I am fortunate to have married my best friend and together we spent a week on Kauai last week, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We actually were married in October of 1987, but who wants to leave during the best time of the year? So, we took the week of Bethel‘s spring break to get away for a wonderful week together. And we decided we’ll just have 25 weeks of celebration this year as we build up to the big day. That will also give me time to figure out what night ‘out’ will top a week in Kauai.
Well, nothing will. But we’ll see.
We had a great time, our first time to visit Hawaii, exploring the island. As outdoorsy people who work in Christian ministry, we wanted to be ‘out and about’ (versus sitting at a resort) and not spend more money than we had to spend, a real trick when it comes to Hawaii. But, we found a great inexpensive hotel (Garden Island Inn) centrally located in Lihue that was in a great location. Then we drove the various beaches or places we wanted to visit, depending out where the sun was shining (also a trick on Kauai, home to the second wettest spot on earth) and where we wanted to eat.
It was a great week for us as we talked about our life together, our family, and the coming years. With kids in their late teens, each recent year seems to have significance and creates some sort of transition in our lives. We realized this was only our second trip as ‘just us’ since we had kids. We were able to set some goals, but mostly just have a ‘true’ week away, unplugged and taking each day as it came. Which isn’t a bad philosophy for us Westerners to adapt more often.
So, of course we’re in the ‘catch up’ mode now, doing all the work necessary so that you can go on vacation. But we’re still playing Hawaiian music around the house as it snows outside today and feeling ready for the next eight weeks as we wrap up this semester.