This summer was our best family vacation to date…in my opinion. Every year we look forward to vacation because it is a time for us to pull away from our normal routine and regroup as a family. This was the first time in four years that we’ve all been together to do that. I now realize that each time it happens (with three adult children), it is really a gift.
We had eight blissful days with all six of us together in one of our favorite family places to be – Canada. The weather was warm and sunny so we spent much of our time in the water together. Tom rode is bike quite a few times (LOOOOOOONG distances) and he was faithful in his swimming exercises.
Once the two oldest kids left, my sister and her son joined us for a week. I realized that this was the first time since she was in high school that we’ve had her all to ourselves. (She flew to Florida and stayed with us for a week when Lydia was a baby. 22 years is a bit long, Becky.)
From Canada we headed to another family favorite vacation spot – Cedar Campus, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This is an InterVarsity Training Camp for college students that Tom has attended since he was young. In fact, I think two of his siblings met their future spouses at this camp. Hmm…
Cedar Campus is a beautiful place to reconnect with God and other friends in ministry. This is where I learned to enjoy a “Retreat of Silence” for 3 hours each week. Our family has attended… well, since we’ve been a family. Following in their father’s footsteps, two of our kids have worked at Cedar during the summer – Lydia worked on the Program Crew one summer (2007?) and Ellen worked on the Recreation Crew this summer.
Our vacation ended the way we spend most of our time now – as a three-some. We spent the night in Ann Arbor, MI with our friends, the Whites (well, a couple of them) and attended the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
I am so thankful for what has been Number One in my memory of vacations. Of course, my kids like to remind me that my memory isn’t all that great. What a blessing!