“Family vacations are FAMILY vacations. Ultimately family vacations are about being together as a family, deepening relationships with each other, conversing together, laughing together and encouraging each other. What a family does together is much more important than where a family goes together. And it’s possible to have a low-budget vacation that is truly wealthy in what matters, developing close relationships as a family, and creating memories that make a difference, all for the glory of God.”
One of my favorite times of the year is when our family gets away on a vacation for a week. The past few years we’ve been going over spring break because it fits better with all our kids’ summer schedules. But we have also taken numerous summer vacations.
Since we drove 19 hours to Tampa, Florida this year and had plenty of time together in the car, we made a list of all the places we have been together over the years. I think there was only one year we couldn’t remember where we’ve been since we had children. Some of our favorite places have been Phoenix, Arizona; Door County, Wisconsin; Sanabel Island, Florida and Estes Park, Colorado.
Each child has their personal favorite and wishes we could go back there. But all of us have at least one favorite memory from every vacation. Keith and I have noticed over the years that our children as well as ourselves grow closer together when we are away from the familiar and the normal busy routine. We all laugh easier, talk more to each other and just enjoy hanging out together.
I ran across a fun list of things to do with your kids on road trips which I thought might give some helpful ideas to those of you traveling soon. It’s called Road Trip God Sightings. This list seems to have some creative ways to use things you see as you drive to talk with your kids about God.
We will also have our own Crossing Kids Family Vacation Devotional written by Rachel Johnson available for you to pick up this Sunday at each Crossing Kids kiosk. You can use these devotions in a way that best fits your family’s schedule: while on the road, waiting in the airport, in the hotel room each night before bed, or even at a rest stop!
May you create memories this summer with your kids – memories that make a difference and deepen your child’s faith as you spend time together.