Visiting the Sevierville/Gatlinburg Area
This year we headed up to a cabin (for the first time) and stayed in Sevierville for the first half of Thanksgiving week. We booked our cabin through Airbnb very last minute (so thankfully we found something) and stayed with my sister and her family.
Although we were very late in planning and booking this trip, it all turned out amazing. The cabin was so cute and quaint. The weather was pretty cold, but the views were so delightful!
This past weekend we went on our an annual marriage retreat held by our former church in Miami, partnered with a church in Dover. It was held at Naples Grande Resort, a beautiful location right by the Gulf Coast that had it’s own private access to the beach. This year we weren’t so sure that we would be able to attend but God’s plan was that we should not miss this year’s retreat, making it our 5th year in a row being able to attend. It has been pretty awesome to see how God has kept us coming back for two more years, now photographing memories for all the wonderful couples participating and learning more about each other for our very own marriage.
The way the marriage retreat works is we stay for the weekend at a resort on the west coast of Florida (Friday night through Sunday midday) and meet with the group for some sessions. Typically there is a set theme for the weekend that ties together all topics discussed. This year it was about taking the mystery out of marriage. During these sessions we get to learn more about each other, our needs, how we each think and are wired, and what a healthy godly marriage looks like. We listen to important pointers, break out into discussion groups, and participate in competitions with your spouse against other couples for the chance to win a prize.
Our morning cup of coffee or well shot of espresso.
Our morning coffee is something that we take very seriously at our home. It is a rule to not leave the house if we haven’t had our morning shot. Now we’d love the ability to wake up to the smell of a fresh brewed cup of coffee in the morning, but the kind of coffee we drink kind of doesn’t allow for that to happen. See we like espresso coffee made out of a Moka pot and we like our coffee strong, but sweet.
We drink Cuban coffee, as is of our culture to do so. So we are usually packing some Bustelo or Café La LLave into our moka pot, adding some water, and placing it on the stove to brew. Once we remove it from the stove we make some espumita. That is basically a coat of sugar that we add to our espresso to make it sweet. And when we say this is sweet espresso we mean it. It’s sweet.