Monday, August 3, 2015

Making Time For Vacation: The Importance Of Rest AND Our Weekly Blog Party!

Hebrews 4:11a "So let us do our best to enter that rest...."

How do we obtain balance? What exactly does it mean to be 'balanced'?

 I believe it is vital in this work-crazed society of ours to at least AIM
 for this state of 'equilibrium' in our lives...

Although it may always be in a state of 'flux', I feel it's always worth it to keep trying!

I've often had to learn the hard way:
too much work & you end up burned out & disillusioned with life.
Too little work leads to frustration & boredom.

Neither extreme being productive or well balanced.

Finding the RIGHT balance seems to be an elusive goal that 
we work on for the duration of our lives...however we must never give up!


For the past six years, my family & I have made a four hour trek
up north to a small township called Bancroft.

It's absolutely gorgeous up there, but we actually don't come up for 
the landscape.

We make the journey so that we can join with friends & strangers 
to participate in what is called, 'family camp'.

All sorts of activities, meals & inspirational time are spent together
as part of a spiritual retreat & get away. It is inclusive to both adults AND the kids!

It has become the week that all of our children look forward to every single year...


Here are a just a few of the highlights from 2015:

Campfire Time

Rock Jumping: Getting Ready 

 One Of My Sons Making The 35 Foot Jump!

An Attempt At A Family Shot

The Main Beach Front

The Dining Room Hall: Serving Hannah Birthday Cake

The Main Playground: Saying Farewell To Friends

I feel like we, as a society, are much too overworked.
As such, we don't always see the benefit or importance of a time of rest.

If asked how one is doing, how many of us respond with 'busy', or 'stressed'...

If we're not doing actual paid work, we tend to be'working' on 
this project or that. Trying to achieve this goal or that one.

We often don't even know HOW to slow down...
But I would argue that scheduling vacation time is a necessity.


Being away for a week of camp was both refreshing & rejuvenating for me.
Right down to my very core.

I was able to have some time by myself (thanks to my hubby) &
even time to write (journal).

A highlight for me was getting to do one of my absolute fav activities: swimming!
I swam across the lake three times over the course of the week.
(note: only one way!)

I went on some lovely walks.
Had the privilege of hearing an amazing band lead us with inspirational music.
Heard motivating & thought-provoking messages from a local speaker.

And met some new friends.
Loved everyday of it!

My one son summed it up this way,
"Mom, we've already been gone too long. I wish we could go back &
live there all year long!!!"

Although that wouldn't be practical, it demonstrates even
a child's need for a break from the mundane & often monotonous daily grind 
that we all find ourselves in.


So to sum up this post??

If you haven't taken a vacation, ensure that you schedule some down time
for yourself & your family. You won't regret it!

The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party

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  1. Thank you for the party, Rachael! It's been a while, but I'm glad to be back. (#130 and 131) I loved the sewing tutorials on the maxi skirts (#77) and the handkerchief apron (#127). Have a great week! I'm glad you had an awesome vacation.

    1. So nice to have you back with us!!! Great posts :)

  2. Hello, Rachael! I found my way to you thanks to Google+ and am so glad I did! I've been blessed by your Mom 2 Mom Link-Up for awhile now but was "connected" first via My Joy Filled Life. Anyway, I SO agree with you on the value and importance of family vacation time. Our family is preparing for a week away soon, and as it may be the "last" of its kind before my older daughter jumps into a summer job next year, I am planning to savor every moment! Thank you so much for hosting so graciously...I'm glad to "meet" you today! :)

    1. Hi Elizabeth!! So glad you could join us :) I know I read your blog yesterday & enjoyed connecting. I think we have some things in common...namely we're Mamas & we both LOVE chocolate, hahaha!!!

      Thanks for linking up with us & coming by the blog :) Hope you have a great week!

  3. I found your blog through The Modest Mom Blog. I'm so glad I did. I'll have to join in on the link up party.



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