I love girls trips. I have been going on girls trips with my high school friends, the Peacocks, once or twice a year for 20 years now. My college roommates and I get together for a weekend once a year as well. When Beth, my sister in love, asked me to join her for a few days at the beach this past week I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
It was going to be hard to get away during the week. I don’t have any family in town, so my husband would have to get the kids off to school, take them to the book fair, get Lilly to dance, get Wes to football, do the homework, make the breakfasts, lunches and dinners, take care of our dog child Dixie May, all while working. When I started to think of all that I was going to pile on him, I almost said no, I can’t, its to hard to get away. But when I mentioned to Weston that Beth asked me to go on this trip, he said go. Go and have fun. He gets it. He goes on his share of golf trips with the guys, and trips to see the Vols play. It is just something that we have done for each other throughout our marriage, given each other permission to go, have fun, rest, and recharge.
Listening to the ocean drinking hot coffee, long praying walks on the beach, early bedtimes, books and magazines, reading all day, belly laughs, talking and sharing for hours, eating brownies and frozen pizza, watching brain numbing t.v., being quiet, shark sightings, counting my blessings, soaking up the sun, spending time with one of my most favorite people in the world.
I went on a walk early Thursday morning. I was deep in prayer when I almost tripped over this!!!! Yes that is a shark! No I didn’t get back in the water the rest of the trip.
When you get away from the noise, the constant demands, the busy schedules, when you unplug from the rest of the world, you’re able to think. You’re reminded what is important, what matters most.
- I realized how much I appreciate my husband and all he does for me and our family.
- I realized how blessed that I am to have a husband that supports me and my crazy dreams.
- I realized how much I realllllllly love and cherish my kids.
- I realized my relationship with God has to be first, before anything and everything.
- I realized how special and giving and loving my parents are.
- I realized how good it feels to laugh hard and have good ole girl talk. Sometimes at home I get to “busy” to have fun.
- I realized I need to focus more on my friends and work at those relationships.
- I realized how blessed I am to have a brother that cracks me up and a sister in law who is one of my best friends.
- I realized that I love peace and I will do everything in my power not to overbook, over plan, or over commit.
- I realized I need to chill out and stop being so serious all the time.
- I realized that I like to wear the same thing for three days straight and not wash my hair.
- I realized how hard it is for me to sit still at home, there is always something to do, something to make, or something to clean.
- I realized just how much my body and mind needed to sit, to be still, and to rest.
- I realized when I rest I am a much happier, more creative person.
I realized God gives many gifts throughout the day. It’s when I’m quiet that I truly see them.
On my way out of Charleston, I just happened to see a woman putting up a sign for a Friday yard sale. I was the first one there and racked up. Yes I believe that God not only blesses me with sunrises, but also blesses me with out of no where Friday yard sales.
My family also realized a few things while I was gone. Good ole mom was really missed. They realized how much they love me. They realized how much they appreciated me and all that I do to keep our family running.
I feel fresh, recharged and ready to take on the world. Amazing what a little time away, a little quiet, a dear friend, and rest will do for you.
Do you take time to get away. What’s holding you back?