our family has learned so much this summer-especially the kids and i. the husband grew up, traveling and singing with his brother and sisters, while his dad would bring the message.
and by different, i mean wild.
i like things clean. this summer was far from that. and, our hot water heater always ended a little too soon.
the only time we got to experience the great outdoors was in-between states. that’s when we did our very best to cram in an excellent memory before we hit the road yet again.
and trust me, it would have been much easier to go grab dinner rather than cooking three meals a day for a five member family in a weenie-teenie kitchenette.
when i started packing up for our summer and selling all sorts of household items and furniture, i began an inward journey that i don’t think i truly understood until recently.
matter of fact, simply removing all those things has actually brought about so much joy. it has made me realize that life is actually really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
although from the surface, this summer looked as if we were ducks, calm on the surface, but we were paddling like the dickens underneath. i can promise you that.
as we took a trek up pinnacle mountain, i was blessed with so many amazing revelations. as we were climbing: the husband, the son, the second born, and the little one (mostly being carried), and myself…i was amazed. i was amazed at the amount of effort it took to get to an amazing place. it took pain. it took exhaustion. it took moments of resting and regrouping. but never quitting. that was never a thought, option, or spoke of.
to be successful in life, at anything, it’s going to be tough. as a parent, it’s easier to let them have their way. but i don’t want the easy route. i want children who can appreciate the fight that life offers, so i guide them and train them and redirect them and speak good over them all day long.
they began to understand the powerful lesson and they began to push through.
i was proud of them. i was proud because i was a 35 year old woman who was in great shape and my legs were burning. i wanted to be done with the hike a while ago. but yet my babies were climbing and sacrificing to get to the top.
they had a vision. they were told it would be worth it. and they believed in the journey.
just because this picture looks like pure bliss, i can promise you that we had to run through a few family quarrels to achieve such joy. guaranteed.
it takes a family effort to achieve joy while traveling to-and-fro. it takes busy bags (may GOD richly bless one of my very best friends, Auntie Dawn, for cramming four bags full of road trip busy-ness).
it takes crackers, water bottles, crayons, the soundtrack of frozen, puppet shows, and many more distractions to get us to a place of utter captivity.
it takes every single thing we’ve got to capture some of the most magical moments we’ve ever entered.
stuff is great. i love stuff more than the next. but, what i’ve learned more than anything this summer is that when i truly tune into what i have, what i have is more than enough.
yes, that is exactly how i feel in my heart at this very moment.
i have thirftly replaced all my things, and while yes, that makes me happy, it doesn’t make me near as happy as looking back on our summer adventure.
i don’t think i would have changed a single thing about how we uprooted, sold our things, and lived our lives outside of our comfort zone.
nope…wouldn’t have changed a thing.
if you truly look for the good. good is all you’ll see.
just trust me on this.
in HIM and health,