Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tying Heartstrings

One of the ways Paul and I have endeavoured to tie strings to our children's hearts is to ensure we take a family vacation each year.  There's just something about getting away from some of the routine of everyday life, spending time together without the constant demands of our farm, etc., which helps to keep our hearts warmly bound to one another. 

We love spending time together, whether working or playing, and those naysayers of years ago who warned, "You just wait until your children are older, they won't want to spend time with you then!", have been proven wholly incorrect. 

We cherish the time we're able to spend with one another, from the oldest to the youngest, and family vacations are just one of the ways we do so.

We arrived home yesterday from our most recent holiday and as noted in our previous post, we were so incredibly delighted to be able to spend time with the Hammond family of South Carolina, as well as reconnect with our dear friends, the Upchurch family of Georgia.  We also enjoyed a few weeks in Florida; soaking up the rays, swimming in the pool, going to the ocean, "doing" Disney, spending time with my terrific brother and his wonderful wife and children, and then spending a few more days with the Hammonds before returning home.  It was a busy, busy time, but so refreshing!

During the many hours we spent driving, we listened to the Bible on cd (we just love Alexander Scourby's KJV reading!), as well as numerous encouraging sermons by the likes of Voddie Baucham, Doug Phillips, and others.  It's so good to be challenged afresh by the Word, to listen to excellent teaching cds which cause us to re-evaluate what we've been doing, or not doing, and to discuss how we might go about ordering our lives to more closely follow our Saviour. 

Not every family can manage to get away for an extended period of time, necessarily, but all parents can purpose to tie strings to their children's hearts by creating and enjoying special times together.  Whether day trips to local attractions with picnic lunches, or camping in the backyard and roasting marshmallows, it's imperative that parents "plan" to have fun with their kiddos.  If they don't take the time to actually plan special times, the tyranny of the urgent will keep them too busy, robbing them of precious opportunities to tie those heartstrings, heartstrings which must be fastened good and tight in this day and age when many are competing for the hearts and minds of our children.

Below are some photos of our recent trip.  I'd only planned on posting a few, but these are all so sweet that I just couldn't resist putting them all up!  Happy browsing!

Pool Fun With Big Brother!

All Of Our Kiddos!


Hey Mon!

Daddy & Libby Watching A Stage Show

Mom, Cherish, Honour, & Blessing
 In A Sticky Situation!

On Our Way To The Mad Hatter's Teacups!

Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Hanging Out With Mommy While The Big Kids Ride

Sister Love!

Riding The Ponies!

Waiting For The Afternoon Parade!

Splash Mountain!

Nighttime Electric Parade!

Typhoon Lagoon!

Honour Posing As King Tut!

Libby The Butterfly!

Mini Golf!

Goofing Around With Cousin Tanner!

 Celebrating Daddy's Birthday! 

Celebrating Daddy's Birthday At Medieval Times
With Uncle Darren, Aunt Tracey, Tanner & Logan!

King Paul & His Family!

At The Ocean!

Good Friends!  Good Times!


  1. Beautiful pictures...can I put in a request to meet you guys next year?? I can't believe how much everyone is growing....well really only the eleven and under crowd:)

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

  2. Beautiful pictures, Debbie! And thank you so much for the great reminder to be diligent in tying heartstrings :) Love, Bambi

  3. Beautiful family, beautiful photos, beautiful words. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi there fellow dairy farmers,

    We love all the pictures! So glad you decided to post all of them! Almost makes us feel like we were there for some of it! Oh, wait a minute! We were!!! lol!

    So glad that you all could stay with us for that very short week! (Time flies when you're having fun!) You were such a blessing to be around. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you all! Hopefully this will be an annual thing! hint, hint!

    "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you."
    -Philippians 1:3

    Can't wait to see you all again soon!
    -The Hammond Family

  5. Loved looking at your pictures, though they were quite bittersweet since we couldn't get there to be with you. So glad that you were able to get away!

  6. Thanks, Bambi, Beth, and Linda! We had such a terrific time!

  7. Hammond family, we would LOVE to make it an annual thing! And we can't wait 'til you all come to visit us this summer!! Hopefully sooner, rather than later! And for longer than planned. Get workin' on getting a replacement milker!

  8. Oh Kathy, I know! You can't know the restraint I used each time we emailed back and forth. I didn't want to put any more pressure on you than you were already under, but I wanted to BEG you to find a way to get there when we were there!

    Ya know, you can get these 1/2 price passport card thingymajigs which are good for crossing into Canada. Then, when you do take that roadtrip to Florida, you could swing down this way, spend a week or so with us, then meander back home. T'would make for a longish trip, but we'd try to make it worth your while :-).

  9. Thank you for your generosity today! A conference miracle, I called it.

    May God bless you and what you've done.

    Annie Kate