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.
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.
Here are some pictures for now. More to come.