Remember your honeymoon?

Oh how I wish we were back in Grand Cayman. In the middle of the coldest winter we have had in 7 years, it makes me severely long for a beach. Any beach! Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the sun and sand. The waves lapping against the shore. The salty, refreshing breeze that comes in off the water. The ocean soothes my soul. It is the place I honestly feel closer to God than anywhere else. I don’t know if it is because I can feel the enormity of God in the view around me, or if it is how small I am in the midst of His creation, and even though I am small in, He loves me.

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My honeymoon with Matt was perfect! It was time for us to stop after our whirlwind dating/engagement/marriage, so we could focus on one another. It was a time with no interruptions from kids, or work, or life. Our biggest decisions were what time to snorkel and what to eat! It was glorious! There were so many unforgettable moments on that trip that I don’t even know where to begin! We arrived into a beautiful hotel starving! We walked about 2 blocks to this little cafe where there were chickens and roosters running around outside. We had the most delicious brunch. We enjoyed exploring our hotel and the local area. We rented Mustang convertible to explore the island, literally, the whole island, one end to the other! In the rain, driving on the opposite side of the road. We found a turtle sanctuary, ruins, ship wrecks, a huge geyser “The Blow Holes”, shopping, delicious food, and the best mango we have ever eaten that we purchased on the side of the road from a local kid. One day, after discussing our lunch options, the hotel concierge encouraged us to go to this local spot up the road. We picked our fish out from the guy on the side of the road/beachside and fresh caught! We then took it to the water front restaurant where they would cook it however you wanted it. Oh my sweet Lord!!!  So delicious!

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Once we discovered the snorkeling off the beach at our hotel, we were hooked!!! We were taken into this beautiful underwater world, that I had never experienced before.  We just held hands and explored together. We didn’t spend a lot of time sitting and reading on this trip, most of it was spent in the water! Yet another wonder of God’s creations that we were able to be a part of. In the midst of the chaos of this world around us, under that water was silence, beauty, adventure, awe, and love.

I am one to get out on the beach as quickly as I possibly can.  There is nothing like that first moment of digging your perfectly manicured toes down in the sand. Give me a beach and a good book, and my fanny can sit in the sand for hours on end.  Then I married Matt. He by far has been my greatest adventure! As for personalities, we could not be more different. He is a textbook extrovert, I am an introvert. He is a talker, I am quiet. He wakes up and is ready to conquer the whole world. I wake up and am ready the kill anyone who speaks to me too soon. He likes coffee, I like tea. However, our differences have made us a better pair. It has made me more open to adventure and trying new things. It has made Matt learn how to slow down, and relax.  Sometimes now, we run away so the we can have some uninterrupted time together. (That’s hard to do with 5 kids!)  It has become something we both look forward to. Time to focus on us, to slow down and relax, dream together, enjoy a new adventure.

We are able to travel, which is something I have always wanted to be able to enjoy and do. Matt’s job affords us this luxury! We are able to use points and sky miles for our trips that he gains from  traveling with work. It is also something we are also passionate about doing together, not only as a couple, but also a family. What is your dream adventure? Where would you go? We have done so many fun trips that we cannot wait to see where the road leads us next.

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By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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