reconciling things

“Allow it all to happen: beauty and terror…” Rilke

It has been 8 years since we have taken a family vacation. That was a simply magical month of road tripping with only 8 kids. And we have had a lot of miles as a family since then.

Surviving and somehow coming out thriving after the last couple years has been nothing short of miraculous. This vacation is a grace, a gift, and is full of Thanksgiving. The kids and I are well and healing body and soul.

We couldn’t have accomplished this without our friends—friends who are like family. Every day of this trip we pray the Divine Mercy at 3PM for our friends and loved ones.

We rented a van and are making big loop through our beautiful country, seeing all things beautiful—Not the least of which are dear friends who we haven’t seen in years. We will spend a little extra time in California with family and the beach. We all have not been out to California together since we moved six years ago.

The trees and sky somewhere in Virginia

Not sure if you realize this, but planning a two week road trip with 10 people is not as easy as it sounds. So many details needed to be worked out, so much grace and flexibility required.

We could not be having more fun. There is camaraderie, so much laughter, so many snacks, and many heart-to-hearts. If you want to get up close and personal with your kids, lock all of you together in a car for two weeks. Hearts will be revealed and it will be beautiful—even if there are painful elements.

Playing in the Arroyo in New Mexico

Here are some pictures for now. More to come.

Messing around with friends in Tennessee
The Rosary Tree at the Shrine of The Infant of Prague in Prague, OK
Catholic families make detours to holy sites, because you should always obey every impulse to pray. And pilgrimages are always worth it.
Surprised my niece in Albuquerque and got the band back together (These cousins used to call themselves Mejalis. A combo of Meg, Jael, and Israel.)
Pro-tip: bring all your own food on road trips. Saves so much money. And there is really nothing better than eating noodles in the sunshine with your cuties.
A little prayer altar in the car. Folk Icon from Seth Goepel.

2 thoughts on “The Adventure Begins (or continues…)

  1. flph1 says:

    Thank you for the update.

    Prayers, Br. Rex

    On Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 10:24 AM reconcilingthings wrote:

    > Kylofamilyfarm posted: ” It has been 8 years since we have taken a family > vacation. That was a simply magical month of road tripping with only 8 > kids. And we have had a lot of miles as a family since then. Surviving and > somehow coming out thriving after the last couple years ” >

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