Before the children ever moved in we planned a road trip for the first weekend they were all home.
We were going to Oklahoma City to visit with Jill and Alex and to do some back to school shopping at the outlet mall during tax free weekend.
All week we wondered if we would be able to make the trip or if it would be too much.
Thursday morning rolled around and it seemed to be one thing after another.
Andrew looked at me and said, "We can't do this."
I completely agreed but oh how I didn't want to.
He had to be in OKC on Friday for work.
Even if we didn't join him, he was going.
It's not what this momma wanted.
We told a few of the kids we weren't going.
They were heartbroken.
And then Andrew and I decided, wise or not, we were doing this.
We had a family meeting and just broke it down for the kids.
Andrew told them he had to be there regardless and they could join him or not join him. It was their decision.
He told them if they couldn't get along in the van he would turn it around and come home.
We were determined to have a great weekend together.
So Thursday afternoon, several hours after we had planned to leave, all ten of us loaded up in Big Blue for a 5.5 hour drive to OKC.
And we made it.
A mini vacation is exactly what we needed.
Our kids stayed off of social media and didn't talk to boyfriends/girlfriends all weekend.
We simply spent time together as a family.
Sure there was an occasional argument and the occasional frustration, but show me a family who doesn't experience that.
Our children got to meet Aunt Jill, Uncle Alex, Amelia, and Sydney.
It makes my heart swell with joy to see my kids playing with their cousins.
I've missed these two girls.
We could not have been more thankful for Jill & Alex's hospitality. It's no small feat hosting ten loud people for a few days. They took good care of us and loved on us well.
They even helped us do back to school shopping.
We got home late Sunday evening.
We were exhausted.
I was thankful.
I was thankful for a weekend together, time with our family, and for the sweet memories we made.
I was thankful we decided to go for it even when everything in us told us to just stay home.