For the last quarter of 2021 it seemed like all energy was focused on the Living Nativity at Westside Baptist Church. I could (and should) do an entire post about the differences between the first year and the second year of this event. In short, God exceeded our wildest dreams two years in a row. Everyone believed that God was going to do something amazing this year and that provided all the momentum we needed to do the work. In four days, we saw 11,474 people drive through our Living Nativity event. It was by far the most successful event that I have ever been a part of, and what a privilege it was to lead it. So thankful for the opportunity.
Thankfully after both 40ft storage containers were packed to the brim, it was time to go on a family vacation. We left on Sunday afternoon, after church and drove to Maryland where we spent two days skiing with the family at Wisp Ski Resort. We had the time of our lives! Ok, maybe it was just me, but I loved skiing! Our last day of skiing I literally went skiing from 9am to 9pm. I sat on the ski lift for 5 hours that day! We had a wonderful time and then got on the road to spend Christmas with Nana and Papa in Rhode Island. We had a wonderful visit.
Christmas Eve was the most magical winter experience I can ever remember. We woke up to snow everywhere. Went outside and played in the falling snow. made angels, snow men, played with the sled and had a HUGE Christmas Eve Bon Fire! It was Epic in every way!
Christmas Day was perfect. Watched the snow outside and stayed inside playing with the kids all day long.
The day after Christmas I had a surprise planned for Katie. I packed a bag for her, told her I was taking her out to dinner and then I took her to the hotel that we stayed in the night we got married. It was the Westin Providence, and now it is called the Omni. We had such a wonderful date night. We went to one restaurant for dinner, and another for dessert. Walked around and saw all the special sights that we saw 15 years ago. It was a beautiful date.
We left Rhode Island the next day and headed home with a plan to take our time. We stopped in NYC to visit some very special friends. They spontaneously invited us to spend the night with them, and then they took us downtown to Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Time Square and everything in between. It was a wonderful night.
We left the next morning and drove to Alexandria, VA where we stayed for the night. We enjoyed the beauty of the city and had a few fun Uber rides.
The next day we drove to Smithfield, NC where we stayed the night, watched a movie and made our very own Ci-Ci’s Buffet in our hotel room! That was a great memory.
Finally, we made it home on Thursday just in time for the last day of the year on Friday. It was a wonderful trip and I am so thankful that the Lord blessed our family with such a special time together. So what is the takeaway?
WORK HARD / PLAY HARD
Our time of relaxing was so much more appreciated because of the hard work that was put into the season leading up to Christmas.