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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Canada, Eh?

Oh, yeah.
You see this picture? We're going there.
I'm not saying exactly when we're going there, because I'm sure creepy people read blogs too...but considering that our house sitters include the biggest guy we know at our church and his lovely wife, I'm not worried.
Rusty and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We went to Canada on our first honeymoon. (This is our second honeymoon! Yay!) We LOVED Canada! It's beautiful...the bathrooms are beautiful...the sewage plants are probably even beautiful. They hang flowers on everything. McDonalds is beautiful.
Last time we went to British Columbia, visiting Whistler and Vancouver. The exchange rate was way in our favor then. We had, what I always tell our Countdown couples, the best week of our life!
We have always wanted to go back, and now we are! We are taking another honeymoon. This time to Lake Louise. As you can see from this picture, it's amazing. The high will be around 50-60 degrees!!! That's reason enough for me to go. I'm packing fleece!FLEECE! I'm so excited. We're going to hike a lot. I've never done much hiking, but in my mind, I think I like it. We have filled out our Last Will and Testament, just in case we get eaten by bears. I'm pretty sure we put some un-suspecting people on the back-up list of who gets our four kids. It might be you. Are you scared?
5 days with just Rusty and I in the moutains of Canada is more happiness than my brain can compute. I'm super excited.
I can't help but ponder, in how many ways are we different from our honeymoon 10 years ago?
Four kids is pretty obvious. We're parents. We have four little people in common.
We totally love each other now, just like then, but our love has evolved and changed. We know each other better, obviously. Brand new and exciting has been replaced with read-your-thoughts and familiar, which is NOT inferior, by the way! I would still say we're smitten with one another.
We're obviously 10 years older. Hopefully, we're a little wiser.
Sleeping in on a trip has exponentially greater value. Wow.
I can't wait. I can't wait to give my husband my full attention for five days and enjoy him. I can't wait to look at mountains and read while wearing fleece. I can't wait to sit by a fire! I can't wait to eat without getting up 10 times each, and with a much lower noise level. I can't wait to just talk...talking is good.
Just let me note, we're not "getting away" because we don't love our life and our children. We do! But as married people, every now and then (in our case, every five years) we need to take a trip for more than one night and soak each other in...remember all the things we do and are together on our own...share our hearts...we were a couple before our bundles of blessings came along, and will be a couple when they fly from our nest. Maintaining that identity is important, and making it a priority takes a little fighting sometimes.
Every couple does this differently. Every couple has to identify what THEY need in order to keep this in perspective.
We'll be holding hands, taking in the breath-taking scenery, and NOT sweating for five days. I can't wait.


Ana said...

Sounds wonderful! Hope you guys have a blast and come home refreshed! Happy 10 years to you!

Emily said...

WHOOHOOO! I'm so excited for you guys! Have a great time eh!


Arlene said...

I am so excited for you guys! Enjoy your second honeymoon! Love you!

The Roberts' said...

what fun!! josh & i want to go back to canada one day too. the weather is amazing! i can't wait to see pictures!

lisasmith said...

It was so great to see you and I'm so happy for you. You were acting like it was your first honeymoon! Just a testimony to God's goodness in your marriage!

The Crawfords said...

YEAH Jenn... this is where we went and stayed on our honeymoon! We would go back in a heartbeat! It was WONDERFUL and you will love the hiking part of it (just make sure you get one of those bear bells... worth the money! ha! You need to go on the scenic drive, we would stop at all the cool points and get out for 30 minutes or more. There are maps for this! Very fun to see Canada without people telling us where to go. We also LOVED the Columbian Ice Fields. Standing on a massive glacier puts you in awe of our Creator! One more thing... you need to go on a Gondola ride across the tops of the mountains. You are almost certain to see brown bears!!!! ;) Have so much fun! Miss you guys! Are you staying at the Cheatue Lake Louise? It was incredible!

Julie said...

Yea! I'm excited for you guys and I love your perspective in that you're not "getting away" but valuing your relationship and taking the time to nurture it. Sounds wonderful! Take pictures!
Julie :)

The Vann's said...

SOO FUN!!! I know you are going to have a blast but I also know that you are going to be dieing to get back and hug and love on those incredibly adorable kids of yours! I hope that ya'll have an amazing time and enjoy every second of it! We will be praying for your babysitters :-)!!!

Mary Helen said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a great trip!

jeanna said...

Keeping our husbands a priority is very important. I can't believe you guys have been married for 10 years already, Justin and I will celebrate our nine year anniversary in Oct. It was very neat to come across your blog. I have one too www.jeannachilders.blogspot.com. In case the last name throws you off, it is Jeanna Adams from Magnolia. Glad to see all that God is doing in your and your families lives.

Angie said...

I just want to say that I am SO pumped about your honeymoon, because you are my mentor's mentor, I was the proud and very thankful recipient of a free hour massage today. WHOO HOO!!! I feel like a new person!

Thanks for not using your gift certificate and having to pass it on. LOVED IT! and I miss you!