A Christmas Tree is a pretty special thing no matter how you cut it (hah!), but thanks to the foresight of my amazing bride, our tree has really become an amazing thing! This is because of the wonderful habit she developed when we were first married: whenever we travel to a new place or even a favorite place for the third or fourth time, we get a Christmas Tree ornament to hang on our tree. At first I thought it was cool, but now I’m just without words. Kim, the boys, and I all working around the tree as the boxes are unpacked and every few seconds someone exclaims “Yellowstone!”, “New Zealand!”, “Cabbage Key!”, “Stonehenge!”. It ends up taking hours because we laugh and tell stories about the trips to all the places we’ve been together. When the rare “pre-kid” ornament pops up we get the privilege of actually telling the story ourselves rather than having one of the boys tell it (in truth, we’d really rather listen to them tell it…but it is a novel experience).
It is a Blessing Tree and it’s so full! Kim and I are just like everyone else, we’ve done some things wrong and gotten a few right. We’ve taken trips before that it later on turned out we might not have actually been able to afford! But you know what? At Christmas time when we get around the Blessing Tree and tell stories about trips around the world where we’ve been able to take the “homeschool field trip” to another level it just makes it so clear that the time spent together is priceless and we’re so thankful for it.
I’ve got a bunch to say about how to travel with kids, how to travel on a budget, camping, RV’ing, etc. Look for more posts about that type of thing and if anyone has any questions or might be heading to one of the destinations we mentioned, let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Here are some pictures of a few favorite ornaments and our Blessing Tree!
Have a great Christmas! – Tim