July 2, 2012
Our family takes a vacation every year. We cannot always go away to some fantastic destination, but we always make sure to take advantage of my husband’s offered vacation time. Whether we hit the beach, head to the hills to camp, or even if we stay at home, there are layers upon layers of benefits to a whole week of family time that are never worth the fraction of a week’s pay that would be offered to us for time off not taken.
Aside from us all just needing a break from everyday life, there is a deep element of togetherness and connection that gets fostered when our family spends any length of time together. We get a taste of it every weekend. We can smell it and even start to feel it on our skin over a long, holiday weekend. But a whole week of being together allows our connections to steep to a perfect strength! The kids reconnect with their dad, I can reconnect with my husband, and together we can once again find our happy family rhythm.
It never fails that, at the end of our weeks’ vacation, I start to mourn the ending of our physical togetherness. But I’m always happy to see that those ties between us all that were strengthened and supported by our time together provide a sturdy base for our days forward. That time has provided much needed nutrients and love to the roots of our family. We can all see growth and flourish that then springs forth.
I think that one of the biggest secrets to a happy family is spending time together. The more time I spend with my husband and my littles, the more I love them, and the more I want to be with them. It is always worth it to all of us to take those seven uninterrupted days to focus on just that…being together and fostering our connections!
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