Several years ago I wrote about a risky move that our family chose to undertake during the holidays. After a family meeting, we decided to not purchase any gifts for Christmas. Instead, we chose to spend our money on a short cruise between Christmas and New Years. It’s a trip that we still talk about, and it forever changed the trajectory of holidays in our home.
Since then, we’ve focused on giving experiences for Christmas. It’s spread far beyond our immediate family now, too. One year we gave my brother-in-law’s family a membership to a science museum that his girls love. Another year I sent my brother a Groupon for a whiskey tasting in his town. There are all kinds of articles out there now about spending money on experiences instead of stuff.
I have to admit – that risky move really paid off in our family’s life.
And now we’re about to make another risky move…this one involving an actual move.
This risky move also included a family meeting. One where we threw out a crazy, wonderful, outlandish idea to the boys, halfway expecting them to freak out and run out of the house screaming…
Instead, they both whole-heartedly agreed to the idea.
So, in June, our older son will have just graduated from high school and will be preparing for his freshman year of college somewhere to be determined. And at the same time, the rest of us (my husband, our younger son, and myself) will be moving out of the country.
My husband has brilliantly written about it in the 2018 Kenny Family Update. Go ahead – click over to the post and give it a read. You’ll be glad you did.
There’s even more to the story, some of which I can’t wait to share with you all here in the weeks and months to come.
Until then, what do you think? Whether you’re on the “you’re crazy” team, or the “you’re living my dream” team, I’d love to hear your thoughts!