Going on vacation with four little ones will definitely test your patience (especially the last 2-4 hours of the drive home). Nothing happens fast. Even the smallest things (i.e. bathroom breaks) take a long time, but it's worth it. (And Dad needs to work on his patience anyway.) The only bad thing about vacation is coming home with more weight and less money. Can't do much about the latter, but I will need to get back to work on the former!
I am taking one more week away from church, and will do a little fishing and catching up on things around the house. It has been a marathon summer for me. In the last six weeks I have been to Montana, Chicago, New Orleans, and Alabama. Now it is time to get back into routine. But routine is good in its own way too. We are blessed. God is good.