Sunday Seven

Sunday, March 20, 2022

“Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Traveling with family is inspiring and practical. It is difficult and easy. Here are my latest learnings.

1 • We train our kids for traveling before we traveled. We prepare with flexibility in mind. We are open to possibilities. We befriend patience. We use humor and encouragement. 

2 • Less is more. I've been cultivating the art of packing effectively over the past 31 years. The kids were able to apply some of my learnings. We succeeded, even when we had to add 2 extra days to our trip.

3 • Traveling as a family is taking our systems and rhythms on the road. We don't push hard. We find the balance between 5 people. I am learning that when we work as a unit, everyone benefits.

4 • The joy of experiencing new things is the best. We all learned so much during our time away. Seeing the joy in everyone's eyes and hearing it in their voices is one of my favorite things about traveling.

5 • We make our choices and our choices inform the life we live. We also believe in thinking about our choices. The things we learn will inform the next trip we take.

6 • We talked about gratitude to God a lot during our trip. We encourage gratitude in our family. We also told the kids why we were grateful for a particular blessing. Teaching what we want to see needs to be purposeful.

7 • Our time away ended with a sense of joy and awe. God was great and kind to us. We truly appreciate His presence with us during this trip.