When you read that title, did you automatically start singing the theme song from National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation?”
Because I totally did. And now it will be running through my head for approximately the next 568 hours.
In a little while, my family and I are heading to New York City for a week.
Our kids have always wanted to go there and there is no better time for a visit to NYC than at Christmastime.
We plan to see the Radio City Music Spectacular, a Broadway show, and the New York Philharmonic while leaving plenty of free time to explore and soak it all in.
In the past, I always had such unrealistic expectations of vacation. I expected no less than the following:
*being well rested and having tons of energy
*constant smiles and good humor
*absolutely no fighting between my children
*no getting lost trying to find our destination
*one Hallmark moment after another
Totally realistic, right?
Needless to say, things never happened that way.
So this time, I decided to be much more practical.
This quote by Ann Voskamp will frame this particular vacation for me: “I want the moments enough to let go of the mirages.”
No more mirages.
I will let it be whatever it is.
I will meet and embrace the moments ahead with joy.
I will endeavor not to lose sight of the many blessings that we have.
I will thank my beautiful God for giving us this gift of time with my precious family.
I will make memories.
I will laugh off the non-essentials.
I will refuse to let go of my joy, no matter what happens.
By the way, my brother is staying here at the house with Buddy, our Bichon Frise.
Pray for him. 🙂
And by the way…the rumor is that Milton the Moose will soon be making a bloggy appearance, as he is making the trip to NYC with us!