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WorldMark® Owners share stories of memorable moments, celebrated occasions, and the hobbies they pursue at their favorite resorts.
Share Your Story Winner: Congratulations to owner Gary Miller of Maricopa, Arizona!
We asked: Have you grown up vacationing with WorldMark®? Whether your childhood was spent at club resorts or you’ve taken your own little ones over the years, we’re looking for stories about kids traveling with WorldMark.
“My healthy marriage and 24 children will continue to grow and value the positive effects of vacationing with WorldMark. Before children in July of 2002, my wife and I bought into WorldMark because we value vacationing with each other to help reduce our stress from the weekly grind at work.
Vacationing helps us to further grow and develop our healthy relationship in a relaxing environment that introduces us to new culture and communities. But there is no greater feeling than receiving a new perspective when you see the glimmer radiating from the eyes of your children.
In 2009, we became licensed foster parents and to date have cared for 24 children. The first two, sibling boys, we adopted.
Most of these children had never experienced going out of town, let alone a family vacation. All of our children at one time or another have experienced various WorldMark properties before their successful reintegration back home with their guardian or in a kinship placement.
We teach children the value of vacationing so that their laughs are pure and genuine, from their hearts. No matter how small or far away the vacation may have been, these new experiences have in some way, shape or form helped our children to overcome the effects of their previous unhealthy family systems.
Our children will always, at the very least, have good memories of their stay at WorldMark and the adventures we experienced during the vacation. Sometimes we may care for as many as three foster children plus our two boys at one time. The resorts accommodate our large family well, and the WorldMark staffs have always been respectful and humble to facilitate our family needs while visiting a property. We have especially enjoyed developing new relationships with other families that are invested in WorldMark because we are not the only family that is a foster caregiver.
Recently, one of our children found a ‘Ben’s Bell’ hanging in a pine tree while adventuring the outskirts of the Pinetop, Arizona, property. A note on the bell instructed the child who found it to take the bell home, hang it, and remember to spread kindness throughout the world because, ‘kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations.’
In the future, owners may also be on the lookout for a ‘Millers’ Bell’ that will be handmade by our family and secretly placed hanging up somewhere on the property, so that we may continue and spread the joy of kindness.”
Interested in reading more stories about WorldMark Owner experiences? Check out past Owner Corner features.
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