May 8, 2012

Celebrating 7 Wonderful Years

This post is a little late, but better late than never I say (actually, I hate being late but I'll pretend it doesn't matter in this instance).

J and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary this past April 24th.  At the beginning of this year, my fabulous sister-in-law insisted we go away by ourselves in April.  She, herself, was taking two weeks off and offered to watch the boys for us the first week of her vacation (I know - she rocks!).  We hesitated because we know our boys can be a handful, but then we finally came to our senses and took her up on the offer.

So we did some research, found an incredible deal on Expedia for a 4-night stay at a gorgeous all-inclusive resort in Cancun.  We were all over that.

I became very sick three days before our trip, in bed with chills, body ache, and 102-103 fever.  We thought we might have to cancel the trip.  But God-willing, the fever broke the night before and we made our flight (of course the boys got sick while we were away; poor babies and Auntie!).

A few short hours later, we arrived in paradise.  This is just what the good doctor ordered.

Words can't describe how beautiful and breathtaking our accommodations at The Beloved Hotel were.  So I'll let the pictures do the talking.

We got to enjoy the local sights.

But the best part was just spending time alone with mi amor, enjoying good food, drinks, swimming, biking, conversation and being together without the distraction of kids (although we missed our sons like crazy and talked about them every day).

People talk about the "7-year itch".  The year when a marriage can become boring and stale, leading one to go astray or walk out on the relationship.  It seems like a pivotal year for many marriages.  Honestly though, we've had harder years (namely our first) and this one has been the most amazing year for us.  We've been through some difficult times (losing a loved one and having a miscarriage), and we've had the challenges and blessings of being parents and I could not ask for a greater partner, friend, or husband through it all.

There is an "itch" and it's an itch to see what's in store for us (the good, the bad, and the ugly), an itch to know this wonderful, loving man in greater ways, and to continue to grow deeper in our relationship as God works in and through our lives -  refining, humbling, and equipping us in our roles as husband and wife.

Looking forward to spending our lifetime, here and for eternity, together.

If you want to see a relationship that has endured and grown through difficult times, you have to watch this video of Ian and Larissa.  The power of Christ's love is amazing, isn't it?


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