When our summer vacation destination is chosen and it turns out to be Spain, I am NEVER disappointed. Spanish. Sun. Latino flare. High-energy culture. Water all around. Bright colors. More Spanish. Tapas. Paella. Sangria. Repeat.
A huge thank you to Dave and Karen for blessing our family with yet another remarkable vacation. After a few days in one of my favorite cities in the world (Barcelona), this year we headed to Menorca, a little island next to Mallorca and Ibiza.
I am constantly blown away by the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea. I love that this sea has a front seat location in many Bible stories. I love that God’s heart for the whole world culminates around this particular body of water.
Here are a few things that we did.
We unplugged. Entirely. No email. No social media. Frankly, Scarlet, I don’t give a *(*& what the rest of the world is up to this week. I’m taking advantage of the distance. If I don’t get filled up physically, emotionally and spiritually while away this week, I will not be able to pour out and invest in the lives of those in my ministry this fall. This vacation is mission critical for our well-being.
We read. And read. And swim and read some more. I took 12 very outdated (yes, 2014, 2015) Health and Christianity Today magazines that I never got around to reading because of seminary and life. I brought “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell and “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Scazzero. On my iPad I have Covey’s classic leadership book and “Love Does”, just in case I read through everything, which I won’t because I want 8-9 hours of sleep. And I still have to watch my kids in the pool. Dylan’s still only four…
We play with our kids. I went a little crazy on the iPad app downloads, mostly because I finally found a website that I liked with very trustworthy and unique recommendations. educationalappstore.com ~ my favorite are the games that teach your 5 year-old how to do primitive computer programming! So fun! But I think that a pool and daily ice cream will be more than enough.
And now, on the other side of the vacation, I can say that it was EXACTLY as I expected it, expect that the kids were even better deep end (1.7 meters, so about 6 feet) swimmers than I’d ever imagined. What a blessing. Here are few pics, in no particular order.
Departing Day. Experienced Travelers. Dylan is circa 1930s here.
One of the coolest things in Barcelona. That archway is larger than life.
“When you get tired in the pool, just lay on your back and a do a starfish.” ~ Advice from Pani Maria, our Ukrainian swim instructor. They take her advice after having swam from 10a-7pm on many days…
Karen had a milestone birthday this summer. We celebrated it by FINALLY shopping at Desigual, whose home headquarters happen to be in Barcelona. SUCH UNIQUE STUFF THERE!
Father and Son off Binibeca Beach in Menorca.
Pop-Pop with his favorite fish.
Seriously struggling with the selfie stick at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, but loving life, nonetheless.
This scene reminded me of LBI or somewhere on the Jersey Shore. Love the two coolest guys in my life.
Again, a big THANK YOU! to Dave and Karen for the 10th year of above-and-beyond memorable summer vacations. We are eternally grateful, as not only our bodies but also our souls get rest when exploring these one-of-a-kind places. Mucho amor.