Post-Vacation Blues

There’s the old and oft-overused phrase: Home sweet home. I love my home. I love my family. I love my friends. But I’ve never once said I’m ready to come home from a vacation. It seems after every trip, I enter into a period I’ll call Post-Vacation Blues. Hence, my non-activity on the blog this week. Even before vacation, I pre-planned and scheduled blog posts, so you wouldn’t even miss me. But now that I’m home, I just can’t get back into routine. I’m trying to figure out why. Is it discontent? Is it a break from reality? Is it that I just could live in the sun 24/7, 365 days a year? Or is it that I dreaded the huge pile of laundry that reminded me the hot weather was over? Most people come home refreshed and relaxed. Vacation just leaves me wanting more — more of a place where turquoise beaches, pools, hot sun and 85 degrees exist.

We had the perfect family vacation to the Riveria Maya, Mexico, for spring break. We stayed at Ocean Coral & Turquesa, an all-inclusive resort about 20 miles south of Cancun. Our room had a gorgeous view of the ocean and resort grounds. It was awesome. And I didn’t want to come home. I have 400+ photos from our trip, so I’ll spare you from all of those. Here are just a few snapshots of our week.


The beach at our resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

dolphin kissing

My daughter’s dream of swimming with the dolphins came true.

Maravilla Natural de Mexico

Swimming/snorkeling at Xel-Ha

xelha zipline

Ziplining into the water at Xel-Ha

pool bar

The calm of the pool bar in the morning…

hammocks pool One thing you’ll learn about me, if you don’t know already, is that I love to read. Another bonus to vacation is that I can escape into a few stories while I’m away. I read four books while sitting poolside: Orphan Train, The Antelope in the Living Room, Ordinary People, and The Thorn Birds. Each one of them completely different, and so enjoyable. If you like historical fiction, read the Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, which transitions between contemporary Maine and depression-era Minnesota. Orphan trains carried thousands of abandoned children from the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest as potential adoptees, and this book follows the life of one of those children. The Antelope in the Living Room, by Melanie Shankle, is a hilarious laugh-out-loud book about marriage. {Seriously, I sat in the pool pictured above and laughed so loud I’m sure my fellow poolmates thought I was crazy.} Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, is a tale about a typical American family dealing with the death of one of their sons. Finally, The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough, was first written about 25 years ago. It’s about a family in the Australian outback living through the Great Depression and two world wars, and each main character tells a different part of the story. If you’re looking for some good reads, check them out!

Immeasurably More

One early morning I went to the gym and then stopped to pray and do my devotional time on the nearly-empty beach. As I looked out over the water, tears started flowing down my face. They were tears not of sadness, but of pure joy. I was flooded with an overwhelming feeling. In that moment, I felt that God was showing me that his love, plans and goodness are so much bigger and deeper than I can imagine — much like that vast ocean, where I couldn’t see an end. So powerful. This was the photo I took to remember that message.

morning beachAnd it totally reminded me of Ephesians 3:18.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power … to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

And my favorite verse:

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us….”

Amen. That, my friends, is sweet.

So, do you come home from vacation relaxed and refreshed, or wishing, like I do, that vacations would never end?

2 Comments on Post-Vacation Blues

  1. Michele
    March 21, 2015 at 1:56 am (3 years ago)

    I missed traveling to Mexico this year. Your post “nailed” many of my sentiments. Thanks!

  2. Tracie
    March 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm (3 years ago)

    What a perfect post. I know exactly what you mean about returning home. I spend the first week back thinking, “Last Monday we were sitting on the beach.”

    How sweet that despite all of the fun and excitement of being on vacation you were able to recognize God’s hand in it all.


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