Hello all.  I hope you are having a wonderful Spring Break (for those of you fortunate enough to have one).  We started out our Spring Break with a little family adventure, which brings me to my next “Secrets of a Great Marriage” post: Take an Adventure together.

Taking adventures together as a family of two (or more) does a world of good for a marriage.  Not everything happens on schedule and according to plan… you found that out on your wedding day.  But those twists and turns can actually benefit you in the long run.  Getting lost going the wrong way can bring you to wondrous places you never have been to otherwise.  Being stalled in traffic or some other mishap may give you much-needed conversation time to get to know each other just that much more.  Everything happens for a reason and God has a much better plan than we could ever create for ourselves.  So, sit back, trust Him, and enjoy the ride.

Let me tell you what happened to us on our fun little family adventure, and how it brought us all closer together.  For those of you that don’t know, we have an adorable toddler that graced our lives two and a half years ago.  My parents came in from Indiana to visit us for Spring Break, and we decided to take a train ride through the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.  Cody LOVES trains, so this was going to be a lot of fun.  The train leaves Grapevine and travels to the Fort Worth Stockyards, where you can get off, shop, and eat at the best BBQ place around, Riscky’s BBQ.  Then, you are returned to your vehicle, safe and sound.  Well, that is what was SUPPOSED to happen, but God had put a few set-backs in our way for some very good reasons.

We woke up on Saturday, which was supposed to be 70, and the forecast changed to a high of 53.  Ok, so that isn’t much of a problem, but it does feel quite chilly and Cody couldn’t play outside.  We   boarded the train and rode all the way to Fort Worth.  Five minutes from the Stockyards, our train came to a stop.  There were two other trains before us and then we would get to our destination.  After what seemed like FOREVER, they announced that the track was being worked on and one of the workers left a flag out, which means we cannot continue until it is removed.  So we wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Finally, after an hour and a half (yes, you did read that correctly), we got to move on to the Stockyards.

We enjoyed our time there and got back onto the train.  We had a lot of stop and go to allow other trains to pass (we were way past our regular schedule), but we finally got moving.  Then, we came to a stop.  We waited and waited.  Apparently, a freight train came by and damaged the track we were supposed to be on, so they rerouted us.  Well, the route they gave us was still being laid while we wait.  After yet another hour and a half, we were on our way back home (with no more unexpected delays).

So, what did this teach us?  We were aggravated and bored.  Our phones were all dead.  No emails, Facebook, or texting.  But we watched our little toddler playing and having such a great time.  The delays weren’t effecting him one bit.  He was making the best out of the situation, so we needed to too.  We were able to talk.  I mean, actually talk without the aid of a device or distraction.  We laughed.  We actually had fun.  And to top it off, we now have a funny story to bond over for years to come… the train ride that would never end.

Now, it was absolutely no one’s fault for this, and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad did all they could to make us more comfortable (moved us to first class!!).  So, that shows me that it was really God saying that we needed a little less time on our devices and a bit more family face-to-face time.  And I am so glad He did!

Check out the fun images we got of our little guy enjoying his trip.

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