Children Get Older…Get Outside

Creating "Shining Star" Memories Through Travel

Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too  -Fleetwood Mac

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This post is going to be a little different, but I hope you can bare with me.

One thing I loved about blogging in the past was that I shared my heart, but with travel blogging I felt like I had to keep it “business” and not be so personal.  However,  this has made it a struggle to find my voice and get out good content.  So, today, I am going to get a little more personal. However, I still believe this post will inspire you to travel with your family and that is my ultimate purpose. 

I recently saw an image with this quote,

 “Even if they don’t remember the beauty, it becomes a part of them.” 
Yosemite National Park View Along Wawona Road

Finding Our Voice

I’ve spent the last several months trying to hone my focus on this blog.  Are we a Disney blog, are we an Outdoor travel blog, are we a road trip blog? 

Yes! That is the answer!  We are all of those things because are about family memories.  Yes, we are about the destinations that wow. However, at the end of the day we are really about the memories created by those destinations and the journey to get there. 

Family life was not pleasant for me as a child and travel wasn’t something my family did much.  However, a few really great memories I have are the memories of camping and the times we spent at Dollywood together. These memories are shining stars in my childhood. 

Passion Is Born

As I began homeschooling and taking my own children outdoors, a full blown passion to create those shining star memories emerged.  When we stand on a 14,000 foot mountain and stare at God’s amazing creation, we create a memory.  That memory may fade for my children, but it doesn’t disappear.  And one day, I pray, the culmination of those memories will be a part of them.  It will bring a smile. It will be a shining star in their memories. 

In a discussion with some fellow homeschool moms, we discussed the notion even among our worst moments and our imperfect homes, our efforts to create lasting memories don’t go unrewarded.  Even among my sad memories, there are shining stars.  There are memories that bring smiles and fondness to my heart.  Imagine in a home where great effort is being made to create those memories and shining star moments through travel, outdoors, and grand adventures!  Imagine all the shining stars that will be in those memories!

I want to thank you for joining us at VeraVise WOW Travel this past year and I hope that you find then information and the inspiration you need to create shining star memories for your family as you travel. 

California Globetrotter

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3 thoughts on “Children Get Older…Get Outside

  1. With our youngest now graduating university, one thing we’ve discovered is that they do remember. Oh sure, they remember dad going crazy looking for the rental car keys at the beach, but they also remember seeing Yosemite and the Pantheon. They actually did listen when you explained why Redwoods are so big, or why the Vatican isn’t really part of Italy. Who knew? The best thing is that they are now off creating their own “shining star” memories. Although, they could have invited us to come with! 😉 Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

  2. You are so right about creating great memories for your children through family travels. We took our son with us on every trip, no matter how far, since he was 3 years old. He developed a passion for travel and became a good traveler himself. Enjoy your time with them while they are still young. They will grow up before you know it. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  3. I think it’s perfectly fine to be a blog that talks about Disney, Outdoor and Road trips! You’re not tied to one or the other and it’s great to have a variety. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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