Top 5 Signs You Might Need a Vacation

In honor of travel season, I thought I’d put together a list that might help you identify whether or not it’s time for you to get out of town.

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Here are the Top 5 Signs you might need a vacation:

5. You’ve started watching way too many travel shows, including a recent marathon of HGTV House Hunters International

4. Your family is begging you to stop playing Beach Boys music

3. Walmart is starting to feel like a real getaway

2. Those little bags under your eyes are trying to tell you something

1. The last time you took a vacation, flight attendants were called stewardesses and gas was less than $2.00 a gallon.

You may decide to fly the friendly skies or head out on the open road or set sail to some exotic locale, whatever floats your boat. Whatever you do, make it fun!

But if you simply cannot get away, those travel shows are not a bad alternative. Followed by a trip to Walmart to get an eye mask to wear as you lounge in a luxurious bubble bath while listening to the Beach Boys. 🙂

Have you made your vacation plans yet? Please share in the comments.

Blessings!

Gourmet French Fries – A Simple Pleasure

French fries. When it comes to simple pleasures, you can’t get much simpler than that.

But I discovered a dressed up version of this familiar snack on our recent vacation and I can’t stop thinking about it.
Truffle Parmesan Fries. Yum!

They might not look like it, but these little morsels of goodness are so full of flavor they can actually make your taste buds sing. At least that’s what happened to me. 🙂
Idaho potatoes dressed in truffle oil, hand shaved parmesan and italian parsley.
Simple. But oh what a pleasure-packed treat they are. Can’t wait until next time…

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My Summer Vacation

Remember those reports you wrote in elementary school about what you did on your summer vacation? I found mine from third grade and it goes something like this:
“I swam. I played. I had fun.”
Well, my report about the vacation I took last week with my husband might have more words but the essence is the same.

Going on this trip helped me lose some of my stuck-in-a-rut-thinking.

Helped me gain new perspective.
Not hard to do when you are standing on a mountaintop
 looking down over the valley below.

Your mind becomes as clear as the crisp, clean air and
 everything comes into focus, taking your breath away.

All the world more vibrant. More alive.
More exhilarating.
More beautiful.
Sometimes a change of scenery helps to bridge the gap
 between our physical and spiritual selves, giving us a glimpse into the reality of the unseen world that exists just beyond the veil of human understanding.
And God seems closer than ever.
And the cares of life seem so far away.
I guess I could sum up my summer vacation
 the same way my third grade self did.
“I swam. I played. I had fun.”
And I would add just one thing more…
I thank God for allowing me to take this journey. For showing me the incredible beauty of His creation and helping me to
 find the inspiring at every turn.
I hope you enjoyed my summer vacation report as much as
 I enjoyed writing it.
 I look forward to hearing all about your summer adventures!

Vacation Update

My husband and I are blessed to be on vacation this week and I am finding the inspiring everywhere I look. I will post more about my adventures next week. Meanwhile I cannot stop praising God for the beauty of His creation and for giving me the ability to enjoy it.

I hope you are finding inspiration wherever you are today!

Remembering the Real World

I’ve been hit and miss with blogging lately due to a wonderful vacation with my hubby. We decided to take a road trip to Colorado, both to escape the cares of life and the lingering summer heat.

Here is one of our first glimpses of mountain bliss…

We found a quiet garden where we let ourselves be still for a while, breathing in the fresh air and our lovely new surroundings –

Our hearts opening up like this flower to receive God’s gift of rest…

Vacations, the right kind, are like stumbling upon the fountain of youth. They are healing and life-giving. We tried to drink it all in, knowing that our few days here might be hard to recall after our return to “the real world”.

But I’m reminded that the real world is not the one filled with the frenetic activity we call living – it is this. Seen clearly in stillness. We hear it in the silent places, where spirit connects with Spirit and the soul runs free.

So we took the first snapshots with our eyes, recorded them on mind and heart film and then used our digital camera as backup.

Because we do not want to forget…

God, please help us to remember.

“He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate.” Psalm 111: 4 NIV