As our six years with the teens we mentor comes to a close, we have decided to take a break. A 30 day break from what our life has been these past six years. Nearly every night of the week for the past six years, we have been go-go-go. Volunteer work, juggling different friend groups, and trying to fit in time together just us here and there where we can. And lots of house projects. They are never ending, ha! And even before that we had college and graduate school and juggling multiple part time jobs and hobbies and friends. We’ve always been the types to have a packed full schedule. And honestly, we love that fast paced life style. We thrive on it. But after so long without a real break, we need to stop and breathe.
I want to call it “30 days of rest” but that wouldn’t really be accurate. We are taking 30 days off from normal life, but we’re going to fill those days with time together. Date nights, trips together, romance, and adventure. I.Am.So.Excited. 😀
We will still go to church on Sunday mornings and work Monday-Friday (while we’re in town), but all our evenings and weekends will be ours for just us. Every rare now and then over the past few years we’ll take a week and spend it like this and it’s wonderful. So I can’t tell you how excited I am for us to be doing this for 30 days!
We will also spend a lot of time in prayer over these 30 days as we try to decide where life is taking us next. It would be so easy for us to immediately fill up all of our time again with the next volunteer organization (and believe me, I’ve got a list of places I want to get involved with!), but we want to be discerning. We want to give of ourselves and serve, but we also want to be better about carving out set time for us.
Currently we make a point to spend an hour together at the end of every day, talking and praying together before bed. And we try to have at least one date night in per week. But often that date night gets sacrificed. So we want to spend 30 days together, almost like a honeymoon. To laugh and play together. To spend a solid chunk of time together. And to intentionally plan out what our next year will look like.
Our 30 days will be bookended by two trips. We are beginning this time together on August 10th which is the Monday before we head to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic for a relaxing trip celebrating our seven year anniversary. And we will end the 30 days on September 8th which is the day we return home from a fast paced, adventuresome trip to NYC. I’m looking forward to relaxing together and adventuring together not only on these trips, but also all throughout the 30 days.
This week is packed full like normal in order to spend time with people we love before we disappear for 30 days. It’s going to be a great week. And an awesome 30 days after that!
We are ready for adventure! (Halloween 2014)