August has been a busy month marked by good summer fun with the kids, lots of canning for me, and the usual stresses of the corporate world + commute for Eric. It's easy to slowly and silently drift apart, unless you are mindful of the effort needed not to.
Eric and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary, and we enjoyed a fun little weekend getaway. We have come to realize just how important it is for us to get away - even if just for one night. Honest and vulnerable communication happens which fosters trust and intimacy and that draws us closer and locks our hearts together again.
We have a beautiful life and I am so thankful for all that the Lord has blessed us with - really there is just too much to list here.
I am especially thankful for our little home in the quiet woods, which 28 years ago was a dream we thought would only ever remain a dream.But Eric knows my salt-water heart yearns for the sea something fierce. I know he knows because his salt-water heart does too.
What better thing then than a weekend getaway by the water.
We started with lunch at a Hawaiian restaurant in Everett.
Then we spent the afternoon in the little seaside town of Edmonds walking around, holding hands, poking in cute shops and independent bookstores, and enjoying the farmer's market.
Then we headed up to Mukilteo where we walked along the beach and talked and kissed and laughed.
Our hotel was right on the water. :-)
He has loved me sacrificially. Over the years he has given up things that were important to him because he thought it the best way to provide and protect and nurture me.
He has done what was commanded... "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her" Ephesians 5:25
"It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18
I alone have the privilege to be his wife. I alone have the privilege to complete him. I alone have the privilege to support him like no other can, because no other is made suitable for him. God brought us together. Of that I have NO doubt!
It was so good to celebrate "us" - To refocus and refresh our hearts with thankfulness for each other and gratitude to the Lord.
To talk of the future and dream a little.
Eric saw this little guy hidden among the pebbles.
I saw the view through this hole in the log.
It's how it is with us - often he sees the details, and I see the broader picture.
I think that's precisely God's design - the compliment that completes. Marriage is just that.