Our second day in Paris was a dream come true! We made our way into the city early in the morning, before the sunrise, for our photos in Paris. Prior to our trip, I secured a local photographer to take these memorable photos for us.

We started the day early and drove into the city, to meet Ioana (our photographer). She spent several hours with us capturing the love, the laughter, and the simple sweet interactions between Danny Boy and his family.

If you haven’t heard the story of why we are in Paris, let me share.

Danny Boy has Duchenne’s. He has progressed quicker than others, for reasons we don’t understand. When Danny was a year of age he had a G-tube placed for his feedings. We started working with OT at our local Children’s Hospital, but even with their expertise it was too risky- Danny boy would aspirate on his food or liquids if we tried to push him. My Joe had promised me that as soon as Danny Boy learned to eat by mouth he would take us for a picnic anywhere in the world to celebrate… well, I picked Paris!

Danny boy has grown up hearing about our someday picnic and talking about our someday trip to the Eiffel Tower.

As Danny Boy’s heart started showing signs of trouble I was heart broken… again! Your heart breaks a lot when your child is sick! At any rate, I laid on my bed crying (something I have never done before or after this event). My Joe walked in and was comforting me asking questions and helping me process. At one point he said, “You know Danny is sick why is this latest news troubling you so much?” I replied, “I guess because it will be the first time in my life I have to live with a regret.” “Regrets for what?” He asked. “I will regret that Danny never made it to Paris even through we worked so hard to get him there.” My dear Joe gave the order to start planning for our picnic in Paris. He wouldn’t have us living with one single regret. Two years later here we are. (And yes… our picnic in Paris kinda grew into a three-country tour!)

So today was the day! We would have our picnic for our photographer to capture and we would spend time going up the Eiffel Tower!

The day was simply amazing! Everything that I had hoped for. Oh, there were a million things that went wrong from the alarm clock not going off at the right time, to the stores being closed so I couldn’t buy a matching outfit or the picnic food for our special picnic!! With us getting up late I didn’t even have an opportunity to do my hair or makeup before we left. Oh, if I wanted to see the glass half empty I had plenty of opportunities, but I have found that mentality is simply useless! Instead, I put my eyes on all the beauty of the day and believe me… it was beautiful!

Well, I have shared enough words… let me show you how beautiful the day truly was!!!

As the sun was rising we arrived to meet our photographer and new friend, Ioana, who works with The Paris Photography. I highly recommended them!

Here are just a few of the photos she took. We had so much fun!!

When it came to taking the photos of our picnic, Danny Boy, My Joe, and I all sat giggling and loving each other. We may not have had any picnic food but we were making the most of our “picnic”. At one point, I started to have tears; they were happy tears. Happy that God allowed this moment to take place. I felt so incredibly blessed!

After we took photos for a few hours we then took a break for breakfast. We had the best white coffee, ever!!

After breakfast we returned for more photos at the carrousel in front of the Eiffel Tower. Ioana spent more time with us. Have I mentioned that I positively loved our experience with her!?

From here, we met up with a tour group so we could go up to the third level of the Eiffel Tower. Danny boy and I only went up to the second level since that’s where the elevator stopped. Big sister, took photos of the third level for us. 🙂

After being awake since 4 am we were all quite tired. We decided to take a nap back at the hotel and then went to the mall for a stroll.

Before bed, Danny Boy mentioned to his daddy that he really wants a picnic with food. My Joe reassured him that we will be making that happen! We didn’t come to Paris for any other reason. The grand museums and iconic bridges will just have to wait… we are here for a picnic in Paris!

Until our next chat,

Danny Boy’s Mom