If Road Trips Were a Love Language…

The kids are on Spring Break this week. I’m a fan of Spring Break.

Each spring at the kids’ school the 4th and 5th graders work on a big history project culminating with a festival the last school day before the break begins. They write a research paper. They put together an oral presentation, complete with a tri-fold poster. They dress up. They make (or buy…no shame in that!) something to sell at their marketplace. The moms decorate and bring food for a feast. It’s a big to-do and a lot of work and I’ll just admit it, I don’t always have the best attitude about it. I don’t like to make things and I don’t like coming up with costumes. By the time we hit the day before everything is due and we are STILL finishing things up I’m just ready to have it done already.

But then the big day arrives. The kids are dressed up and they dance and eat and sell their wares. And they have the biggest smiles and declare how much fun the day is and I realize it is all worth it. All the fuss and time and burned fingers from hot glue is worth the memories seared into their young minds. I can’t speak for all the kids, but mine sure love this event every year. History comes alive and they get a taste of what life was like way back when.

So that was last week. The festival was Thursday and I was glad when it was over, but also thankful for the day. Thankful for the school my kids are able to attend. For the teachers who pour so much of themselves into the lives of their students. Those hours I spent at the school that day reminded me of how blessed we are to be a part of such a school.

Thursday afternoon and Friday morning we threw some things together for our trip to Arizona. Because of all the busyness with the school projects and laundry and packing I had little time to get my house back in order before we left. I kept reminding myself that when we came home from our trip the house would be a mess and that was OK. It was what it was and just be thankful that we have the chance to get away for a few days. And as nice (and preferable) as it is to come home after a long day of driving to a clean and tidy house, it wasn’t worth being completely frazzled at the front end of our trip. So I left it.

We finally hit the road late Friday morning, stayed one night in El Paso, and arrived in Arizona Saturday where we camped for the remainder of our trip. I’ll write more about the details of the trip later this week (and share lots of pictures!), but can I just say that Arizona is a glorious state? It is beautiful and sunny and filled with so many lovely things. Everywhere we went we could see mountains. The state park we camped in was filled with saguaro cacti (the ones with the arms, that only grow in that part of Arizona and down into northern Mexico). And Phoenix. Oh, Phoenix! With your palm trees and blue skies and perfect weather. The Arizona desert sure is a lot different than the Texas desert. Marvelous!

It was the perfect beginning to our break. I’ve sung the praises of road trips before, of being out in nature and spending time with my family. If road trips were a love language, that would be mine.

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We’re home now. Yes, my house is a mess, but slowly I’ll get it back in order. The laundry will get done. The dining room table will soon be cleared of craft supplies and leftover school projects. I didn’t even mind coming home to the clutter last night. I was filled with thankfulness for a wonderful few days away, marveling at nature, laughing with my family, and watching some baseball in the Arizona sunshine.

Marvelous gifts I am so very thankful for.

69 ~ a wonderful school for my kids

70 ~ fabulous teachers

71 ~ completed projects

72 ~ Spring Break

73 ~ road trips

74 ~ our pop-up

75 ~ camping

76 ~ campfires

77 ~ beautiful sunrises

78 ~ and sunsets

79 ~ saguaro cactus

80 ~ mountains

81 ~ sunshine

82 ~ blue, blue skies

83 ~ palm trees

84 ~ making memories

85 ~ laughing with my family

86 ~ an afternoon of baseball (Spring Training!)

87 ~ walking in the moonlight

88 ~ hiking

89 ~ watching my kids explore

90 ~ wildflowers

91 ~ sun-kissed noses

2 comments

  1. richelle @ "our wright"-ing pad says:

    just gotta say – road trips might be my love language as well… nothing like the freedom of being on the road. unfortunately, not my entire fam agrees!

    loved your attitude… regarding leaving the house in a mess and not being all messed up about it inside. i struggle with that because i know the burden of the work will fall on me when we get home… but God’s used your words to challenge me on that one… to see the sin in my own heart when i let that attitude fester and mess me up!

    thanks for this post. glad you had a great vacay… ours isn’t for another 2 weeks… and we’re heading south and west and i can’t wait!

    • Meagan says:

      Thanks, Richelle! I often have things left undone before we leave, but this was the first time I think that I was able to intentionally just let it go and be completely OK with it when we arrived home. This is not something that comes naturally for me and I’ve had to work at having that kind of mindset. And I am by no means a perfect housekeeper, but I sure do appreciate an uncluttered space! I hope you have a wonderful vacation in a couple weeks and that you are able to enjoy the time away with your family, regardless of the state of your home when you leave. :)

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