God created human beings with the need to have regular rest in their lives - it is why He commanded a Sabbath so long ago. It is probably why He designed us to need 8 or more hours of sleep a night. He knew that we humans would get caught up in the hustle and forget to slow down. He knew that we might spend our whole lives working if He didn't remind us to slow down to enjoy all that He created for us. He knows us so well, that even if we don't understand why, when He tells us to get some rest, we should obey!!
It is simply amazing what a decent amount of sleep can do for a pregnant woman's personality. After a restful, relaxing, restorative vacation in Kauai with the family, I feel more like myself than I have in 24 weeks. Having no convenient Internet access was also a part of the hiatus - it meant that I got behind on blogging, but it also meant that the family had restful time to enjoy each other fully absent of everyday distractions.
Though we have taken other trips with family and friends before, this was our first vacation with just the 3 of us. Probably the last.
We spent a lot of time in the pool...
and collecting special objects at the beach...
|Holding 2 large leaves that doubled as pretend fish|
|Holding a sea cucumber|
Mother's Day was celebrated with brunch and cards and a break from motherly duties like cooking and dishes. Just the way I hope to always celebrate.
I had to throw this picture in because Annike finally looks like me in a photo! She definitely has a lot of Daddy's features, but when she is squinting in the sun with a half smile, she looks a lot like me!
Overall, it was a wonderful time of togetherness. A needed break from the tediums of life. Rest and naps and sleep and more rest that we just don't seem to take time for back at home. The kind of rest that I truly believe God would like us to incorporate more into our everyday routine, if not at least our weekly schedule. What a tremendous gift!