Marriage – tricky, intentional, forgiving, exhilarating, adventurous and so beautiful.
Yesterday was my 6th anniversary and I chose to invite my hubby hiking in order to celebrate. He had asked what I wanted to do, and yep, I chose hiking. Now let me say, it probably wasn’t my first choice of what I would have wanted to do, but I am so glad it is what we did. It brought back some really good memories for me, memories that had been buried under the current obligations with kids, jobs and hectic life.
Before we were married we did some hiking and I can specifically remember one of our first dozen dates included a hike that was pivotal in our relationship. The conversation we shared during the 5 hours was uninterrupted and the experience showed us we could conquer something fairly difficult together. This hike had us climbing to a height of around 3500 ft – not an easy task. You can see how high we are from the distance of the ground in the one photo.
Unfortunately as life got busy our hiking adventures disappeared. I enjoy hiking, but my husband RELLY enjoys it. So I knew that by offering this gift to go hiking with him I was creating a perfect opportunity for us to connect. See, I read somewhere or maybe it was just my husband saying that men can connect much better with others when they are physically doing something. He is a good sport and loves to go to dinner, which is one of my favorite romantic dates, but to go play golf together, canoe or go on a physical adventure is true love for him.
So off we went on our hike yesterday morning to Lake Twenty-Two. We are so blessed to live in an area of the country that has unlimited hiking trails and beautiful scenery. Seriously, incredible. I have lived here all my life and am still in awe of the views and sights I get to see. So enjoy a few of the incredible photos of our hike and think of what fun, physical activity you might offer up to do with your honey.
Here we are in the midst of the incredible!
I can see how I have to be much more intentional in my efforts to connect with my husband in this way. It is easy for me to leave all the “dates” and arrangements up to him, he is really good at it – I am lucky! But I need to take a part in planning and engaging in things that he finds enjoyment in as well.
What idea do you have to “connect” with your husband?