On Mother’s Day it’s only natural to reflect on the women in our lives that make traveling better for families like mine.
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Travel Reflections With My Wife, and Mother
My first proper date with my (then girlfriend) wife was to get her passport photos taken. It sounds unromantic but in retrospect, it set the tone for our relationship. As soon as our daughter’s birth certificate arrived, we got a passport for my daughter and at just eight weeks old, we were a family traveling internationally together. And not to leave out my mother-in-law who joined us on that first trip where we had no idea what to expect. My daughter reached 24 countries within her first 48 months on Earth and my wife was instrumental in our success.
On our first long-haul flight with Lucy, we faced a daunting 16-hour flight from Dallas to Hong Kong with a sick toddler. While I was oblivious to much of the struggle she encountered, my wife took care of our daughter on an exhausting journey.
She researches the products that make our child safer, she looks into whether it makes more sense to take our car seat, rent, or buy a temporary one. She is the one who found the stroller that made our travel lives easier.
My wife, despite our millions of flown miles, is actually a rather nervous flyer but remains the rock our daughter has needed and gets on the plane every time though it’s an anxious situation for her. That even extended to a helicopter tour which was terrifying for her but my daughter and I loved it.
My mother has been no slouch either. She goes on theme park trips and rides the rides even though she doesn’t like them. She visited Southeast Asia with us even when it was far out of her comfort zone. She filled out hundreds of sweepstakes forms and won us a trip to Hawaii, then planned additional events around it to make sure we were getting the most of the experience.
Mothers That Make Travel Possible
Many of our readers are traveling professionals as Matthew and I have been. Only during the pandemic did I realize just what my wife went through to make travel possible for me. Running the house, ensuring our daughter made it to her commitments, and dealing with the loneliness that comes with being at home while I am away at work is not a light task.
Matthew is away traveling right now, and his wife is dutifully taking care of their children so that he can work away from home. I know he appreciates it more than he will ever publicize here, and I find myself in the same position. Appreciative, grateful, and in awe of what these amazing women do.
Your words honoring your wife shows how much you value her as well as the joy of a true team effort that makes families successful.
I am still using the yellow leather passport holder she recommended and it is better sweet that our son will soon be keeping track of his own passport in the near future.
Kyle, you are a lucky guy, your family sounds terrific and lovely.
Thank you for your contributions to Matthew’s blog. You speak of Matthew well and having met him (and listened to his presentations) several times, your kind and gracious comments about him make great sense.
I certainly don’t always agree with you (or Matthew) but I always read your comments and blog entries and they’re always well thought out and well presented. And anyone who writes so nicely about their Mom and their wife and their partner and their partner’s wife is a-okay in my book.
Thanks again for your contributions here.
(Gotta repeat that you and Matthew should make your credit card application links a little more obvious and comprehensive (more cards), often I want to apply via the L&LF link but either can’t find the link or the card I’m applying for is not on the link. That link (a http://www.creditcards.com page) also makes it difficult to be confident that L&LF will actually get the referral commission. Please don’t go overboard like many other bloggers but a little bit more and more obvious shouldn’t be too obtrusive and shilling, maybe something on the menu bar under the banner.)
(Geez, Matthew is traveling on Mom’s Day, he should owe his wife BIG TIME for that, like TWO dozen roses and TWO dinners at HER favorite restaurant(s) OR whatever the Klint family equivalent is!)
Very kind words and I am blessed to have Kyle onboard and I can personally attest his wife and family is wonderful.
What card are you looking for? Have you checked this link?
LALF Credit Cards
Re: “What card are you looking for? Have you checked this link? LALF Credit Cards”
No, not when I applied 2-4 months ago for a couple of card that are on that list. I’ve seen that link before but could not find it 2-4 months ago. It’s not the link I was referring to above which is based on the disclaimer in Kyle’s posts “If you are considering booking travel or signing up for a new credit card please click here. Both support LiveAndLetsFly.com.”
The LALF Credit Cards is MUCH more extensive (in the number and variety of cards) and much more clear that it’s a LALF link. Suggest you clearly put that link on the home page, would be much easier for everyone to find.
BTW, when I posted “(a http:-/ /- http://www.credit-cards .- com page)” above (spaces & dashes added this time to try to avoid clickable link once posted) I did not intend for it to be a clickable link and I don’t intend for it to be a clickable link this time either. Please edit to text only non-clickable.
I agree. I certainly don’t agree with your politics Kyle, or Matthew’s for that matter, but I can tell you’re a couple of stand-up guys. That means you both had good mothers.
I’m curious what you think my politics are? 😉
But yes, all credit for any good qualities I may have developed go to my mother (and father). I am so thankful for them.
A deep bow to all mothers that have encouraged their children in wanderlust. Know that we are forever grateful