‘For those of you thinking of taking your family on vacation but you’re not 100% sure, TAKE. THE. TRIP.’

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“It’s still pretty early in summer, so for those of you thinking of taking your family on vacation but you’re not 100% sure, take the trip.

You may worry about money, finances, work days missed, kids behavior, etc, but don’t. Just do it. Take the trip.

A few years ago during a funeral visitation, I remember walking up to a casket to a grieving husband, friend, father. He left my husband and I with words we’ll never forget and since then we have lived those words. He told us no matter what, when it’s all said and done, you need memories because sometimes that’s all you have left. You need to take those trips with your kids. Every single one you talk about. If you have to put it on the credit card (a reasonable amount) and pay it off later, take the trip.

Even if it’s just for a couple of days, take the trip.

You can make more money. You may not get the opportunity to make more memories. When your kids are older, that’s what you have left.

On our trip we’ve laughed, had fun, slept very little, watched our kids fall to the ground and make sand angels during family pictures, and borderline bout lost our minds because our toddlers were so tired & off schedule they could barely function. Does any of that really matter? No, because we’re headed home with memories that you can’t replace.

My kids seen and experienced things they can’t see and do at home. They saw a sea turtle, crabs, fish, sting rays, and 3 manta rays swam within inches of my husband and 4 year old. That’s an experience you can’t replace. Take the trip.

My kids laughing and reliving moments that happened on this trip is more than priceless to me.

Take the trip.

Parents, if you’re worried about not having a long vacation, your kids don’t care, just take a few days and make memories.

Time is precious & we’re not promised tomorrow.

Trust me.
TAKE. THE. TRIP.”

 

Courtesy Vickie Tate

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