Colorado Get away

Steve and Teri Maxwell

This year we didn’t think we would go to Colorado. The timing simply didn’t work out with the girls’ schedules and work projects.

Through the years of our marriage, we have tried to have at least one weekend away a year, but that hadn’t happened for us since 2017. Also starting with our 25th anniversary, we have taken a longer trip with just the two of us every five years. For our 45th, last year, it didn’t happen. So at the last minute this year—just two weeks before leaving—we made plans for a husband/wife vacation.

There is something else special about this trip. Since we got married on my birthday, we always celebrate my birthday on the 17th with the family and then celebrate our anniversary another time. This year we celebrated Mary and my birthday together on the 15th, drove to Colorado on the 16th, and celebrated our anniversary on the 17th.

We will spend a week in Colorado Springs doing our walks at altitude. Steve saw his cardiologist the end of July and was given the go-ahead again for strenuous hiking at altitude. The caution was that he listens to his body. We felt the time in Colorado Springs before going to higher elevation would be good for both of us. Then we will head up to Buena Vista, our normal Colorado vacation spot for the next week.

We look forward to beautiful long walks, time with the Lord, extra reading, writing, prayer time, and just being together without the normal responsibilities of daily life.

We brought most of our own food that fits Steve’s eating regime, but we also had an anniversary date at our favorite—Longhorn Steak House. And we have a few other treats with us since it is vacation and not the norm!

We miss our girls because except for our 25th anniversary trip out here, they have always been with us. They had such sweet and encouraging words and hearts to us about coming when they couldn’t. They bless us in so many ways —even something like that!

Trusting in Jesus,

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be
joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great
mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let
every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the
wife see that she reverence her husband” (Ephesians 5:31-33).

22 thoughts on “Colorado Get away”

  1. So fun!! You look like newlyweds in your love for one another and your faces are so bright and joyful!
    Marriage is not always easy but it is MORE THAN WORTH IT for the amazing blessings God works through it.

    Praise God Steve is well enough to take on the strenuous hike and praise God you can enjoy some special treats together.

    May God delight to give you many more happy and fruitful years together, and bless your children and grandchildren.

    1. How special for you to say we look like newly weds. Sometimes I think we feel like newly weds, and we get to rejoice over and thank the Lord for all the years He has given us together.

  2. Have fun. My husband and I also love Colorado. We also try and do one weekend away per year for our marriage.

  3. We’ve found that we too like to have our kids around to celebrate our anniversary with as a family. We love simple quiet vacations too. 19 yrs of marriage and counting!

  4. So wonderful for the two of you to be able to get away to such a beautiful place! It certainly is different when you’ve been used to taking family vacations for so many years, but may you treasure each moment of each day, enjoying God’s beautiful creation together. I pray your hiking will go well.

    1. Thank you, Kris. It is very different without the family! We sure miss them and I expect to even more when we get to Buena Vista where we usually stay as a family.

    1. We are having a wonderful time together. Tomorrow our plan is to hike part way up and then down Pike’s Peak. It is way too long for a day hike, but we should be able to get a ways up and start working ourselves into more uphill hiking.

    1. Not really where we are in Colorado Springs. Sometimes it is hazy here, and we assume it is from the fires. Not sure how it will be when we get over to Buena Vista.

  5. Taking time away as couple is so important! Though we do not/cannot have children, we’re taking our first vacation ever (after five years!) that isn’t related to work or visiting family (for my birthday) next week and can’t wait. Thanks for setting a good example for that, AND for listening to medical advice (also very important). I hope you both truly enjoy it 🙂

  6. Praying for you as you enjoy this special time together. May God bless you both with many more birthdays and anniversaries!
    ( I am reading your book, My Delight, again and being blessed even more the second time.

    1. Thank you, Christie. We are greatly enjoying our time! So glad My Delight is a blessing to you the second time through it. Praise the Lord. It is all Him.

  7. Also-Ranny & I actually have Colorado on our list of one day anniversary trips and Longhorns is our favorite restaurant here in Mobile!
    I am so glad everything worked out for you to go this year.

  8. Buena Vista is one of our favorite places! We honeymooned there for two weeks over 31 years ago now, and have been back several times. I was so glad to see that you all had a trip together! Happy Anniversary (belated!)!

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