Joy Battista

"Joy Battista" stands for the Joy of John the Baptist at the presence of Christ.

"And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy." Luke 1:43-44

This blog is dedicated to all who seek the Joy of Christ's presence in their own lives.
This blog is also dedicated to the unborn, for John the Baptist was an unborn when he leapt for joy at the presence of Jesus who was also unborn at the time.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Destination

Our family finally took a "real" vacation this summer from Lincoln, NE to Milwaukee, WI. We travelled all day to reach our destination then we spent the next three days with my sister and her family. We picnicked on Lake Michigan, spent an afternoon at the beach, rode roller coasters at Six Flags near Chicago and attended a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game. We then spent another full day driving home.

Will and I had never been willing to travel that distance because of the age and temperaments of our children. We felt we were finally in the position to handle it with our youngest child almost ready to turn three. With the help of a GPS to guide the way and with ipods, books, ad libs, munchies and a portable dvd player on hand our trip went fairly smoothly. We had a great time. We now know we can do it!!

Now that's the "family vacation". I have often dreamed of taking an "exotic vacation" where we fly away to a cozy resort right off the ocean or next to a mountainside. We would eat at quaint and fancy restaurants, stroll around shops, lay out by a beach or climb a beautiful mountain and sip wine. We would take in some entertainment, go on an excursion or two and come and go as we please. You know what I mean?

With 4 children at home and finances tight, the "exotic vacation" is truly a dream. There was a time too when the "family vacation" was just a dream. One day when my youngest child was about 9 months old I was wishing to go on vacation but was unable to. After feeling sorry for myself for a while my dream for the perfect vacation finally came to an end when I started interacting with my baby. As I was enjoying him the following poem popped into my mind. I hope you enjoy it.

My Destination

When I look at your toes
I need nowhere else to go
I kiss them and count them
and sing a song about them

I have arrived

As I watch you crawl across the floor
there isn’t anything else in life I want more
I see you discover
Everything is new - I relish in you

I have arrived

Then you turn to me - you need to see
I am watching you - I stay by you
and you look and smile
and I melt for a while

I have arrived

Whenever you sleep
especially in my arms
time stands still- Oh….I wish it could
I never understood
but now I do

I have arrived

You squeal with delight
I don’t need to take flight
You are my destination
my ocean, my mountain
my sun and my moon
That’s how God created you


Jennifer said...

Beautiful! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Right Eye said...

Seems we took similar vacations this summer. Laura and I took our 5 kids to Michigan and spent the week with our friends(Jane Donnelly) on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan. It was a great relaxing trip(for the most part) besides dealing with 3 kids under 3.

Laura and I took our "exotic vacation" to the Riviera Maya in Mexico last September... It's funny how God works - our souvenir from the trip was born 9 months later.