then to top off the night, he gives me one last present. inside was an itinerary for a weekend away set for february. he informs me that he has arranged for us to go away, kidless, with 3 of my best friends & their husbands. at this point, i begin bawling. i couldn't even speak. when i was finally able to get words out, i explained to him that secretly what i wanted for my birthday was to go away with some of my friends. i never told this to anyone because i figured it would be too difficult to try to arrange schedules and make it work, so i just didn't even bother putting much thought into it or bother bringing it up. as i sat there with tears streaming down my face, all i could think was "only God". only He could arrange the details and prompt my husband to initiate such a gift. i was in total awe!
so, last month we finally had our weekend away (minus one couple because in the end, schedules did not quite align). it was such a sweet retreat, and God provided the most glorious weather that weekend! we didn't have much of an agenda other than eat good food, drink some wine, play cards and enjoy the fact that we would have a whole weekend where we could live right next door to each other!
|sadly, we did not get a group shot|
and of course, having time for just mike and i, strolling hand in hand down cobblestone streets does a little for the soul too. we don't get too many opportunities to go out just the two of us, and honestly, sometimes when we do get an opportunity, we allow eli to tag along because we love being with him so much! but this weekend was so refreshing for us as we got to talk and dream and soak up togetherness.
as we strolled along the river, and i stared out at the horizon where the river appeared to blend with the skyline, i was reminded of a song we had listened to on our drive down to virginia.
|(here is love // matt redman)|
and i just thought, thank you, lord, for knowing me and loving me. because there is nothing on this earth that compares to His love. He knows us, like really knows us, our hearts' desires, our deepest longings, our innermost thoughts, our heartbreaks, our sorrow, what brings us joy, what brings us peace, our deepest needs. He knows. He knows it all, and it's a beautiful reminder to stare into the distance knowing that the God of the universe, the Creator of all things, knows me and loves me with a love vast as the ocean.