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Thankful for opportunity to take first family vacation in years last week


It’s hard to believe it finally happened...Our family went away on vacation for a full week without a need to visit family members. With divorced parents living on the east coast throughout our 20 year marriage, my wife Kristy and I had no choice but to schedule our one week long vacation each year to visit my family. We would spend half the week with my father then half the week with my mom before hopping back in the car for a 17 hour journey back to the midwest. While we were blessed to have short getaways from time to time, we never took a full week vacation that involved not visiting family or a close friend. Even the short getaways have been far and few between the last three years since we began our journey as full-time caretaker of my father. Thankfully, God opened up the door this year for our entire family, which included the added treat of our older adopted son joining us. As a former beach goer in my younger years, I had many memories of multiple yearly trips to Ocean City, Md. Unfortunately, I have not been in a position to provide my own children some of those same beach experiences. That changed a little last week when we spent four days in Galveston, Texas.  If you have never been, I strongly encourage you to make this trip. The beach was not busy at all and the scenery was just gorgeous. An added bonus is that your young ones can enjoy a large body of water that is shallow for them. When we left, we made brief stops in Houston, Texas at the arena/stadium venues for the Houston Rockets and Houston Astros. The rest of this trip focused on the interests of my son, who is a senior at Mountain Grove. We first visited the arena for his favorite NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs. We then took a cruise on the famous Riverwalk and stopped by the Alamo.

Next up was a quick stop for my wife in Waco, Texas to see Magnolia Market at the Silos, the home of the stars from the TV show, “Fixer Upper.”

We stopped quickly at Baylor University before heading to Arlington, Texas to take a tour of the beautiful home of the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium. The trip ended with a stop at Dude Perfect Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Again, just thankful God blessed us with this once in a lifetime trip.