Remember how I said that I wanted this be an honest, vulnerable view of our journey? Remember how I also said that I wanted to share it all with you, even the victories (because, gosh, who wants to just hear the hard stuff?!)? THIS is one of those posts!
I will just begin by saying that our marriage took a HUGE hit while being on the mission field. I will talk more about this at a later time. We truly had lost the ability to speak tenderly to one another. Suffice to say, our marriage was pretty torn and tattered by the time we touched down on U.S. soil.
This season in our lives has been brutiful (beautiful and brutal). There truly have been some amazingly, beautiful gifts that have come, and are still in the works, during this time. This is one of those gifts.
Going from having our kids with us 24/7 to being, what we call, “semi-empty nesters” has been an adjustment for sure. With one kid living in another country, and the other one in school and working, we have lots of extra time for just the two of us. Also, our home in the DR was always full of people coming in and out. We loved that because we wanted the mission house to be a safe place for our sweet DR community.
However, we realize how valuable our solitude is for us now. God has used this gift of time to restore what the enemy tried to destroy.
Most days, I make a home cooked lunch for Mo and I. He schedules his day around this. It is a time that is just for the two of us. Occasionally, because of life, we can’t do this but we usually have this time 4 out of 5 days.
Then, between 3 and 4 o’clock, Mo comes back home, and we have coffee together, either at our kitchen table or sitting in the rocking chairs on our front porch. We have really taken this time to unpack some tough stuff, some hurt emotions, and some dreams and desires for the future. We have learned to listen to one another (mostly) and laugh together again.
These two times in each day are so valuable and precious to us now. We are so thankful that God is allowing this time of quiet, stillness in our marriage. We are so thankful that our marriage is so important to Him that He would give us such a gift of time. He really does love us THAT much!
***I would love to hear the small ways in which you connect with your spouse***