Our family just returned from a two week summer vacation and boy, am I pooped! Instead of opting for one of those slow paced lay-on-the-beach-all-day sort of trips, we decided to take a Mediterranean cruise with 29 of our closest friends. I’ve discovered that seeing Rome in a day is impossible, BUT we sure had a lot of fun trying.
Some of us were celebrating birthdays.
Some of us were celebrating anniversaries.
Many of us were celebrating our children’s high school graduations before they head off to college next month. Did I just say next month? Yikes!
We had an absolute blast and I loved every minute of it. Our family took a vote and it was unanimous. This has been our best vacation EVER.
I know I’ve been out of touch but don’t think for a second that I haven’t been thinking about you. Not a single day went by that I wasn’t wondering what you were up to. As I snapped hundreds of photos in Florence, Tuscany, and Monte Carol, I prayed that God would help me remember all that He was revealing to me, so that I could share it with you, upon my return.
I knew this would be a once-in-a-lifetime trip but I had no idea what a spiritual experience it would be for me. Honestly, I have never felt closer to the Lord in years as I did on this vacation. I sensed His presence like never before.
Gosh, I have enough stories and hair-raising experiences to write a mini-series! This vacation stretched me WAY outside of my comfort zone.
Let’s see, there was the whole “leaving the United States” thing. Then, the adventure of 25+ hours of flying time – all with a gal who has had a fear of flying since she was little (me). Oh yes, not speaking a lick of Spanish, French, or Italian was wonderfully challenging. And, there was that drive along the Amalfi coastline. A nail biter for sure.
I have so much to share and can’t wait to show you some of my pictures.
This morning as I looked inside of our empty refrigerator and passed the laundry room which is filled with mounds and mounds and mounds of dirty clothes, I realized that our exciting European vacation is over. Hey, having someone else cook meals for the last 14 days has been PRICELESS! I think I’ve forgotten how to boil rice. 🙂
I have a lot of catching up to do but while I’m folding clothes, sorting bills and trying to figure out a new way to prepare chicken for dinner, I’ll also be day dreaming about the last two weeks and trying to decide what stories you might enjoy hearing about.
For now, I will leave you with a little teaser…
Have you seen the movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun”? If so, do you remember when Frances (Diane Lane) goes to see Marcello (Raoul Bova) and her heart is broken because she finds him with another woman? Those scenes were filmed in Positano which is a little Italian village located along the Amalfi Coastline in southern Italy. During our trip, we got to spend the day in Positano and walked along some of the streets where a few scenes were filmed.
I’ve featured a picture of Positano above. It is over-the-top gorgeous!
Question: What is your dream vacation and what is keeping you from experiencing it?