“Fill your life with experiences, not things.
Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” Anonymous
Statistics about the impact of trauma can be found easily, but the need for a new vacation option for families is shown best by the families we support. We began Cherry Blossom Vacations to give families new memories and new stories together. Each of our founding board members has seen families who desperately need time away together to do something fun and relaxing. We see them in children’s hospitals, in therapy offices, in our family and friend circles. If you are one of those families who needs a break, please apply to vacation with us. If you would like to support families like these, please donate or contact us for ways you can help.
Lindsey and Bob
The R. FamilyOur son Noah was placed with us from foster care when he was 4. He is now 6 and his adoption has been finalized. He is a wildly vibrant, bright, and social child who also has significant medical complexities and physical disabilities. He has a trach, g-tube, and uses a power wheelchair to navigate. In many ways, Noah is a very typical child. He loves explore, make new friends, and follows his favorite YouTube Kids stars avidly. He is anxious to see the world and all of the wonder it entails. Finding accessible accommodations is challenging and our financial situation has significantly changed to be able to meet the needs of our beloved and joyous child. A vacation home like Cherry Blossom would mean a reprieve from having to be eight steps ahead at all times as a parent and lets our son have the unencumbered opportunity to simply be a kid.
Ryan and Christy’s family joined the world of adoption after hosting a teenage boy through an organization called New Horizons for Children. They hosted Edward multiple times, then traveled to complete his adoption in 2020 when Edward became a brother to Ellis, Henry, Ruby, and Lena. Their family is about all the outdoors! Farming, hunting, and fishing are all things they enjoy doing together.
Christy explained their favorite family vacation is an annual trip to a family cabin in the mountains and a family vacation home for Labor Day weekend at the beach. Every year brings anticipation and excitement of familiar places, sights, sounds, activities, weather, and food! We don’t vacation more often because Ryan is self employed and when he doesn’t work, we don’t get paid! Thankfully, we can use both the cabin and beach home for free. Being a family of 7, it is expensive to do just about anything!
Courtney and Scott
The K. FamilyOur adopted son struggles with insomnia due to past trauma. Whenever we stay at a hotel he keeps everyone awake. So not only does he function on 2-3 hours of sleep, but the rest of the family is sleep deprived. This does not make for a fun vacation when everyone is tired and cranky. Whenever possible we try to book rent a vacation home, however it isn’t always an option depending on the cost. We do have friends who we enjoy vacation with which helps with the expense, but our schedules don’t always mesh up. Having access to an entire house to vacation in without the stress of the cost would be wonderful!