We have spent the weekend celebrating the combination of my husband's birthday and our anniversary. Friday night we enjoyed our first "Family Game Night' with the Wii Fit my hubby received for his birthday. I hope the sound of the joyful giggles as we played the soccer game will stay ringing in my ears for weeks. What fun!
Saturday morning we journeyed to Atlanta to celebrate with my inlaws. We had a homemade pizza lunch followed by delicious cheesecake. My hubby & I then left the children at their grandparents' for their first ever away-from-home-without-us sleepover. I know it is a little nutty that we have made it almost 5 years before this milestone, but it has been well documented that I have control (overprotectiveness) issues. I just like knowing they are in our little childproofed nest when we are away. God has really been working on my heart about this--challenging me to trust Him. Being obedient and walking in faith this weekend was a big deal for me.
My husband and I enjoyed our afternoon/evening away by taking in Cirque du Soleil's Kooza (breathtaking!) followed by a nice dinner and a night in a fabulous hotel. This morning we slept in until 7:45 and enjoyed a newspaper and leisurely breakfast before reuniting with the children and attending Buckhead Church. We took in a quick lunch at an old favorite haunt, Willy's , before heading home.
As we were driving back home this afternoon, I couldn't help but think that 8 years ago today I was preparing for my first 'redate' with my husband--cautiously excited and completely uncertain about what our future would hold. Exactly 7 years ago today I was getting dressed for my wedding rehearsal, wildly excited and feeling exhilarated over what the future would hold...but certain we could conquer anything together.
Had someone pulled me aside those days and shown me a snapshot of our sweet family enjoying lunch outdoors at Willy's after church today--I would have been completely overwhelmed. I cannot begin to imagine what the snapshot will look like another 7 years from now--and 17 from now when we are empty nesters. I am thankful to serve a God who already knows the 'for better or for worse' that each additional year will bring. Knowing that He goes before us, beside us and behind us as we march into the future together is all the peace I need.
We thank you for your faithfulness to us thus far, O Lord. We trust You with whatever is to come.