Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gratituesday: Weekend Away

If you think me and the Mr. have it all together, let me assure you - we don't. We are so far from "together," girlfriends. Last week was living proof - it was full blown crazy. It was one of those weeks where work stress rolled over into home life and lack of self control made us lose our cool a few times and by Wednesday night we were a big ball o' nasty-emotional-messy-grumpy-poo-heads. I use "we" lightly. It was probably 80% me and 20% Nathan. Of course, if you would've asked me that last week I would've given you different percentages. When we're in the thick of stubbornness, we're soooo right, aren't we? 

If there's one thing I've learned in this baby two-year old marriage of ours, it's that our fights often have some common variables: 1.) We haven't spent enough time together, 2.) We're tired, 3.) We're feeling pressure at work, and/or 4.) We're not spending enough time in the Word. Last week, all 4 of those variables were present if that gives you any indication of what might have gone down in the Atwood Casa. 

So, when Friday rolled around, it could not have come at a better time. We'd had an Adirondacks fall foliage weekend getaway planned for a while and it came like a sweet breath of fresh air blowing on our week of emotional ashes. Can any of you relate? 

We were only gone for two days, but it felt like a week of rejuvenation. We shut off. We listened. We communicated. We apologized. We prayed. We praised. We watched a sunset and sunrise together. We sang. We laughed. We made out. ;) And by the end of the day on Saturday, we were back to normal. 

I'm not saying there won't be any more nasty-emotional-messy-grumpy-poo-head moments in our marriage, but I am so thankful for grace . . . getting back to the basics . . . hitting rewind . . .and learning more and more what it means to love our spouse like God commands. 

And because I can't describe in words the beauty of what we saw this weekend, here are some of my man's photos to give you an idea . . . 

I am so thankful we serve a creative, relational, forgiving and grace-filled God. 

This post is linked to Gratituesday, hosted each week by Heavenly Homemakers

Go in Grace, 


  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these photos. They are so beautiful!!

  2. Beautiful photos! Those away times to reconnect are so important.

  3. Rachel, I think we can all relate to this post. So thankful you got away and got back to the good stuff. It is always needed!
    Your Hubby's pictures are gorgeous!
    So glad y'all had a relaxing trip. Thank God for His glory!

  4. Love this post. Isn't it funny how we can do those things and have those "poopy head" moments with the ones we love the most?

    And how easy it is to reconnect and figure out why you fell in love in the first place? God is so awesome and its so nice ya'll were able to be reminded of that in your weekend away. Your love is a gift! I was reminded of that too this weekend with my man......

    Bless you for posting!


  5. I was hoping you'd share your pictures! Glad you had such a great weekend!

  6. oh, friend, you are so right! I'm so glad that you had that weekend - the timing was perfect for your souls & for your marriage.


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