four days

in just four days, brian and i will be taking off for a week in Hawaii! thanks to angie and bryan, papa and dado, and christi for holding down the fort! needless to say, we are THRILLED! it's actually, honestly hard to imagine right now- there is so much to be done to get things in order for us to leave: schedules, instructions, groceries, cleaning, lists galore, PACKING :), etc. i've kinda been so focused on getting out the door, that i've almost forgotten where i'm going. today i must order a few novels to bring and schedule a pedicure!! (i know, i know, now you're really feeling sorry for me!) (i'd welcome book recommendations too, i definitely want to get another anne lamott novel, i just read "traveling mercies" not too long ago and LOVED it...)

i'm totally looking forward to all of the typical wonderful things about a relaxing vacation, but way beyond that i'm so excited about just being with brian. our marriage has definitely been "squeezed" in the past years by so much transition (7 moves and almost 4 babies in 9 years... whew.) that needless to say, it's easy to crawl into that routine rut and survival mode which doesn't do a whole lot to create a thriving marriage. Yet, in the midst of all the past craziness, my love for that guy just grows and grows. i know God deserves all the credit for this... brian and i equally bring our baggage to the table and equally cause problems in our marriage... we are selfish and unconcerned for the other, but God stops us and reminds us because we are forgiven we can forgive and because we are loved so much, we can love.
so, i'm not sure how my post on HI turned into this little marriage testimonial, but i'm just so humbled by what God has given me in brian and just so thankful that i get to celebrate with him this next week!
(oh, and if you remember, PLEASE say a prayer that my kids would do well for our dear friends and family... what an amazing gift they are giving us to allow us to get away like this!!!)