Last week my husband had to be in San Diego for a doctor’s appointment. We decided to turn it into a fun trip for just the two of us. We had 4 wonderful days together with no distractions. No meetings, appointments, car pools, cleaning or helping with homework. It was wonderful!
The drive down was long. I was exhausted from the busy past few weeks so it was nice to sit and relax with nothing to do for hours. We did stop for breakfast in Santa Nella at our favorite stop, Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant. For many years it was our family tradition to stop there with the kids on the way down to Disneyland. Although, the past few years we haven’t stopped. We’re usually in such a rush to get to Disneyland so we could start having ‘fun’ we missed out on the interesting conversation we always have when sitting around a table together.
We arrived in San Diego by mid afternoon. We had a beautiful view from our room and were able to watch several military boats head out to sea. The evening was filled with walking around the Gaslamp district. With so many restaurant choices it was hard to decide where to eat. We finally ended up at Fred’s Mexican Café. The food was delicious! I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Mexican food.
The first day of our getaway was heaven! The second day didn’t start off so well. Our GPS decided to take us the long way around to the doctor’s office and it was a little confusing to understand where to turn. So with each turn we missed it had us go further and further out of our way. Now that I think back to the situation, it’s pretty funny. However, at the time, it was very stressful. Robert was freaking out convinced we were going to miss the appointment and acting as if we already had. It took everything in me not to lecture him about his attitude. Thankfully, when we arrived at the doctor’s office the doctor was running late too!
The appointment went well and within a few hours we were back on the road, heading for Disneyland! We spent the next 2 days holding hands while walking around Disneyland. It felt as if we were in a fairytale. I experienced Disneyland in a way I never had before. Being able to look at and experience everything without having children pulling me in multiple directions was magical! While standing in some of the lines a recording would come on saying something like “…keep your hands and feet in, and please, watch your children”. We would look at each other and laugh every time, because we didn’t have any with us.
A few times while in Disneyland we were asked if we were celebrating anything. Robert would always tell them we were celebrating how a year ago I gave him a kidney and saved his life. Each time it opened up the door for us to share our faith with them. We had some amazing God centered conversations with different employees of Disneyland. It was absolutely beautiful.
I know we each have busy schedules and it’s hard to make time for our spouses. I’ve learned the importance of spending time together, with no distractions. I also believe God will bless us and our families when we do this. Whether it be snuggling up on the couch watching a movie, having a meal together, or getting away for a day. It’s important to take the time to connect.
Remember Genesis 2:18 says The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
I don’t think we can be the helper God created us to be for our spouse if we are not connected, committed, to our spouse. I believe spending time together is important.
My prayer for us today ~ Lord, I thank you for creating the man as the spiritual leader and the woman as his helper. I pray you give us each the desire to fulfill our role in a way that is glorifying to You, Amen