Part 1: Off to… not Mexico
After our wedding, we were heading to a hotel near the airport. The weather was getting crazy, so we were nervous that our flight the next morning would get canceled. Thankfully, our flight to Mexico was ready for liftoff. But unfortunately, we weren’t!
We had our I.D.’s, passports, and suitcases. But not Ruvim’s residential card. Since he’s not an American citizen, traveling outside the country requires one so the U.S. can let you back in. We searched for it, called our family to look around the house, and even rescheduled the flight to the next day in hopes the card would turn up!
We went back to my parents’ house, where most of our friends and family were, and continued looking for it. That night, we came to terms that it definitely got lost and we wouldn’t be going to Mexico. We tried not to get too upset over it and comforted each other that it was God’s plan for this to happen. We held fast to the verse that we printed on our invitation cards (Ephesians 3:20) and believed that God would do more than we could ask or think.
Staying back for another day gave us time with our relatives and friends. It was nice to be with them, and eat all the leftover food, too! But, like any other newly wedded couple, we wanted some time away. So, we brainstormed for a Plan B.
From the beach to the mountains
The more we leaned on God and trusted Him for a better plan, everything seemed to come together. We got our flight tickets and resort reservation credited back to us (praise God for that!). Then, we made a list of what we could do instead and unpacked our beach suits and pulled out the sweaters. We were heading for the mountains!
We found a lodge about an hour away from the city. It was the perfect last-minute getaway. The weather cleared up by the time we left, so we got to spend a lot of time doing outdoorsy things. We signed up for cave and gold panning tours, rented some bikes and biked almost 20 miles, watched a lot of movies; cooked, hot-tubbed, and explored the nearby towns.
Long before we secured our Mexico trip, I remembered saying that a mountain getaway would be ideal for a honeymoon. Sure enough, these words came to pass, and we saw how God was doing exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think!
Part 2: Alaska! & Seattle in-between
We squeezed in two days to explore some of Seattle – always a fun place to visit! Then, we continued on to Alaska to spend time with Ruvim’s family before officially settling down in Colorado. Also, my relatives were gathering for my grandma’s 80th birthday/family reunion. And we got to see quite a few people who couldn’t make it to our wedding. So, it was a multi-purposeful trip!
We took October completely off from work to do all that we did. It was a well-planned month, with just enough time for us to move into our new apartment when we returned from Alaska.
With yourself, your new spouse, and the trip details. It will save you from being stressed out when you should enjoy your honeymooning self. Sometimes spontaneity is what you need!
Coming back from a month-long vacation, we dived into meshing our lifestyles together and figuring out our daily routines. It felt like a fresh start, like we were ready for anything! Read more about our honeymoon aftermath here.
I’d love to hear your honeymoon stories in the comments below! Did you have any road bumps like losing a document or getting stuck?