Wednesday, January 20, 2010
No Room in the Inn and other thoughts on traveling with a big family
It's that time again. We're headed off on a little fun family excursion. My husband is going to marry a friend of mine, if that makes sense. He's going to perform the marriage ceremony. My girls get to be flower girls. We're driving, of course. It should be an exciting 11 hours in the car. Why don't we fly you may be wondering? I blogged previously about our little airplane mishap that ruined flying for me. It's quite a story if you haven't read it yet.
So, we'll be driving once again. And this time we have a new problem. There is literally no room at the Inn for our family.
You know you have a big family when a Hotel of Suites will not let your family stay in a two room suite. Is this ridiculous? What's the point of a two-room suite if it can't sleep 7 people? Two queen beds and a sleeper sofa. No problem, right? They say it's against the law. I have a hard time believing that, but ok. So we'll be staying in two rooms, but get this. They won't guarentee that the two rooms will be connected or next to one another. The people in reservations say they can request it, but there's no guarentee. (Meanwhile Twinkle Toes is thinking somehow that this means Big D and I will stay in one room with the little kids and she and her brother and sister will have their own room. It is tempting, but I had to rain on her parade.)
I have a couple of thoughts on this predicament.
1. We big families should band together and form a union or something. I mean, everyone else has one. It just stinks that the powers that be in the travel industry can make these laws that require us to rent multiple rooms even when there are obviously enough places to sleep our family.
2. I'm beginning to think the travel industry isn't hurting as badly as they'd like us to think they are. I talked to a dozen people representing half a dozen hotel chains and none of them acted like they especially wanted our business.
3. Now I remember why we seldom go anywhere. And my husband is reminding me once again why he would like an RV.
- I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.