Sunday, February 17, 2013

better together

Last night, hubby and I drove through nearly white-out conditions on our way home from an evening with friends.  We listened to Tavis Smiley on the radio and held hands in-between snow drifting and slippy ice.  Much like that one birthday weekend two years ago, we relished the adventure.

This morning we woke up to a thick blanket of white outside.  I just love the way untouched snow makes everything sparkle.

Unlike 2011's sad attempt at a winter, the 2012 season is renewing my faith in the midwest cold.  This year's version has provided deliciously frigid days, and prime snowman-building opportunities.

Our Cleveland romp came a few hours after Cornerstone Chapel's Marriage Conference ended.  Like milk and cookies, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and roses, a  couple can function separately, but are better together.  This was the theme of our gathering, led by Pastors Jerry and Gail Birch.

Side note: I like to think that my husband and I are perfecting our annual photo booth candids with each take.  Compare last year's to this year's:

We may have cheated by going straight to the kiss.  But in this case, I think cheating = winning.

It's true, hubby and I are better together than we are apart. Listening to Jerry and Gail share their stories of personal struggle and redemption (and showing us pictures of their hair in younger years = afro-mazing!), throughout 38 years of marriage, affirmed for us that we're on the right track.  There are plenty of things that distract us in our relationship, but we are each other's lighthouse and home.  We will always find our way back.

Forgive, forgive, forgive.  Laugh.  Hold hands.

Many years ago, we would end each day with a cigarette and check-in on each other's day while puffing away.  Now, we check-in while taking turns holding copper pipes attached to an electrical box and drinking spoonfuls of liquid wormwood (parasite cleanser for our health), catching up on our favorite show, or trading sketches on the app called "Draw Something."  As much as we both love the cold, we also talk about taking afternoon walks around the neighborhood, bike rides on the Towpath, and discovering new hiking trails as soon as the weather warms up.

Whatever we do, it will be better together.

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