Savoring Memories and Embracing the Future

What a whirlwind the last two weeks have been for me! We hosted two graduation parties (high school and college), slipped in a last-hurrah, 8-day family vacation before school starts back up, and then took the weekend to move my second youngest to school for her first year at college.

Considering my second child is planning to graduate from college and move to Japan (if coronavirus cooperates) in December, it was strange to think that this trip very well might be the last one we take with just the six of us as a family. So, I am very grateful that we were able to align all our schedules so we could go together.

The trip has made me reminisce about all the fun family vacations we have had over the years. It’s easy to slip into that nostalgia! But, I am also reminding myself of all the challenges we have had traveling as a family, as well. There are just so many more people to satisfy and so much more to coordinate.

So, my husband and I are planning another vacation in a few months for our anniversaryβ€”just the two of us. And, I am almost giddy thinking about the freedom of just the two of us doing exactly what we want to do with no responsibilities!

And who knows what the future holds. Maybe we will be taking vacations with our kids and their spouses in the future where they will be the ones in charge of the temper tantrums and we will be the ones in charge of spoiling!

The launching years are such a balance between savoring the memories and embracing the future!

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