Every year we whisk away to one of our favorite family destinations.
We always look forward to this little getaway
and the memory making that takes place, too.
Come along, as I share some of our favorite memories...
The boys invented a crazy dance called, "Dance Like A Jaguar."
We decided to get groovy and busted some DLAJ moves.
(I can teach you sometime, if you want!)
See that deer over there on the right?!
He was totally checking out our moves.
I'm sure he was secretly wishin' he could "dance like a jaguar" too.
Flashback to 2013:
Deer thought: "Crazy boy, what exactly are you doing?!"
I'm happy to share that BW enjoyed interacting with the deer
more than their poo this year.
This hotel is so much fun,
even the pictures can't keep up!
(Excuse the blurriness!)
We always love the time we spend here.
There are water parks-
and this huge, extra awesome, amazing indoor play area.
(That's where we spend most of our time!)
It's 3 stories high, and you can shoot foam balls at people.
We play until we can't play anymore.
It's a blast.
Thanks for coming along on our little get away!
I have one last photo to share with you-
It is amazing in so many ways.
This little deer was sleeping on our first walk through the park.
Check out his camouflage!
When we came through the second time,
he was awake, and walking around.
I love how his cute little face was looking right at me.
After sharing my photos with you tonight,
I feel my heart beat with joy.
There is so much to be joyful for.
While reading my son's devotion tonight,
we talked about attitudes.
We talked about how we have the ability and strength to CHOOSE JOY.
We talked about how joy shows people around us that we belong to Jesus.
We talked about the value of joy,
and we talked about how no one can steal our joy, unless we let them.
We agreed to commit to helping each other remember this.
If one of us is struggling with a bad attitude,
we'll quietly remind each other of our white board memory verse:
1 Thessalonians 15:18-
"Be joyful always,
Give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
If someone is struggling with their attitude,
we will ask them if they think they need to pray.
If they say, "no,"
we will pray for them,
and then we will talk about joy,
and things we can be joyful for.
A mini vacation is always good-
good for the memories,
good for the break from every day life,
and good for reflection.
I'm thankful for the memories we created,
the time we had to be free,
and the simple reminder that joy is always available.
We just need to choose it.
What are you feeling joyful about, reader?