To make today even more special, it is my husband and my anniversary. Four years ago today we said "I do" and I am so grateful to have married a man that believes as I do that love is an action to be carried out, not just a feeling in the moment. It is often observable at home in our day to day life but sometimes that gets taken for granted. Out on the road with a toddler and the usual road trip hiccups that come along it is easy to see all the actions of love that we share.
My amazing husband did the cooking and most the cleaning. We rented a small teardrop trailer for the first time to test out if it was something we would like to purchase moving forward and my husband took care of most the set-up and take-down at each location on our travels. He shared the duty of wearing the hiking carrier when my toddler was too tired and having her on my back was making me too winded. And he rolled with the curves that came our way, like my head cold and my daughter's teething and diarrhea. He helped us to all have a great time and even helped my daughter get passed some of her bug-phobia. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and celebrate another year and many more to come.
Watching my daughter on this trip opened my eyes even more to the duality of a two year old. One moment she was putting on her hiking backpack and declaring she was off on an adventure, bold and brave and seemingly so grown. Then a little while later she was needing snuggles and tired and fingers stuffed in her mouth as she tried to ease the teething pressure. Thank goodness for this duality because while I do not enjoy seeing my child uncomfortable it definitely eased my mommy heart to know she isn't so grown up just yet.
And as for me? The first couple days were a bit rough with my head cold but my husband's help, daughter's excitement, and beauty of nature carried me through. The rest of the trip was just pure beauty and relaxation. For me, the hikes were the best part. Just being out in nature and listening to the soft sounds with my family was so healing. I also enjoyed stopping at the butterfly house and being surrounded by the beauty of so many different types of butterflies all fluttering around us. It is as if nature restored some cracks that had formed through the pressures of everyday life. And now that I feel this peaceful, completeness; I will strive to keep it as my balance and check-in meter as I return to the routine.
I'm so grateful for the week away. I'm grateful I chose to release the responsibility of posting for my blog and just allowing my personal journal to be filled with my gratitude. I'm grateful for all the amazing work my husband did to make this trip go so smoothly and to assist me when I was not at one hundred percent. I'm grateful for my daughter's joy and eagerness to explore. I'm even grateful for the tears she spilled over the return of the camper because it encourages us to take her on these adventures more often. I'm grateful for the peacefulness I feel now as I return to regular life and I'm grateful to have a slower week to return to before diving into some intense pre-maternity leave weeks. I'm grateful to celebrate four years with my husband in marriage and to see how much we have grown and changed in even that short time. I'm grateful our changes enhance our relationship. And I'm grateful for my amazing family that will soon be blessed with one more member.
What fills your heart? When was the last time you unplugged and stepped into nature?
May today bring blessings we often overlook and may our eyes be opened to all the beauty around us. Have a beautiful day!