Over Labor Day weekend we headed to New York City with my parents in tow. Ready to show them the famed and beloved city they’ve only heard of or seen in movies. Since my parents are older we figured this trip might prove to be a little difficult with all the walking we’d do, but still we felt determined to take them to some of the “must-see” spots in the city. A few were missed, but we feel they definitely got the gist of what NYC is all about.
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.