This past Sunday was Toot's birthday and our anniversary, as I mentioned. We have been married a dozen years! My hubs decided to surprise me with a night away. Mimi kept the boys and Nana kept Lydie while he whisked me off for 24 hours to ourselves. He chose the hotel where we spent our wedding night together for our stay. He kept hinting at the weekend by saying, "We are going to a place where we REALLY got to know each other." I was certain it was Auburn, our college town. Now, I get it. :) So we get to the hotel and he tells me he got a slight upgrade to our room. To our surprise, the entire hotel was buzzing with children and pets and completely full due to the evacuation for Hurricane Gustav. Consequently, we were upgraded to the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE.
I have zero experience with this type of luxury. This room normally costs $1500 per night. Can you imagine? We paid a teeny tiny fraction of the cost. But we still received the perks: champagne with strawberries, breakfast in bed, a butler on-call, a two story penthouse complete with private roof deck, the works. We decided to eat out, do a little shopping, and spend the rest of the time enjoying the amazing room. We soaked it all up! What a celebration. I don't deserve to have such an amazing husband (much less such an amazing God), they are both so patient and forgiving with me. But I am thankful and pray for more and more years to enjoy this "one flesh", mysterious relationship. It's so wonderful how something so rich and full continues to multiply.
"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorigy the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then , just as Christ accepted you in order to bring praise to God." Romans 15:5-7