Vacation- Moments in Photos

Our vacation planning was tough this year, like most years.  I had a week off planned; we wanted something fun yet relaxing, and it needed to be not too far away, have a kitchen, be reasonably super low priced, and have activities on site.  Michael has had a rough summer, so being close by, very relaxing and have a kitchen was key (the biggest triggers for his CVS are travel, being overtired, and eating out).

But as my week off approached, we had no plans.  So I postponed 3 weeks, hoped Michael would be feeling better by then, and asked him to help plan this time.  He came up aces.  He found a lake house to rent about an hour away, a used jet-ski to buy to entertain us while we were there, and agreed to a day at Disney World to make it even better- all within our very small budget.  (One day we’re going to have help with all those darn medical bills and get to take a bigger budget vacation!)

But, in keeping with our traditions, he stayed sick much most of the week, Ben got a terrible infection and had to avoid the lake most of the week, baseball drama kept us fuming over that as much as relaxing one day, and our sweet dog died while we were gone.

I may have pouted about it all.  But I also found moments to lay in the hammock and read, or just listen for God.  He was there, just like He always is.  And without as many distractions it was easier to hear His voice.

And among the junk, were other moments that were priceless, and like everything in life, we had to choose to be thankful for the good between the bad. We found that Disney World will do their best to help kids with a sick dad have a great day anyway, we found a very kid friendly urgent care doctor to treat Ben quickly, we had a few friends share one day with us on the water, and we had quite a lot of together time.

Vacation- Moments in Photos



  1. Glad there were some good moments and a few positive memories. I hope the rest of life gives you a break soon. Keep hanging on in there.
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  2. I’m so sorry about your dog, Anita, and that your vacation wasn’t all you hoped it would be. But I see lots of smiles in those photos – I hope that’s what you’ll remember.
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  3. Thanks so being so honest about your “vacation” and for always being a reminder that HOPE can be found in every moment. And the whole pouting thing, I’ve been there SO many times! I can’t tell you how many times God has heard me lament over not being able to do the things “everyone else” gets to do. You are not alone! It was also great to hear that Disney was so helpful. The Disney Guest Assistance Pass is one of the GREATEST things EVER! I wish there was one for everyday life. 🙂

  4. What a beautiful family you have! Prayers going up for your hubby’s health!

  5. Ugh. We suck at vacations too. My daughter ended up hospitalized this year with pneumonia. I love that you found moments to be quiet and grateful. That’s what happiness is REALLY made of, not expensive or fancy vacations.
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  6. Oh Anita! I’m so sorry to read that your dog died while you were on vacation. That’s so hard (I just lost my dog in April and still look for him when I come home). Your photos turned out wonderfully and I’m glad that your children were able to enjoy Disney. Prayers for your hubby’s health!
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