Saturday, August 6, 2011


It's a small miracle, but all four of my little boys are sleeping soundly in their beds. We have been counting down "night-nights" for weeks, and when we tucked them in tonight, we finally got to say:


They have been waiting all summer, and it's finally here.

Tomorrow, we start our family vacation!

So, for the next couple of weeks, this blog will be silent. Even though writing Short Stop is a hobby I enjoy so much, I want to focus my attention on my family while we're on vacation. It is my great joy and privilege, as Jason's wife and Momma to Jack, Max, Lincoln, and Whit, to set aside one of the things I love to do every day - to soak up this time with my five guys.

C.J. Mahaney wrote an excellent series a couple of years ago on Leadership and Vacations. He wrote it for fathers, but the principles he teaches about serving and loving our families on vacation really impacted me and apply to Moms, too:

No one should be happier on vacation than we are.
During our vacation our children should repeatedly
observe us smiling and laughing, and throughout the
vacation they should be the objects of our
affection and appreciation.

- C.J. Mahaney

I'll be taking lots of pictures of our adventures - and I'll have a slew of Short Shots 365 photos to share with you when I get back to get all caught up on my little year-long project.

So, as I turn my focus to loving and serving "the objects of [my] affection and appreciation" during this special time together, I hope that you all thoroughly enjoy this last month of summer.

See you in a few weeks!



  1. Have fun!

    When you get home, check this out. It is a Felt Star Wars puppet of Darth Vader.

    I stumbled across this and thought of your family's star wars day on 4 May. :)

  2. That is the smartest thing that I've ever read about vacations. Good for you! You're focusing on what ought to be focused upon, and your children will never forget it.

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