It is so easy to accumulate things, but it seems like it is getting harder and harder to accumulate memories. As our kids have gotten older, admission prices go up… more hotel space is needed… they eat more. In general, everything is more expensive. Because of this, and our dedication to ridding of debt (Thanks to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace program)… it’s been a while since we have gone on a real family vacation.
Our kids are getting older though, and at this age… well, you begin to feel like time is running out. Before you know it there will be marriages and then they will have their own families. You feel this need to spend as much time together as a family as possible.
Then, when 40 comes knocking on top of all of this… for your own self you begin to question how much stuff you really need. Would you rather have more things or more experiences in life?
And so this Christmas there were far fewer presents under the tree, because we opted for “Presence Over Presents”.
We are fortunate enough to live close to Orlando, to allow for regular visits… and we qualify for the Florida Residents Discount. Until just this year we didn’t even know there were special passes for Florida Residents which afford us an opportunity that otherwise would have been out of our budget. We are looking forward to spending time together versus managing things. We are excited to make memories versus passing the days. We are going to take advantage of whatever time we can to be together when work and school keeps us apart the majority of the week.
Things break. Stuff needs to be repaired. Technology becomes obsolete.
Memories last forever.