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!
Pool Fun With Big Brother!
All Of Our Kiddos!
Daddy & Libby Watching A Stage Show
On Our Way To The Mad Hatter's Teacups!
Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!
Hanging Out With Mommy While The Big Kids Ride
Riding The Ponies!
Waiting For The Afternoon Parade!
Nighttime Electric Parade!
Honour Posing As King Tut!
Libby The Butterfly!
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!