Maybe you noticed these pictures on your Instagram feed yesterday?
And then you thought, "Wait. Where did he go?!"
Well, I can't tell you his destination but I can tell you that my husband has been in another country for THREE AND A HALF WEEKS!! If you were to compile every single day that we had been apart since dating, prior to this trip
... it would still not add up to three and a half weeks - 25 days - that we were away from each other at this one time.
If you're new to our blog, I'll fill you in on a few key details...
- JD travels for business pretty frequently.
- Thanks to his gracious company, I am allowed to travel with him unless security/safety issues arise.
- We choose not to post any real-time information when traveling.
I picked him up from the airport with this tears, bright green sign, tears, a box of Cheddar Jack Cheez-Its, tears, and Mama E's pecan mini muffins. Did I mention a terribly dreadful amount of happy tears!?
So we packed up the car, headed home and unpacked the bags. A few minutes after JD said, "I'm going to try to stay up late so I can get re-adjusted to central time," I found him sweetly sleeping with his new business class eye mask covering his eyes on the couch. Hey, he made it to 5 p.m. That's better than I would do.
We woke up at 7:30 in the a.m. and started sorting through his foreign treasures...
How cool is this engraved scroll-holder? JD got our last name engraved in English and Arabic. He suggested we write our vows in calligraphy, age the paper and store them in here. ;) He's awesome.
JD received these tiny houses on his KLM flight. All business class passengers get to choose one on each flight. I'm thinking: Christmas Village material.
Normally they store potpourri in the houses, we think, but they didn't for these because of Customs regulations.
We love collecting things from other countries, especially when they have English on one side and the country's language on the other. Thus, we have a wonderful collection of Coca-Cola products. JD also brought back some Tabasco, Colman's Mustard, Ketchup and Jelly jars. Yum!
And then he pulled out a grocery bag of... chocolate bars. Snickers, Mars, Kit Kat, and Twix bars all with Arabic writing on the sides. Room service would leave them on his bedside table. It will take us at least a couple of months to finish these off, but I was so glad he saved them and brought them back to share with me!!
What did we do to celebrate his return??
We shaved his beard off, devoured Five Guys burgers and fries, and...
we counted / rolled the coins from our finally-filled-up coin jar. And we had so. much. fun! Honestly. We sat there, laughing and talking with music playing in the background, simply counting coins. No TV. No distractions. Just spending the day together. Pure bliss. JD decided we should try to find all 50 states for the quarters and a penny for every
important date in our lives year. The only state we couldn't find was Colorado. We're hoping we'll find it eventually though!
Oh - and we found four "Jesus Christ" coins. "Good For One Dollar In Trade" Haha! We were pumped each time we found one in the jar. Praise the Lord that we do not get into Heaven based on how many Jesus coins we have stashed away in an old coin jar!
Come back Thursday to see how we remained intentional in our marital encouragement during each other's absence.