump in the road. I know that eventually I will clear the tree line and will see the beauty around me. It will all be worth the sacrifice. At times it just feels hard to imagine that it will come.

I have included a picture at the summit. This is the view that I wish for myself, my family and all of you. I have to remind myself each day that I know what the view will be when I climb higher through infertility, grief, pain and loss. This view is the view I remember when I heard my son’s first cry and held his hand for the first time. This view is one I remember when I said “I do” on my wedding day. This view will be the one I will see when I hold my second child on the day they are born.

This view equals hope.

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2 responses

  1. Such a beautiful place and a beautiful, courageous post by a loving, devoted mother. Thank you for sharing Carter’s story and your love for him. I hope one day you can teach your second child what it means to you to make that Climb and what a fighter his/her older brother Carter was.

    February 9, 2014 at 3:17 am

    • Jo

      Thank you. Your kind words mean so very much.

      February 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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