Creating Great Family Memories

We just got back home from a vacation to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, Virginia.  We had a great time seeing all the historic sites and memorials for our great country.  But the sights and sounds weren’t the focus of the trip.  The time with family is the important part of any vacation.

It’s easy to fall into a trap of over-planning the places you visit.  You can fill your schedule up with so many activities that you don’t make time to talk and laugh and play with each other.  In D.C., I was slowly falling into the trap of trying to do too much.  I’m a task-oriented person by nature, so it’s easy for me to go full-steam ahead.  It was a little stressful walking all over D.C. and riding the Metro.  I have always felt pretty safe in D.C., but with my family there, I was a little on edge.  If you have watched Hillbilly Ninja, you know what this Southwest Virginia boy can do.

But after a few days, I’m glad to report that I finally unwound and slowed down and started having fun with the family.  And by the time we got to Williamsburg, we were having a great time.  The kids were wild, we were laughing, and we even saw a few great sights in the process.

You can plan a great trip, but I think it is much better to plan a great vacation with your family.  Don’t forget what is really important.  Create great family memories by having fun together.

It’s good to be back home in the land of sweet tea and friendly people. 😉

Here are a few pictures from our trip.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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