Well we finally had some time to take a family vacation. Even if you are entitled to vacation with your job it still seems like a fight to make time for your vacation. This is especially true for us since me and Kristi both work full time jobs. If you add to that full time ministry for me and the challenge can become greater yet. Our girls are still young so we can’t go do some adventurous treks across the country, or navigate the globe. Well at least not yet. J Wherever we go is not as important as it is to spend time together. We run so hard most of the year. I realize this will only get compounded as our children get older and have school, and are involved with other things.
I was so thankful for the opportunity to get away for a few days. For me vacation is about getting away from it all. Breaking routine and finding some escape from the trappings of life. I even go as far as to leave my phone off and to ditch social media and the web. I just need to disconnect from it all. I know vacation is different for everyone but I would encourage you to try disconnecting from your phone and the internet for a few days. Try to focus on the face to face relationships happening right in front of you. I think sometimes we get so caught up with a screen in our face that we tend to ignore the most important people around us.
This year we went to the Indiana Dunes on Lake Michigan. The girls loved to swim in the pool at the hotel. They had a smaller kid’s pool with a slide and a fountain. It was definitely a hit with Braelyn. We got to spend some time on the beach. It was a nice beach for being on a lake. The state stepped in some years ago to save this portion of beachfront. Flanking each side of the beach a ways down is steel mills, and to the other side a nuclear power plant. They were far enough off that they didn’t really impose too much on the beach. We planned on taking a train into Chicago from the dunes but the girls communicated in their own way that they weren’t so keen on spending that much time in an umbrella stroller. We will save that for next time when they are a little older.
It was an interesting region filled with heavy industry and beach tourism. With the relatively short drive from here and the cost it would be somewhere I would recommend checking out. There are several towns and beaches to check out on the Indiana and Michigan sides. There are also several quaint bread and breakfasts in the area to stay at. If you want to go spend a little more you could always rent a home on the lake front as well. With the addition of an inexpensive train ride to Chicago it has the potential to be a great vacation spot. I have a feeling we will be heading there again.
I am exceedingly thankful that we have jobs that afford us the opportunity to provide for our family and that also allows us time to get away together. In a world where we go faster and work more and more it is so important to disconnect and spend time with the ones who really matter the most. In the end it doesn’t matter how much you worked, or earned. We are all gifted such a short time on this earth. It is imperative that we make our family our priority. It isn’t about a fancy vacation it is about spending time together. That is what really matters, taking a break to get refreshed and spending time with those who matter the most to you.