Monday, December 12, 2011

The Long Ride Home{Link-up}

Is it Monday already?

We just drove in last night from a mini family vacation, and I'm feeling the drag of this Monday morning!

A typical day back from vacation with a young family: cranky kids because of arranged nap schedules, lots of laundry to catch up on, and bags stacked to ceiling in need of unpacking!

Though VERY tired, my heart is FULL!

Regardless of how crazy vacations can be with little ones, it's all worth it for the long ride home!

With worn out kids from a weekend of fun, it's always my favorite part of the trip when we head back home! Not because I like traveling, but because I just know "it" will happen on the long ride home!

Moments in time that I will always look back on!

With kids sacked out in the backseat, my husband and I are guaranteed uninterrupted time of conversation. 

Good wholesome conversation.

No laundry to throw in the wash, dinner to cook, or kids to really tend to; just me and Wesley.

It's always meaningful conversation.

Not a list of "to-do's", or run down of the week's schedule, but a chance to recapture dreams and talk about things that have true value!

So, in the midst of my circumstances today with whiny children and piles of dirty laundry, I will be refreshed with thoughts of the conversations we always share on...the long road home!

Romans 5:3-5

 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Please take the time to link-up today with us, and invite your friends to do so as well! The rules are simple: just link your favorite encouraging post from this past week! Let's encourage one another on this 'Messy Monday', and turn the usual "drab" to "FAB"!

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  1. The worst part of coming home is the cranky kids, unpacking and piles of laundry! But I love vacations. :)

  2. When we travel to see family, we drive for about 18 hours, now that we live even farther away, it will happen rarely because of the kids. How great that you and your husband have that time as you come back home! Now...tell us about your trip!

  3. Love this, Lindsay! Long, uninterrupted conversations with my husband are worth the cranky kids and piles of laundry.

  4. Praise God that His Holy Spirit shows us His love in special ways just when we need it, like uninterrupted conversation with our husband after a long, tiring day! Blessings to you and your family, and thanks for hosting the linkup!

  5. We took a long road trip across several states to take our kids to a Dude Ranch. We were off the power grid and they did not pick at each other for an entire week. It was a miracle! On the way back, we dropped the three of them off at an airport a couple of hours into the drive back. (We had found cheap one way fares!) My husband and I drove in the "burb" across America on the 4th of July, enjoyed all kinds of fireworks along the way and met the kids at the house late that night! Great conversation! Great memories!

    I hope all your laundry is clean and folded :) Merry Christmas!

  6. This is one of my favorite things too, Lindsay. Just listening to music together, being, with no demands--like you say. Welcome home, Beloved.

  7. Sometimes we just don't want to talk and drive. That is when we play music or a book on tape for our trip. Traveling with Jesus, we do need to spend time in a two way conversation. There may be times when we just rest and bask in His glory.

  8. Thank you for permitting me to join with you today! Listening to God during this Holiday season as He tells me that He not only loved the World to send his son, but He loves me. (and you)

  9. Love your perspective ... good for you :)