Farming is a 365 kind of a job. Animals need to eat, they don’t take time off for holidays, or special occasions. There is always something that needs doing, or to be looked after. Taking time “off” or getting away from the farm for any extended length of time proves to be difficult most of the time. We have many different moving parts in our farming operation, all of which occur during each of the different seasons.
Thus there is never a perfect time to get away!
For the first time since meeting Steve 12+ years ago we took a week long, uninterrupted family vacation! I know, if you know Steve that is VERY hard to believe! Now we have been away for a weekend here or there, or a 3 day camping trip in the summers, but never a full week, just the 6 of us.
During March Break, all 6 of us boarded a plane and headed to Florida. For the littles it was the first time on a plane, to say they were excited is an understatement.
It takes a ton of planning and preparing ahead of time to be able to get away from the farm, for a week. We had to rely on friends and family to keep things afloat for us. Of course they did a great job running our operation in our absence. Both Steve’s parents helped a great deal on the farm and in the store, Nolan spent everyday here busily tackling the daily chores. Kylie helped out by also working in the store. A family friend stayed at the house, looked after the dogs and the comings and goings for the week. We had people on call to help with various tasks. Everything seemed to run fairly smoothly for the most part, only a few quirks and glitches along the way, which is to be expected. All of the animals were healthy and happy, the store seemed to operate without a hitch, and the house was spotless upon our return! Thankfully the snow also stayed away so the snowplowing route didn’t have to be tended to. For Steve all of that meant a very BIG sigh of relief!
Steve was anxious about leaving his cows, as calving time was due to begin right around now. While we were gone, 2 cows calved and had healthy babies. Nolan and Papa Clare did a great job of keeping an eye on them. A very big blessing!
We had a great week in Florida. We had beautiful weather, sunny, warm, blue skies. We had time to relax, lay by the pool, swim, go for bike rides, eat, play multiple hands of UNO, tackle Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom at Disney, and just rest. More then that we had a chance to have uninterrupted time together as a family. We had time to just be ourselves, laugh, joke, pester, have some great conversations and enjoy!
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox
My heart is so very full! As I reflect on the week, look through the pictures and remember the fun, I am so thankful for the special time we had. With the current age of the kids, who knows if this will be the first of the last family vacations, as everyone moves in different directions. Who knows when or if we will get away again. I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity that was given to us, to do this. Time is fleeting, it seems to be moving more quickly each time we turn around.
In some blended families a significant age gap between the kids can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. I love how these four love each other. Of course the bigs can get annoyed by the littles at times, but that’s just part of being siblings in any family. They really do get along well, the bigs look out for and after the littles, and the littles love to have their attention and interaction. I love the memories they will have from this week spent together.
A vacation for this family is kind of like hitting the jackpot, rare. It’s not something that Steve was 100% comfortable with. After spending the week away, disconnected from the everyday, he realized the value exponentially! It’s good to get away, recharge and regroup and come back feeling ready to tackle all things! With Spring upon us, the busy season within reach, it couldn’t have worked out to be better timing if we tried, to take a break from the everyday. So we are ready for Spring, we have made some great family memories, and enjoyed a much needed rest!
A big shout out to the ones in our world who are always willing to lend a hand, who keep things running when we can’t, who love and support us! We have an awesome “village” of people and we couldn’t be more thankful for them!
“Love your family. Spend time, be kind & serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised & today is short.” unknown