Aliens in the Apple

It’s been a decade

Franci 13 Feb 2015 Being tourists Jaunts out of NYC

Like I said last week, it’s been cold here! However, Ben and I did have a blessed little escape from the cold back in January for 3 nights, when we eloped to Jamaica while my parents looked after our kids. Wait, you can’t elope when you’re already married… Well, it was to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We figured a decade is a pretty momentous occasion, so we decided to do something pretty momentous. Jamaica was fantastic — a really relaxing few days, the snorkeling amazing (which we did every day right off the cliffs of our hotel and one day at a nearby reef), the weather perfect, and the company just like the weather.

It was fun to walk to the nearby town one day and get a taste of local culture. I’d say it felt like Africa in the Caribbean, which probably isn’t very original. We bought some trinkets and I got my hair braided. We also had the yummiest fruit popsicles ever.

The hotel where we were staying had lovely gardens with all sorts of interesting plants.

We were right on the ocean, and had stunning views especially of the sunsets. Each of the 3 sunsets we saw were different!

Our hotel was lovely — the setting beautiful, the staff super-friendly, and the whole atmosphere just so relaxing. If it weren’t for these photos, I’d think it was just a dream!

I have been so blessed to be married to Ben for the last 10 years. I can rave about all his wonderful qualities for hours, but it’ll make him blush. :-) You could say I was just a child when I said ‘yes’ (I was just 19!), but I still reckon it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

May there be many more decades!

Comments (7)

joanbee3 13 Feb 2015 at 10:15am

Looks wonderful. I too wish you many more decades of happy marriage!

Alexia Hoyt 13 Feb 2015 at 7:18pm

congratulations on your 10th anniversary! Glad that you did something really different and special.

Julia 15 Feb 2015 at 1:12am

Congratulations you two!! Looks like you had an awesome time and it would have been very special for your parents and the girls as well to spend some time together! Love from us!

Lois Hoyt 15 Feb 2015 at 8:09pm

Wow, pretty impressive! Having looked at the link to a description of the hotel, I have a question. Did you stay in one of those cottages, or does it mean there are 18 rooms in a hotel (i.e., one building) besides the cottages? It was good to read there was no TV - amusing that the website couldn’t decide whether that was a pro or a con!

Franci 15 Feb 2015 at 8:18pm

The hotel doesn’t have a big building — it’s all those separate cottages. Each cottage building has a ground level room (a “Garden Room”, and an upstairs room, accessed by outside stairs. We were in one of the downstairs cottage rooms. Then there were also cottages closer to the ocean, but they didn’t have an upstairs.)

No TV is definitely a pro, though it could have been amusing/interesting to see what Jamaican TV is like. :-)

Julie M. 16 Feb 2015 at 10:04pm

This anniversary trip makes me so happy. Thank you Lord for giving these two VERY special servants a refreshing & fun time away. God be praised!

Elrike Hoyt 29 Mar 2015 at 8:22pm

Looks like you had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing so many photos!! XXE