Monday, June 4, 2007

What I Learned on Vacation

I like the beach, but I love the country. I love the deciduous trees, the unsalted breeze, winding country roads, seeing baby cows frolicking in the fields as I make make my way back from the grocery store, the lush green grass, and the hills. The coast was nice to visit, but I don't want to live there.

I love my cat. Yes, the hair can get annoying, but I really and truly missed him. And he missed me.

Rootbeer tastes excellent in a pilsner glass over crushed ice.

I love desktop computers. I don't really like laptops. From the screen to the mouse, to the way that blogs look, I'll take my desktop. Although I was glad for Verne's work computer while we travelled!

I love my house. It's as close to perfect as I can imagine. If I tried to improve it, I'd probably screw it up.

I love small towns. Cities are great for shopping and such, but I like it where people know each other.

I miss going to worship when I can't attend. Even one Sunday away seems like an eternity. My soul needs to be refreshed by hearing God's word preached.

I am not God, and sometimes a break is good for me. I can't be everything to everyone all the time. Oh, I 'd like to be. Really. I love taking care of people, but it was nice to be taken care of for a change.

I have great children. We had a great time spending every waking minute together. No arguments. Pleases and thank yous. Appreciation for the trip that we took. Where did they come from?

My life has meaning. I knew that it did, but I realize it in a different way. My role as a homemaker has had a significant influence on my husband. He did the cooking and dishes all week. You'd be amazed if you knew my husband when we met. He was a slob. Lovable, but a mess! He's come a long way. I'll elaborate about this in a separate post.

I am blessed. Blessed to know the Creator of the universe. Blessed with a wonderful family. Blessed to live where I can worship freely. Blessed with good friends.

I came home with more than a souvenir. I came home with a full heart.

12 comments:

Becky said...

You sound very refreshed. Just as it should be after a vacation. And being away always makes home a bit sweeter.

I'm with you about all of it. The beach is nice to visit but ... And I prefer a small town to a big city. I like the country roads and the pretty trees and flowers and intimate kind of life. Knowing people, enjoying who they are. Yep, I agree with you on all of it.

Except the cat part. I am so very allergic to cats that I can't even allow myself to think about them. Achoo! See what I mean?

Daughter of the King said...

great reminder of all the things that God Blesses us with that we can take for granted...

HOME...how wonderful it is...

I think this is my first time visiting your blog...delightful!

Deby

Tracy said...

Welcome, Deby! I hope that you come back soon!

Christy said...

I am so glad you are home safe, and so glad that you had a great time.

I am with you and Dorothy...there is no place like home!

It sounds like you have a great family and such a sweet hubby!

Penless Thoughts said...

What a sweet post, Tracy :o)
Susan

Lori B said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation.

I agree it is fun to get away to those places, but I'm ever so grateful to be back home. I like to visit the city to but I like to live in my small town too.

Kelli said...

Welcome back! I loved your last sentence, what a wonderful blessing!! I'm so glad you had a fun and relaxing time!

Kelli

Anna S said...

I'm glad you're back, and that you came refreshed from your vacation! Whenever I come back from spending a few days away from home, I always notice a few small additional blessings I somehow missed before. As if stepping back for a while gives you a better perspective! So wonderful.

Ruth said...

How awesome!! I love what you learned. Welcome home, and I'm so glad you had a great time.

Sheri said...

Thank you for sharing your "full heart" Tracy. You are one special woman and I'm always so blessed to hear about your life, what God is teaching you, and how you are being used by Him. Especially in your home!

And, I always miss my dog when we go on trips. Ha!

Elise said...

I'm so glad it was a relaxing time!

And *nudge nudge* - I live in a small town, pop. 176. Come on over! Everyone knows everyone! :)

Christie Belle said...

I'm glad you had a good time! It is always nice to get back to home sweet home though.