Ruvim ❤ Tanya: Honeymoon

We didn’t go to Mexico for our honeymoon, and it wasn’t just the weather that prevented us from going.

After our wedding, we headed to a hotel near the airport. Our flight was the next morning. The weather was getting crazy, and we were already nervous that it would get canceled. Thankfully, our flight was still ready for liftoff… but unfortunately, we weren’t!

We had our I.D.’s, passports, suitcases… but not Ruvim’s residential/green card. He’s still a Russian citizen, so traveling outside the country requires having one. We searched for it, called our family to look around the house and our things. We even rescheduled to a later flight in hopes the card would turn up!

It was hard not to get upset over it, but we coped 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.

One of my uncles came to get us and we headed back to my parents’ house, where most of our friends and family were. It was nice to spend some extra time with them, and eat all the leftover food, too! But, like any other newly wedded couple, we wanted some time away.

Everything came together the more we leaned on God and trusted Him for a better plan.We got our flight tickets credited back to us, along with our reservation at the resort (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!

The funny and sweet thing about that is long before we secured our Mexico trip, I was chatting with some friends and said a mountain getaway would be ideal for a honeymoon. Sure enough, these words came to pass!

We stayed at a lodge, about an hour away from the city. It was the perfect getaway, with room for spontaneous activities! The weather cleared up by then, and we spent a lot of time outside.

We signed up for cave and gold panning tours, rented some bikes and biked almost 20 miles, watched a lot of movies; we cooked, read the Bible, hot-tubbed, and explored the nearby towns. It was the perfect Plan B on such short notice!

We were in the mountains for about a week before packing up for Part 2 of our honeymoon: Alaska!

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-purpose 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.

Alaskan Evening

First selfie in our first apartment

If there’s any advice to give about planning a honeymoon, the first thing I would say is to be flexible. 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!

I also turned my phone off completely. I regret not taking so many pictures, but there’s always time for that. I captured a lot of moments with my eyes, and though there aren’t many images saved, they remain in my heart. (Cheesy, but true!)

Coming back from a month-long vacation, we dived straight into meshing our lifestyles together and figuring out our daily routines. It felt like a fresh start, and we learned so much about ourselves (which is a constant thing in marriage). There were a lot of things I had to learn and overcome that I didn’t think were issues before, but I guess that’s part of the adventure!

I’d love to hear your honeymoon stories or questions! Leave a comment below and stay tuned for my next posts!

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