I thank God for rest. Yes, to bask in leisure, to relinquish all responsibilities save for dressing ourselves and driving ourselves from one amusement to another. To forget the holes in the wall that need drywalling, the hurricane swept toy room, to leave behind rushed pace as we're driving from one event to another.
But rather to find refuge in my mother's home, where she caringly builds a nest of peace and ease for all of us. Or to simply sit for a two hour drive in the car, visiting with my dear man while I indulge in a green tea Frappuccino. Or even to catch up on Season Two of Downton Abbey (now Amazon prime wants me to pay for Season Three and I'm ever so tempted!)
But that's me talking.
If you were to ask the kids how vacation went they would simply say "I thank God for FUN!" (I'm paraphrasing of course!)
Hmm....could it be the days spent by the poolside, chasing lizards in Grandma's garden, tea parties for Little Miss Socialite, roaming freely throughout the neighborhood (this was my one anxious bit of our Florida stay, to see my two big kids turn the corner and out of my view for about fifteen minutes at a time. But I'm remaining confident Christ will watch over them as they take these steps towards independence.) Or perhaps playing in Atlantic waves, zooming down monster slides at waterparks, driving junior sized Jeeps at Legoland or canoeing amongst man-devouring alligators.
And how could I have forgotten you Sun! You make all things glorious. Oh the weather was perfectly hot and sunny making all our restful and fun vacation dreams a reality.
Uh...why did this alligator cross the river? Why is he not scared just like all the others have been?
The answer is yes, to get to the other side of course but also to park himself right at the fisherman's fishing line float. Yep, that trickster (dare I say, cheater), had his eye on stealing the catch!
After all the rest and fun, it is good to return home recharged and repurposed and most definitely ready to tackle that toy room. For some reason it didn't clean up after itself when we were gone!