Thursday, September 22, 2011

Being Together {Simple Moments, Bigger Picture}

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We went on vacation this past weekend. It was more comedy of errors than rest and relaxation. It may have been a disaster, but it was also... 

 ..the first time in weeks (months?) my husband and I have been able to talk for more than 5 minuted uninterrupted (thank you in car DVD!!!!!) 
 ...the first time in weeks that all five of us spent any time together as a family of five other than at the dinner table 
 ...the first time in weeks (months?) that we did something and occupied the same space as a family of five other than Church on Sunday’s. Which still often finds us separated. Me in the cry room the kids with friends.

It may not have been all fun. 

There may have been more snot, more tears, more cursing than we would have planned. 

However there were small moments. Little sister being a big sister. Big brother being a leader and entertaining them all. There were short hikes and cuddles in bed. But most importantly there was us. 

Just Us. 

A family of five. 

Often separated by the demand of a baby, and school, and work, coming together. Enjoying each other’s company or a least tolerating it. There was no where to go. No schedules to keep. No people to see. 

Just us and our little family. 

Which is why we do these crazy hard vacations. Even if it’s just a different sink for our dishes it’s still time with no obligations spent together as a family. To remind us who we love, why we love and that we will never be alone. 

Simply being together as a family, that’s my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What’s yours?

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Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Sounds like a lovely time, snot and all. Those times, being together, even if you're not doing anything particularly special, are indeed so special, because they're the stuff you remember. I'm glad you all got a chance to have that!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

P.S. I love that first photo! Not sure what it is, but just the hint of a person is really lovely.

May said...

These vacations can be exhausting! But I agree with you about the importance of stopping the daily grind to acknowledge the importance of being together as a family. That is a vital priority.

This Heavenly Life said...

Perfect, Mel! It's so crazy how often we all live AROUND each other without getting to really BE with each other. I'm glad you guys had a weekend full of moments :).

Ginny Marie said...

Sigh...I love family time!

Pitterle Postings said...

For us, a vacation is wonderful that way. We travel, we stop and see the odd little things on the journey (last year we saw the Smokey the Bear park). We just have bonding time. It is the one time of the year when my husband and I can talk, visit, and really spend time together. We love DVD's and Game boys. There is nothing quite like them to ensure peace on the journey!