As the end of another school year draws to a close, I’m always thinking about our goals for the year, and what we have achieved.
Almost three years ago we took an EPIC trip to San Francisco. We live in Georgia, so this trip took some saving, careful planning, and lots of prayer. At the very end of our trip we were walking through the quaint little town of Sausalito, and we saw this in a shop window:
We talked about how cool it would be to visit as many states as possible before our children leave home.
Realistically, with my husband’s work schedule and our finances, I wondered how much we could really travel.
It’s funny, though, how God can open doors if you are really living for HIM and put your mind to realizing your dreams.
Since that time we have made trips to New York, Colorado, Wyoming, and various other little states in between. We have taken a boat under Niagara Falls, walked the Oregon Trail, and spent time in The Redwood Forest!
The kids have fun earning Junior Ranger badges wherever we go, and also designing some Interest Led Homeschool Units based on our travels.
We always find God in the most amazing places on our travels. I’ve seen him clearly in a homeless person in California, a kind old man in an ER in Wyoming, and a stranger at a rest area.
We are learning how to save money in other areas of our life so we can take more trips and visit more places. We are learning ways to travel frugally and we are figuring out how to use my husband’s vacation time to the best of our advantage.
God has created so many amazing and beautiful places for our enjoyment, and we want to share that beauty with our children! We also want our children to learn to share God’s love WHEREVER they go.
It’s been a couple of months since our last “trip” and we’re all getting a bit antsy.
This summer our goal is to visit some places in the coastal region of the Southeastern US that are new to us. We want to have another most excellent learning road trip some time within the next few months.
It’s fun to look back on the year and remember visiting a fort along the Oregon Trail with my children. We’ve stood on the beach in Florida and watched dolphins, and been amazed at God’s creation in The Garden of the Gods in Colorado.
Long term trip goals include Washington D.C, The Grand Canyon, and Canada.
What is a long term goal or dream you have for your family?
AND, can you suggest a fun place for us to put on our travel bucket list?
Mary is a former public school music educator and piano teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Music and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She is now a homeschooling mom of two who seeks to learn and share about all things education! Her days are filled with music lessons, baseball practice, church work, and the blessing of time with her precious children. She blogs at Homegrown Learners and is a member of the iHomeschool Network.