February 2015 Letter: Dear Vacation

Dear Vacation,

Stepping back, that’s what you feel like.  You are not about visiting famous places, or jam packing my days with adventures, even though that has its appeal. And you are  not about going to exotic places, or eating the fanciest meals, even though that is delightful to me.


You really are all about stepping back from the everyday routine so that I can realize the value of the everyday once more. You are a gift from God to reenergize my heart by breathing deep and remembering to listen with it; slowing down and looking, really looking with that heart of mine, and opening myself to speak with it. 

And when we dance together, you and I, you have a way to entice me to love life even more, and you know just how to make me ready to let you go so that I can run back with arms open wide to the place I left to be with you.

You make me come full circle, and for that I am thankful.

Dear Vacation, thank you for all that you are to me. 


Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 Home, SDG, Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing Home, Play Dates with God, Monday Musings, Hear it on Sunday,Inspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s Story, Into the Word, In and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday,Titus2Tuesdays, Extraordinay, Lessons from Ivy, Denise in Bloom, Sweet Blessings, Faith Filled Friday, Finding Joy, WholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word, Reclaiming a Redeemed Life, Still Saturday. Wildcrafting Wednesdays



  1. That hammock looks SO enticing! How we need these times to step back from our busy lives and recharge. I just wrote about stillness today – about finding those little moments in our weeks to let God recharge us. A whole vacation of recharge and stillness would be amazing.


  2. Hubster and I are going on a much needed vacation in a few weeks where I plan to use that hammock and that beach to their fullest. And I don’t even care if it rains! Funny, I was thinking, “Gee, we ‘should’ see the historic sites etc.” but I’m not sure I even care. I just want to step back, as you say. Vacate!


  3. Vacations are wonderful. And yes, they are just like this for me. Often a vacation is nothing more than time away from the everyday. A simple trip into the wilderness for a day changes things. I come more alive. I think that’s the point! 🙂

    Stopping by again from Mama Moments Monday!


  4. Sometimes we just need to “get away” even for a day. My vacations recently have been a short week end trip with my youngest daughter. Other times, I like to go into town alone and window shop, and maybe pick up a few needed groceries. Not a real vacation, but much needed time. Thank you for sharing your story with us here at “Tell me a Story.”


  5. Just the sight of that hammock breathes “vacation”. It is so true though – a vacation – a break from the norm can be found simply in stepping away from our every day routines. And we would be wise to do this every so often. Grateful for the reminder today. Blessings!


  6. Love that hammock! I feel more relaxed already. : ) A vacation can be a great way to help us appreciate the everyday. You are so right! Thank you for your words.


  7. Visiting from Three Word Wednesday. We are going to trade 20 degree mornings for warm Florida in a few weeks and I know I will love our vacay as much as you are enjoying yours!


  8. I’ve read a couple fiction books lately and they really are like vacation in the midst of everyday life. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.


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