I love my family’s annual fall trip. It originally started when I was stressed out beyond belief. I was 14 years old, knee deep as a freshman in High School, and I just started Color Guard, which, at the time was a love/hate relationship. Plus, my back started to really bug me (the first sign of my ankylosing spondylitis). Needless to say, my mom knew best. It was time to escape. And we did. No phone, no homework, no practice. Just a time for us to breathe and relax. That was 13 years ago and we’re still going strong. 🙂
Every year I look forward to fall for this particular reason. It rejuvenates me. Hits my soul and HARD. Its like a painting that keeps getting better and better. Something so beautiful; precious; immaculate. A beautiful gift that no one can take away. No one can erase those memories; regardless of our circumstances.
Needless to say, I was ecstatic about going this year. However, it looked like I wasn’t going to because I would of had to drive and that wasn’t going to happen because of my hip. However, my family ROCKS!! My mom and dad rented a SUPER LARGE SUV to not only accommodate themselves, but also Mr. P and I, along with my sister and her boyfriend too. We had enough space to pack a picnic, extra drinks, and enough space for our feet.
In the past I usually just stare out the window, have a few conversations, and/or read. BUT THIS YEAR WE DID SOMETHING NEW! We played a family game. Now, we haven’t done something like this since my wedding’s dress rehearsal and it’s one of my favorite things to do with friends and my family. This is how it worked: My dad would shout out a question and everyone would answer individually. The topic of conversation was “If you could meet someone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why that person? and What would you ask that person?” The topics kept going! We were asked to discuss someone whose influential, a sports athlete, a leader, someone spiritual, and a teacher. There was no wrong answer. We all had different answers. Its a great way to get to know someone and its a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
With all of the scary doctor appointments I have lined up this week (details to follow later), this trip was exactly what I needed. The house may still have projects to-do, the health may always be an issue, the dogs may still be sick, but the peace will always be there every fall. With that, here’s a slideshow of my trip. I hope it helps you feel the comfort, love, and rejuvenation I received.