Best Road Trip Tips (from a family of 7)

Best Road Trip Tips (from a family of 7)

Summer is here and that means it’s time to head out with the family on a few adventures. Whether you are driving thirty minutes to the beach or six hours for a family reunion you will probably be spending some time in the car. All that time cramped together in a tight space, breathing the same air, and no escape other than rest stops can put strains on even the greatest of family relationships. 

Both my husband and I moved away from our families to attend college and we never moved back. This means that the closest family we have is over three hours away. We have been taking road trips since before kids and have kept them up with each addition. The frequency has lessened a bit now that the older kids are in school, but we still make 3 to 6 hour one way drives at least three times each year. 

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Two Mommy-Son dates, Bible journaling, and a scavenger hunt - 6 places I found joy in the chaos this week

Two Mommy-Son dates, Bible journaling, and a scavenger hunt - 6 places I found joy in the chaos this week

It's amazing what a difference a week can make! This week was so much better and when I did feel tensions rising and moods getting ready to turn to the negative I knew what needed to happen. I'd put down the housework, turn on worship music, and we'd cuddle on the couch. Or we'd turn on Just Dance Kids and wiggle until we giggled. It broke the hold that the stress of homework, housework, or whatever else had on us and gave us a chance to simply be together. 

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