Travel Talk

September 16, 2011

in the generous life

© Marius Hainal | Dreamstime.comMy husband and I just traveled 2,070 miles together … by car. Yes, we are officially nuts. Actually it was quite fun. We had to travel for the day job, but my husband scheduled it so that we could see friends along the way and see a bit more of the South (USA). Aside from the heat (ug), it was absolutely beautiful.

There are several things that I could point to for tip ideas:

1)  Traveling can give you opportunity to talk.  However, you don’t want to use this time to force a discussion about difficult subjects, just enjoy the companionable silence mixed with conversation.  (I read some as well.  We bought an interesting book written by a friend of ours. Journeys to Significance: Charting a Leadership Course from the Life of Paul (aff link).  We read a bit, talked a bit, thought a bit and then read some more.)

2) Shared experiences build your sense of being a couple.  Paul and I are not likely to forget the time we ate alligator together.  Yes, I ate alligator.  It was breaded, fried and dipped in cocktail sauce.  With enough cocktail sauce I can get just about anything down (except perhaps boiled peanuts).

3) It’s good to hang out with marriage-friendly couples and learn from them.  I was so encouraged by the stories that these folks shared with us.  Their wisdom and insight was … incredible.

We met with:
Stu & Lisa of Stupendous Marriage
Scott and Jenni of Journey to Surrender
Tom & Debi of The Romantic Vineyard
Eddiey & Judy of Parish Hermitage
Nathan & Lori (and so many other friends) from Christian Challenge
Sarah of Anonymous8

I’m waaaay tired, but I had lovely talk time with my sweetie and we were able to spend time with wonderful folks.  Sort of makes up for coming home to 3 weeks of dust on everything and stuff growing in the toilet.

Image credit © Marius Hainal | Dreamstime.com

Be generous! Lori <><

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J (Hot, Holy & Humorous) September 16, 2011 at 5:14 am

That sounds like a fabulous trip! I like alligator. It’s a little tough, though.

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Jamie Allen September 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

We drove approximately 2800 miles in 6 days just a couple weeks ago and it was one of the best times we’ve ever had. Sometimes the silence speaks more than our words could! It was a huge time of renewal for us!

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Mollie September 16, 2011 at 6:40 am

We are currently in a move across the country 3033 miles! (stopping in Wyoming to work on an aunts house…) But we use the travel time to chat, and listen to books on tape. One book I really wanted us both to read was Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson, now my hubby isnt a reader, so this was the perfect time for both of us to “read” it, and the added benefit of doing it together so we could discuss it! We also listened to the Chronicles of Narnia (theatrical version) when the kids were awake… great teaching tool for our little 4 year old! We have another couple days left on our drive trip (probably starting next week) and I am looking forward to that time when we are together and get to chat!

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Rachel Lynn September 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

My husband and I just got back from an 8-day driving vacation. A little over 2,000 miles all over the east coast, from Delaware down to South Carolina. It was a wonderful time and we tried alligator for the first time too! I thought it was very yummy and what we had wasn’t tough at all, it was a little softer and finer than chicken.

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