Iíve worried and fretted over the numbers. Iíve argued with my husband over which things absolutely have to get done, and Iíve stayed late at work for almost a week.

So, Iím almost ready for vacation.

Youíd think Iíd be better at this, maybe at least a little less stressed, but Iím not. Each time I run myself ragged and question if itís even worth it.

And each time the answer is yes.

Itís worth it to sit in a car for 22 hours while you desperately search for license plates from Hawaii and Alaska and sing along (badly) to all of Johnny Cashís greatest hits. Itís worth it to pull into Mamaís driveway and know that my kids will sit at her table and eat cornbread and chicken fried steak, just like I ate at my grandmaís table.

Itís worth it to step outside the day-to-day and remember that thereís more to life and more to family than just whatís routine. Itís worth it to have an adventure. To see something new.

Itís worth it whether itís 1,200 miles away or just exploring the next neighborhood over.
Itís worth it.

Even though home is where Iím most comfortable, itís not always the place I can best relax. Sometimes Sabbath is easier away from my to-do list. Sometimes I find God in the unexpected.

So, how can you make space for adventure this week? Is there a small step you can take to spend time with people in a different way? Some place youíve been meaning to stop and check out?

-- If you want to see stunning professional pictures that take you on vacation (if only for a few seconds) visit fromwhereidrone.com and browse the gallery. It will help you appreciate the beauty of this world.

-- If you want to read about a dear friend of mine who spent a few weeks walking the Erie Canal -- and just recently returned from a trip to Thailand -- let me recommend stevemartaindale.com.

Safe travels, both near and far.

If you are interested, Iím offering a free email devotional called Erasing Perfectionism. Just visit SimplyFaithful.com by June 1 and slip your email address in the box on the upper right.

-- Marketta Gregory is a former religion reporter who canít stop writing about what is sacred and holy. She is a native of Oklahoma but makes her home in Rochester, New York, with her husband, two crazy boys and one very vocal Pomeranian. Find more of her writing at SimplyFaithful.com or check out her book, ďSimply Faithful: Finding the Sacred in Everyday Life.Ē