Sunshine and Warm Tropical Breezes
Amidst the bone chilling temperatures and post-Christmas spirit slump, our family was blessed to spend some time away from home earlier this month. A trip to St. Thomas had us longing for golden skin and sunny skies long before we reached our destination. The weather certainly did not disappoint us, though it did make our return trip a bit more difficult.
We found plenty of time for relaxation while we were there. As the men slept in, the ladies in our group spent mornings simply relaxing by the ocean-side, reading books, sipping coffee and peacefully taking in the breathtaking view around us. I found it to be a really wonderful time for prayer and reflection and simply just being there with God without the normal distractions that sometimes interfere with my quiet time.
Unlike many trips in our past, our days were not pre-planned and full to bursting with activities and outings and adventures. We let our days unfold gently, sometimes visiting a beach (Magen’s and Sapphire were absolutely beautiful) or shopping our way through the stores of Charlotte Amalie. Friday was our adventuresome day when we kayaked to Hassel Island, hiked to Fort Willoughby, snorkeled on a reef and even went parasailing! It was incredible to experience so many new things!
Our family was not inseparable the entire week and we did enjoy individual activities from time to time. It was the evenings that united us as we always seemed to come together at the table, whether we were enjoying a meal or simply a competitive game of Trivial Pursuit. I think that speaks a lot for us and who we are. We all have different ideas and dreams that send us down separate paths at times. But at the end of the day, the most important things in life are the people beside us. Life is nothing if we have no one to live it with or experience it with. All the joys and sorrows can be shared and there are no better people on earth to share it with than your family. I know they are the ones I will always turn to.
As the grand finale to a sweet and memorable Christmas break with my siblings, I feel so blessed that we were able to spend time together. I always get the same deliriously happy feeling when our family is all in one place and I believe that is when we are truly home! -Kate