Many of you know that my husband and I have made a plan to road trip across the US with our two boys to show them the beauty that is sometimes hidden in plain sight. We plan to visit each of the 50 states in our travels. The kids love seeing new places and Jeff and I are astounded by how many gems we find on our trips. This past weekend, Jeff came home from work early on Saturday, packed up a cooler filled with breakfast and lunches (he’s very serious about food), and packed a suitcase for us. After dinner, he put the four of us in the car and took us on a Mother’s Day weekend road trip. We drove a couple hours Saturday evening before stopping at a hotel in Syracuse to spend the night. When we got up the next morning, we drove another two and a half hours to this place. While this is not some undiscovered, hidden find it’s beauty was nothing short of amazing. Despite living not more than 5-6 hours away all my life, I had never been to Niagara Falls. I was awestruck by the magnificence of it.
I love lots of things about our road trips. First and foremost, obviously, is the time we get to spend together as a family. It’s amazing how much less fighting your kids will do with each other (read: none) when they aren’t stuck at home. Secondly, the sights (and the history)!! I mean, how beautiful is this place?? My kids not only love visiting new places, but they also crave facts and information about the places we visit. Jeff and I get to see places we’ve never been to before and we both feel extremely fortunate to be able to provide our children with these experiences. Lastly, road trips bring me peace. I know it sounds absolutely, mind-numbingly painful to be ‘stuck’ in a car for hours with two young children, but (and I hope I don’t jinx myself by admitting this) I’m blessed to have two boys who absolutely love riding in the car for these trips. So, my peace comes from visiting new places with my family and somehow being able to recharge in that time. It just happens. I can’t explain why or how; it just does. This particular trip helped me get to a place where I’m beginning to accept some things in my life that I’ve been struggling to accept. I’m thankful to my husband for planning this little surprise getaway and giving me that peace.