We have good friends who live overseas. They travel a lot with their two young children. We met this couple in college…they were dating…my husband and I were dating. They got married young…so did we. However, their love endures. They love the Lord, each other, and have provided some incredible adventures for their young daughter and son. Recently our friend Josh posted this on Facebook (permission given to reprint):
Right now we are in Japan. I love traveling because a trip is like a mini-life.
There is a finite amount of time and you can’t do it all.
You know that choosing to do this precludes that and at the end of the trip you will have to leave.
It is a good reminder that life is a trip and the importance of living in the present.
We are traveling with a five year old and a two year old.
It often feels like running a three-legged race with both of my legs tied.
It is easy to get distracted with the details- train tickets that need to be bought, hotel reservations, soup spilled on clothes, ice cream melted all over a shirt that was supposed to last two days, poopy pants that desperately need to be changed – that we miss the magic of what is in front of us:
two beautiful little children who love us with all their hearts and clamor for our attention.
Life and children are like a trip. They are meant to be enjoyed.
They will be gone soon enough so we might as well sit back with a big smile and enjoy the ride.
Thank you Josh and Sarah for providing such wonderful photos of your journey, the wisdom you share, and the love for one another is evident and overflowing! We will have to meet up for a family vacation with both of our families some time! We love to travel also. Just not quite as much or as a far from home. One day we hope to take our children to Washington D.C., New York City, London, Alaska, and those are just a few of the ideas thrown around by the kids and ourselves. My husband booked us a Disney Magic cruise for next year…we will travel 7 days and visit Mexico as a part of the trip. I have been, but my boys and husband have not. Each day is truly an adventure. Where are you going today? This week? This month? This year? Plan a vacation or stay where you are at…just make memories…pause…enjoy seeing God’s glorious grace around you.
Another perspective on traveling here…