Vacation stirs up the old demons of insecurity, undeservedness (is that a word?) fear, etc in our RAD kids. As I look back over the last 10 years, none of our vacations have been uneventful. Always manipulation and anger and acting out. With M and S just getting used to being around each other again I didn’t have tremendously high hopes for our week at the beach. Sometimes it’s best to have little hope and be surprised!
We had two days to readjust to everyone being together (including my oldest Rachel) before her beau came and spent a few days with us. The adjustment is always a little rocky because we all lead separate lives and then are thrown together into a small apartment, for better or worse. I was determined that this week would be good because it will probably be the last vacation we have together before Rachel gets married and Joshua graduates from high school. There were some rocky moments but it was the best vacation we’ve had in years. I think we all (at least us older folks!!) realized it takes work to get along and put aside your desires for the good of the family. I am so thankful for the time together and great pictures to remember the trip. God is good!