People keep asking me how my vacation was, and I can’t truly describe it well enough to give it justice.  You may think a 13-hour car trip with a 3 year-old and 11 month-old to go to Kentucky and spend six nights/seven days in a house with 8 adults and 7 kids (ages 11M, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7) sounds like a recipe for disaster…but it was quite the opposite.

There was nothing remarkable about the trip, what we saw or what we did.  It wasn’t restful or relaxing (see above:  7 kids).  But it was completely rejuvenating and refreshing in ways that I just can’t describe.  It was good time with our family, with whom I hadn’t spent much time after two weeks of back to back Montreat and VBS and Russ’ six weeks of surgery rotation (which FYI is the worst specialty EVER).

We got to see a part of the country that we had not seen before…driving through the breathtaking mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee and the picturesque farmland of Kentucky.

We got to watch a farmer farm.

There was a lot of running free

But above all else, it was amazing time with amazing people.  We do this group chaos vacation once a year…and it is the best week of the year.  Each day, we enjoy time with the kids, but we also strive for the goal of bedtime so that we can just hang out.  There was a lot of laughter, catching up, stories of woe and of goodness.  It was the opposite of restful because we would stay up until midnight (even 2:00 am the first night), but then get up with the kids at 6:30am everyday.  But no matter how tired I was, it was so hard to go to bed…I even found myself falling asleep in the living room a couple of nights because I just couldn’t go to bed for fear I would miss something.

And possibly my favorite part of the week (even though the guys and the kids are swell) was the ladies day out on the last day.  We toured a winery.

We were done with the tour, wine tasting, and lunch by 12:30, but then just talked and wandered around the vineyards for the rest of the afternoon.  And it was marvelous.  It amazing how you can feel isolated in your issues but after a few samples of wine and a few hours of talking you find yourself saying or thinking or hearing “oh, me too” more often than not.  It was just what I needed.

These women (and their husbands and kids) are some of the best people I know, so it was an honor and a privilege to spend a week with them in the middle of nowhere, KY.

It’s a shame we can’t do this more often, but coordinating the schedules of 15 people with crazy lives for one week a year is a pretty big success I say.  But even so, Vacay 2012 can’t come soon enough.

3 Responses

  1. Ditto, ditto and ditto. Love you guys!

  2. Ditto as well!! You said it all so perfectly!!! Except for the part about getting up with the kids at 6:30. Mine slept til 8 or 9, what’s wrong with yours? 😉

    Miss you guys!!

  3. Just got back from Montreat, so just read this. Love you all.

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