Be sure to read all the way to the end if you are a quote collector. I have a surprise for you.
Once again I want to write a bit about our recent vacation.
We had never been to our destination and one of the things we do is follow the weather forecast for several weeks before we go and look at the weather from previous years to get a feel for what we will need to pack.
It looked as though we were going to be traveling during the cool, rainy season so we purchased a couple of better umbrellas, and made sure each of us had a hooded jacket of some sort to help us stay dry if we got caught in the rain. We each spent some time deciding what “layers” we could bring so that we could easily adjust to cool and wet weather.
We live in Minnesota – the home of God’s frozen chosen – but I’m rarely cold. Some of that is because I don’t go outside if it’s really cold, unless I’m forced to, but I also am a warm person who rarely feels cold or chilled. Our minivan with the dual temperature control has saved our marriage more than once.
I first packed mostly short sleeves with a lightweight sweater or jacket, thinking I couldn’t possibly be cold, but others kept telling me it would be windy, rainy, cool, and that I needed to be prepared to be out walking and not get chilled. So slowly I began to replace one short-sleeved outfit for a long-sleeved one, a lightweight sweater for a heavier one.
By the time we left I only had two outfits that would be for warmer weather – everything else would keep me toasty on those damp, windy days outside.
We got caught in the rain once during the entire two weeks. The temperature during the day rarely got below 70 degrees and was usually in the mid-70s and sunny. When we had a breeze it was always refreshing – not cold. Most days we left our motel without our jackets on and came home without them at 10 pm too.
And I had two outfits along to wear every day for two weeks. I did a lot of hand washing and told myself I would rarely see the same people each day so it really didn’t matter. But – there I was for two weeks, dragging my suitcase filled with cold weather clothing but only two outfits I was actually using.
Several other things unique to this trip were the lack of internet connections, no telephone, and no vehicle. We were used to having the ability to connect to the internet most of the time and talk to each other or friends whenever we wanted. Even more than that we were used to being independent and hopping into our vehicle and going wherever we wanted to go.
So how did we do?
During those days I had many opportunities to rethink my possessions and I’m sure other family members did too.
Philippians 4:12 says:
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
I was proud of how well our young adults did with these changes. It isn’t easy to do things in ways that you have never done before, but they all were able to rise to the challenge.
One thing I did well without was mosquitoes – I enjoyed leisurely walks outdoors without covering myself in repellant or suffering with bites for days.
Now for my surprise for quote lovers like myself – a friend Kelsie Gunn, posted some of her favorite quotes and I thought you might enjoy seeing if you could glean any new ones for your list.
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