The Incredible Journey

This summer, we are planning an epic road trip. We’re calling it “The Incredible Journey.” We plan to drive from our home in Orlando, Fla., ultimately to my niece’s wedding in Kirkland, Wash., and back home again.

ImageAll five of us. In the car together for hours on end. It could be torture.

Or it could be the journey of a lifetime.

Our kids–15, 13 and 9–are excited about seeing the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, The San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National Park, spending time with my 94-year-old great aunt, meeting my aunt and uncle for the first time, spending time with cousins.

They’re not so excited about spending 9-10 hours a day in the car. Thank the Lord for an onboard entertainment system.

We’re trying to think of road games, planning what snacks we want to bring along. Saving every penny we have to be able to pay for gas that is headed to more than $4.00 per gallon (we’re thinking of getting sponsors for the various legs of our journey) 🙂

Here’s what I don’t want to happen on this trip: fighting, car trouble, sickness, missing the beauty along the way.

Sometimes we can get so caught up in where we’re headed, we forget that there is joy in the journey. There’s an old Michael Card song that talks about that.

“There is a joy in the journey
There’s a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey”

Do you have a dream? Enjoy the process of getting there. Have a place in your life you’d eventually like to be? Don’t forget to see what God wants to show you along the way.

Eventually, like I said, we want to end up in Kirkland, Wash., to celebrate the marriage of my youngest niece. But we plan on seeing a whole lot of America in the meantime. It should be incredible.

Thankful today for:

126. a kitty who likes to lie on his back with all four feet spread to the wind

127. trash pick up twice a week

128. new families applying to our school

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