Karen and I are enjoying a week vacation at Amelia Island with our daughter and grandchildren along with her parents, sister and brother-in-law. Last Saturday, we drove up to attend my mom’s side of the family (Marsh’s) reunion in Savannah, Georgia. It was great to see so many cousins and second cousins along with relatives I had never met before who lived as far as El Paso, Texas. It is not always possible to get back to reunions and family gathers and that is one part of being in ministry that Karen and I both regret. We have always felt like our church family is a nice substitute for to aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, but it is not quite the same.
This vacation came at perfect time for me after my recent medical issues, but I am feeling much better and enjoying my grandchildren, golfing and family time. I have tried to take some advice from one of my directors and disconnect from office stuff while I am away, but that is not something I am good at! I have limited myself to once-a-day check-ins. It is good to focus on the importance of family and showing them my undivided attention when I am with them.
My grandsons, Jaxon and Aiden, and I played Putt-Putt on Tuesday with the concern of my daughter and Karen if I could handle them both, but we did great and made it through with just one little melt down – but I got over it! I then spoiled them with a stop at Starbucks for some iced coffee and shakes. I will be back in the office next Monday and I am ready to jump back into our work on the strategic plan, but for now, I am having a blast!