This weekend my husband and I were able to go on a little getaway with some friends to the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The Ozarks – a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year, especially during the autumn season. It was the perfect place to experience all the amazing things this time of the year has to offer.
Oh, and did I mention that it was a kid-free getaway??
The last time my husband and I went on a getaway without children was, oh about …6 years ago, right before Lil’ Man was born. So, if you think we were a little lost the first day (or so) without our three little people bounding along beside us, then you would be correct. I think I texted my mother no less than 100 times that first day. Well, that is not entirely true, it was less than 100 times…but there were quite a few texts sent checking on my little crazies. Of course, some of those texts were sent to check on her and to make sure they hadn’t completely overtaken her sanity.
So the kids? Can you imagine my surprise to find that they not only survived a weekend without me, but also, enjoyed their special weekend getaway as well. This mother’s heart feels exhilaration laced with a hint of dismay at this revelation.
There obviously was not any lack of love or fun in our absence. I’m so thankful for my sweet parents (and my awesome brothers and sister-in-law) who willingly and happily not only took care of our kiddos so that we could get away for a little “us” time, but also filled their little lives with lots of love and special memories.
So, us? We had so much fun together and also with our friends. We laughed, we shopped, we ate (and ate and ate) and just enjoyed the gorgeous mountainous surroundings.
Some of my favorite moments were those that were spent with my husband in the early morning when the sun’s rays were just beginning to find their way through the mass of colored leaves.
One morning we sat on the front porch, he sipped coffee and sketched while I tucked myself against his warm body and read the powerful and moving account in Nehemiah 9:1-38 of an indescribable mercy and love so perfectly given to a people so undeserving – a reflection of my own life’s redemptive story.
He sketched the getaway house that is safely tucked away in the woods.
Another morning, with fingers intertwined, we set out for an early morning hike together. The intricate beauty of nature completely captivated us as we softly tread through leaf laden paths. There, as we breathed in freshness of air, we could feel the freshness of life and love that God was breathing into us, into our mingled souls as husband and wife.
Our little Ozark Mountain getaway – fun, peaceful and just what we needed. It was truly lovely. I don’t think we will be waiting 6 years to have another one.