The Joy of Rain – Appreciating the Journey

Hello lovely reader,

Recently, my husband and I have been traveling cross country on an adventure to visit some family in California. For us, the road trip is over 32 hours and on the trip to California, we usually try to make the ride in two days.

Preparing for the trip, or any trip, I seem to get so stressed out and wound up around the preparations and packing that I get frazzled. I know I’m not the only one out there! Most of us are running around thinking about the trip, at least until we get on the road or in the air. However, this trip was especially stressful for me towards the beginning and I continued to get caught up in the rush to get where we were going and the places we would stop along the way.

Then, we were driving through Mississippi and it began to rain. It down poured for about two hours and it was so bad that my husband, a confident driver in the rain, merged to the right lane and slowed down. Suddenly, I realized that we couldn’t control how fast we reached our destination – it was going to be at least 32 hours and we couldn’t control conditions that could slow us down, nor the fact that we would have to stop for rest. We were already a few states from home and it hit me that there was no sense in stressing out the whole way! Why be a bundle of nervous energy and stress when I could be bundle of relaxation and calm?

When that rain started, I realized that we often get caught up in the excitement of arriving to our destination and forget to actually enjoy the journey and adventure that takes us to our destination.

I found that when I sat back and looked out the window, there were so many things to appreciate. The frosted look of the sun setting on a humid day. The beauty of heavy rain drops on the windshield with the green scenery of passing countryside peeking through. Even thinking about other people’s lives as you see them in the passing cities and cars.

Once I realized these things, the road trip itself became a kind of vacation. My hubby and I played road games, told each other stories, rocked out to good music, ate yummy gas station snacks, laughed continually, and really bonded with each other. In the end….I am excited for the return trip!

Question for you reader: What helps you relax while on a trip? How do you break through the stress and if you aren’t one of us worry warts, how do you keep yourself from stressing in the first place? I’m excited to read your comments!

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Mowing The Lawn – A Family Activity

Hello lovely reader,

I don’t know about you, but in our family yard work is almost as bad as going to the doctor. We seem to work ourselves up in to a state of laziness that makes us ultimately despise going out and cleaning up our yard.
However, after a long winter and a lot of a procrastinating, plus all this rain we’ve been getting lately, made it impossible to put off the dreaded chore any longer.

After getting outside, it turned out to be such a beautiful day! The sun was shining but the trees in our yard provided great shade! 19429833_1588341157896770_2928945753126576998_nAnd soon it became a chore that the whole family dived into! I ran the mower, my husband cut back branches and roots, and our fur babies ran about providing laughter and encouragement.

We also had a lovely surprise! Our neighbor kindly offered to lend us his riding lawn mower! Seeing how we have half an acre of land, you can understand how invaluable this was to us! Immediately, the mower was hogged by my hubby who couldn’t help but drive around the yard with a big smile on his face!

Within no time there were smiley faces all around!

The message of today’s post: find joy even in the post tedious of tasks! For those of you with families, let your children join in and find ways to make each other laugh and have fun while completing hard work!

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