When Curt and I were newlyweds my grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary. Everyone on my dad's side of the family traveled to Florida to spend a few days at the beach. My dad had planned the whole thing and I felt that a childhood dream was coming true. We were going to the beach in Florida! You can imagine our shock and, thankfully, laughter when we got to our beach on St. George Island and it looked almost exactly like the Texas Gulf Coast. Leave it to my daddy to have us all come so far to something that resembled his great nation-state. Ha! It was beautiful but it was not what I had pictured. Plus, it stormed the whole time until the morning that we left. Bum-mer!
So, I have been trying to get my husband to take me to this adorable little town called Seaside, Florida, for the last few years. He doesn't just love the beach but I feel more whole when I'm there. I suppose he feels that way in the mountains. I know my mom does. So I finally got the okay from Curtis to explore planning a vacation to Seaside. I was really excited and started looking on VRBO.com right away. Then I sensed the Lord say, "Wait."
The very next day we got an email inviting Curtis to speak at a youth group's beach week in Panama City, Florida. Score! It's in moments like these that I like to say, "God loves Curtis Jones." Because he got to take his family on a beach vacation to Florida without having to pay for it. Can I get an amen?
I was involved in my first youth camp eleven years ago and have participated in some way every year since then. I have always loved it, but things changed when we had kids. It can be really hard to entertain little ones and maintain a good attitude at camp. I've gotten better over time but I've had some dark days at camp. Maybe some of you ministry wives can relate.
This, however, was like the Ritz Carlton of youth camp. I kept thinking, "I've died and gone to youth camp heaven!" It was seriously blissful. Curtis was only needed at night when the kids were already in bed. The condos we stayed in offered free DVD rental, so each night I rented something for Jackson and I to watch together. Curtis' payment was the condo rental, so the church was kind enough to allow us complete family time during the day. This allowed us to drive into Seaside two times that week. It was so much fun. We may never get to do anything like it again, but this gift was definitely not wasted on me.
Since I don't have time to post pictures right now, I'll just ask a question. What's the best working vacation you've ever been on?