When we started talking about missions, Nate and I talked to alot of missionaries about their experience and asked for advice. There was one practical tip that we kept hearing again and again, and it went something like this: “Support raising is hard. Moving to another country is hard. In between support raising and moving, TAKE A BREAK. Get away without the kids, take a second honeymoon, and relax. Because it will probably be a long time before you get to do it again. Do it for your sanity, and do it for your marriage.”
I don’t know about the rest of it, because I’m not there yet, but I can attest to the first part… Support raising is hard. And exhausting. And when you’re in the middle of raising money, planning for an international move, selling all your stuff, raising twin toddlers, and pursuing foreign adoption, it’s really easy for most of your conversations to suddenly revolve around that day’s to-do list. Nate and I have tried to be really intentional about making sure we check in with each other constantly on how we’re doing, and not just what we’re doing. Even so, life in general is a little overwhelming at the moment.
Thankfully, we heeded the advice of so many veteran missionaries, and we booked our vacation earlier this year. Our trip happens to be this next week, and the timing couldn’t be better. I’m ready.
Back when we were looking at potential vacation spots, I had several criteria in mind, but at the top of the list were 1.) privacy, 2.) an awesome view, and 3.) a front porch with a rocking chair. I told Nate, “If we are exhausted by then, I want the option to sit in a rocking chair and do nothing but look at something gorgeous for a solid week.” Little did I know how true that statement would be.
We’re heading up to Gatlinburg, where we booked a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere with awesome mountain views. Close enough to Chattanooga that we can drop the boys off with Nate’s mom on the way, but far enough that we feel like we’re really getting away. All we have on the agenda is porch sitting, picnicking, reading, good conversation, and one fancy date night. Other than that, we’re winging it. And I’m ecstatic.
And just to show you that I was serious about my criteria, here’s a couple pics of the cabin we’re headed to. Check, check, and check.
When we get back, it’s full steam ahead with no breaks till Bogota. And after a week glued to that rocking chair, I think I might be sane enough to tackle it (: