I find myself eagerly awaiting spring with thoughts of I want to go here, there, and everywhere all at once. The mountains are calling me, the ocean is calling, and even New York city has my number. I have spent the last few months catching up on putting together our vacation books….from the last 4 years. Several years ago a friend introduced me to Shutterfly and I was hooked. I quit printing my pictures and started making photo books. They are awesome, although it takes sitting down at the computer and getting it done. Did I mention I am 4 years behind! This winter has left me feeling itchy to get outside and go camping and I finally figured out why. Looking at the pictures I have been reminded of how much fun we have as a family. These pictures have also reminded me of how beautiful Gods creation is. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the ones I have been going back over have said volumes. Those words say that your kids grow up fast so treasure each minute. They also say live in the real moment, not the virtual one. So many of us today spend to much time in the virtual world driven by the internet. I think we can get caught up in the daily grind we forget to have intentional relationships. Our vacations over the last few years have involved a tent, spatula, cooler, groceries and a roll of foil. Getting back to nature was by far one of the best decisions we ever made! We have done the Disney and Maui resort vacation, and they have their place and it was a wonderful experience. But, being in the mountains without cell service and without distraction feeds the soul. Today, as the groundhog says we have 6 more weeks of winter I’m going to think of it as more time to reflect and finish these photo books, and plan! This summer may be the first time in 19 years we go on vacation without our daughter. She is in her second year of college and is branching out (as we taught her to be adventurous) and so some juggling may occur for all of us to be together. We can’t seem to make our mind up about the direction! On the list is Utah, North and South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore), The Great Smokey Mountains, or the Appalachian trail, I think we will just flip a coin. I think the whole point to this is it’s not the mountains calling, its uninterrupted time with family enjoying life without interruptions so keep calling and I will answer!
Blessings and enjoy just a few of our memories, Cathy