The Scenic Route in Marriage

No beach trip this summer . . . bummer!! For several years, my wife and I have begun the summer season with a trip to North Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head Island.

Well. thanks to COVID, our plans, like yours, have been constantly rearranged. Oh well , , , we have just continued on the scenic route in our marriage.

Since I love to drive, and my wife likes to ride, we have enjoyed many, many journeys over the years. Some short, some medium and some very long. No matter, every trip is an event, an adventure on the scenic route.

This past Saturday night, I told my wife to bring a change of clothes to church on Sunday and be prepared to head out after our morning ministries.

Watagua Lake has been our “most-go-to place” since the middle of March, so the destination decision was not difficult. Our afternoon trip began with an “On the Go Order” from Dunkin Donuts for refreshing iced tea. Then it was a stop at KFC for a four-piece grilled chicken dinner to go. Our favorite spot at the lake is Watagua Point. Since it was Labor Day weekend, all the picnic tables were taken. No problem. We grabbed our camping chairs and found a somewhat shady spot with a fabulous view of the lake and the mountains in the background. Just being together was all we needed.

After dinner, Denise took a nap, and I read. We chatted, prayed, took pictures, went for a walk, shared the blessings from the morning church gatherings, and just enjoyed being together.

The key to taking the scenic route in marriage is just simply enjoying the journey and most of all, the one you are with!! We made memories. We made an intentional investment in our marriage. We held hands, kissed, and hugged each other. As we say, “We like us!”

No matter whether your beach trip has been cancelled or COVID has rearranged your plans, you are still married. Make the investments. Enjoy the scenic route.

4 thoughts on “The Scenic Route in Marriage

  1. Carrie September 8, 2020 / 8:41 am

    Love this! It’s so true. . my husband and I have been married 26 years (he’s a pastor, like you). Our $ has been a bit tight many times, but we squeeze in little times together and we’ve cultivated a love for simple pleasures. Having sense of humor has bonded us together too. Thanks for sharing this; great encouragement to keep on!

    • Dale September 8, 2020 / 8:49 am

      Thank you, Carrie, for your encouragement as well!! And thanks for reading. Keep making the investments on the scenic route.

  2. Leif Price October 13, 2020 / 12:18 am

    Enjoy the scenic route too, Dale. Enjoyed reading your blog!

    • Dale October 13, 2020 / 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Leif, for reading and commenting!!

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