Prior to taking this trip, I wasn’t sure if we should do it. Should people take fancy, extravagant trips? Is it the best use of resources? Would my children be ok without us? What would they eat? When would they sleep? What if they were sad? But now post-trip I can say with certainty that it was the right thing to do. I know beyond doubt that the timing was providential, and it was a gift to our little family. Every marriage needs to be tended. I know that this will not always be done with time spent at a piece of paradise. But after squirreling away some pennies and my mom’s generous offer to keep our children, we decided that Mexico would be the place we would recharge. For all that lies behind and for all that lies ahead, this trip was an oasis for us. We treasured the opportunity to relax and laugh and soak up some sunshine. In every marriage there are broken places. Places where we have hurt and disappointed each other. And those wounds either lay unexamined and raw or get a chance to heal up.
We talk alot in our relationship. I feel like that is a strength we have together. But in real life, that talking has to be squeezed into a crazy schedule and often done over the noise of two little people who need alot of attention. This trip gave us the opportunity to talk and talk and talk. Uninterrupted. It gave our weeds a chance to get pulled and allowed new things to blossom. This man. His intentional love and leadership deepen my gratitude to be his wife.
And his dark and handsome looks don’t hurt. Then there’s the luxury. Oh the luxury of food that I did not have to plan or prepare! I had this french toast every day and memorized it’s perfection. I read an entire book. This has not happened in years. I have a stack of books at my bedside that are all half finished. It’s some new complex I have. I usually don’t have opportunities to sit an read for long periods of time, so I never get engrossed. And I’ve missed that feeling.
The Accidental Tourist was the perfect piece of fiction to get lost in. Bonus-it was set in the city we live in, so I knew every reference to streets and places. Very fun. The colors were beautiful. I have never seen water that blue. Beverages were included. Can’t complain about that. We are so grateful to Saint Susu and Pops for taking stellar care of our precious ones!! EBug and BB had an absolute blast with jaunts to the zoo and parks and play places. I wish Susu were a blogger so I could know all the details of their week, but I know that our children’s tanks were filled with love and precious memories.
And special thanks to Steph for providing my beach wardrobe! So fun to feel like I had new clothes for a week!We are really feeling the Lord’s pull on our family. We know that He has a plan for us and a desire for us to build His kingdom. In the ways He is reshaping our hearts and broadening our perspective, I sense that there may be hard things ahead. Hard decisions and uncomfortable changes. I couldn’t help thinking the whole time, that this trip to recharge was purposeful. A purpose beyond just “getting away from it all.” It was a gracious pocket of calm and rest, and we are so thankful.