If ever I've earned a Spring Break, it's this one. My kids had SB last week because we are in different districts. They took turns coming to school with me. I think they understand my need for more naps this year. Ha!
I'm currently in a car headed to Houston where the hubs and I will board a cruise ship for seven (hopefully) glorious days. We are cruising to Cozumel, Belize and Honduras. I'm hoping to get a good tan to help camouflage the inevitable weight gain. Though, Nick does this we will go to the gym everyday. Yeah, okay (wink, wink).
If you read my blog often, you know how much I love my husband. He is my favorite person in the history of ever. Even if his common sense goes out the window when I'm around and I have to answer stupid questions (ha), I still puffy heart love him BIG.
Nick and I will be married fifteen years this year. When we got married, we made a promise that we would take a vacation alone together every year. Most of them have been to nearby cities in Texas for three days or so but its always been a priority. So is a weekly date night. We go to dinner alone once a week. Sometimes dinner isn't possible and it's just running errands but it's just us. Marriage is so important to us and it doesn't work if we aren't both invested and make time together a priority.
I think people think I'm nuts when I say outside of God, I put my husband first. He is my first priority. You may think that's crazy since I'm a mom of three but I believe that our marriage is the foundation of our family. It's the glue that holds our family together. We we are great, everything wlse just falls into place.
We also want our kids to see that marriage is beautiful. We want them to look at us and think “that is what I want one day.” Of course we gross them out by kissing in front of them on purpose because we think it's funny. Then I tell them when their parents stop kissing, they should be worried.
This is the longest we've ever been away from our kids at the same time. This is definitely the most expensive vacation we've ever taken together too. Those things could be obstacles but this trip is necessary. Adulting is hard. Marriage is hard. I think going somewhere where there is no cell service, no social media and most importantly no distractions makes all the difference. We could spend a ridiculous amount of money for wifi on the ship but really, I want to be completely and totally present this week.
Infertility is another marriage speed bump that I'm happy to escape from for a hot minute. It takes a toll. Medications, waiting, disappointment. Month. After. Month. I think we have both handled it well because our faith is our foundation but that doesn't mean it's easy. I've seen many women who get so consumed that they quit living. All they post on FB is stories of grief. I don't want us to ever be that way. We have hope in God's plan for us and whatever that may be, it has to be okay.
God is our foundation. We are our family's foundation. All of that must be nurtured. So vacation here we come. I'm hoping for tons of laughter, naps, eating, pina coladas, sun soaking and sweet moments.
You really can't put a price tag on that.
Happy Spring Break. Love and virtual hugs.