Saturday, May 22, 2010

Family trip to Arkansas

Not a vacation. A trip. Because Brian and I are firm believers that a vacation involves just he and I. Don't get me wrong, we dearly love our kids and love going on family trips with them but our definition of vacation includes not listening to kid movies in the car, not wiping bottoms and not hearing "How much longer till we get there?":)

Our first destination on our trip was to The Crater of Diamonds State Park. Sigh. Hmmmm, where to start...Well somewhere along in our 10 year marriage I learned it's not all about me but still have to come back to that realization.
Really??? I could have sworn I remembered reading in our vows, "For better for worse, for richer for poorer, it's all about Lisa and she gets decide where to go on all the family trips."

Anyhow, you get the picture. Brian really wanted to take the kids there and go digging for diamonds so I put on my old shoes and a smile and got my hands dirty. Caleb, not surprisingly, loved it. Christopher and Caitlin pretty much sat in a wagon and ate snacks the whole time. The funnest part for me was going into the gift shop with Christopher and purchasing a 99cent crystal that looked like a diamond....which we then played a joke on Brian with it. He swears he didn't believe it when he saw it. But I saw him eyein' that sucker close up. :)

None of us got to experience the bell ringing in our honor of finding a diamond but, I'll admit, I did have some fun searching through the mud and imagining myself finding a 40carat diamond. Yes, someone actually found one that size believe or not!

We then went to Lake Catherine State Park where we spent the rest of our time there in a cabin. I felt like I was living in The Little House On the Prarie, so quaint and charming. There was a beautiful dock that was designated just for our cabin where we spent most of our time when we were at the cabin. The boys had a ball fishing. Caleb caught about 15 and Christopher; well, he caught 2, but he can boast that he caught the biggest fish.

An unforgettable moment happened on that dock. I was inside taking a nap with Caitlin and Caleb while Christopher and Brian were out there fishing. When I woke up and went outside Christopher came charging up the steps saying, "I have two things to tell you mom. First, I caught a fish. And second, I stepped on Jesus."
"What? You stepped on Jesus??"
"Yes, I stepped on Jesus."
Then Brian chimed in and said, "He accepted Jesus." Oooohhhhh! Brian shared with me that Christopher, out of the blue, asked him what they do when they go to heaven. Their conversation continued which ended with Brian leading him to Christ.

Really, could it get any better than that? Surrounded by God's beauty on a lake with your daddy and having your daddy talk to you about who God is and shepherding your heart to His. I don't think so. We found a rock for him to keep and paint to remember his spiritual birthday.

We finished off our trip with a hike to a beautiful waterfall, a fun boat ride, a visit to Hot Springs and more than one stop at Cracker Barrel. It was a great family vacation. I mean trip.


Janelle said...

It sounds like you guys had a great "trip" - what a blessing about Christopher!! Celebrating with you!!

Leventhal Family said...

Chills and tears! Yea Christopher! Rejoicing with you! What a great memory maker!