Floating down a river on a raft for hours, staying overnight in a family owned bed-and-breakfast type lodge, sitting on the patio relaxing for hours – this is what Matt planned for us on our anniversary.
I loved our getaway so much – I am still flying high from it. We only had to drive a little over two hours to our destination, which was perfect since both of us are a little “traveled out” after this very busy summer. I’m amazed at what Matt found for us to do, right here in Nebraska. It truly was perfect.
The lady who owned the lodge where we stayed set up an anniversary breakfast table for us. It was beautiful!
What were our boys doing the whole time we were gone? Well, we left them with long school work lists and chore lists. We bought food we don’t normally buy - as a special treat and to keep things easy and fun for them (making them promise to eat at least one fruit or veggie with every meal). :) The college grad living with us made sure all was well with the boys overnight.
But beyond that? Well, we had no idea what these boys were really up to. We trusted that they were being responsible and wise with their time. And just what did they do with their free time?
Amazing. I’m telling you – this is amazing. We thought our welcome home “gift” looked like this:
Truly, homemade cookies, a homemade card on a piece of notebook paper, wild flowers floating in a cup of water – it was much more than we expected. We were simply hoping the dishes would be done. (They were.)
What we didn’t know was that there was more waiting for us than the surprise cookies and card. We sat down to an incredible music video, made entirely by our boys.
Before you watch it, you have to know what all went in to this. Our boys created the music and beats to this rap/song on FL Studio, our music creation software. Our boys wrote the lyrics (which is evident in the fact that you may not “get” some of the inside family jokes). They planned all of this on their own. They spent hours filming, and even more hours editing. I have watched this over and over. I am amazed by it. Our boys used their gifts, they worked together – well, let’s just say this video does my heart real good.
If for no other reason, you should watch this video to see the JUNK our boys ate while we were gone. They certainly enjoyed themselves, and who can blame them?! :)
Thank you for your sweet comments this week as we celebrated our 20th anniversary. Thanks for letting me share a bit of our lives with you in this video. It is so much fun to see our boys growing and creating together! I’m thankful for the family God has blessed me with. I do not take this for granted.