honeymoon pt.1

3 Days in Seattle

The thing about blogging about your life (and marriage), is if you don’t start upon meeting, you will be playing catch up until you catch up. Highlighting the biggest, most adventurous moments in our lives thus far will be my take on “catching up.”

We honeymooned, albeit with my parents + older brother (Luke), to the Northwest. The goal of this trip, apart from spending a few special moments together as newlyweds, was to have my parents see Arron’s home and spend more time with his family. Thanks to Arron + I dropping an engagement + wedding on everyone within the short span of 5 months, it gave no one time to meet no one. We are a family with a simple, but important foundation – family. Having my parents meet Arron’s parents, outside of a wedding setting, was more important to us than a 2 week honeymoon spent somewhere tropical with a drink in hand. So, off the 5 of us went… Seattle bound. This was Mom + Dad’s gift to Arron + I – sharing their very personal Jubilee City.

Jubilee n.

A specially celebrated anniversary, especially a 50th anniversary.

2 A season or an occasion of joyful celebration.

often Jubilee Bible In the Hebrew Scriptures, a year of rest to be observed by the Israelites every 50th year, during which slaves were to be set free, alienated property restored to the former owners, and the lands left untilled.

Jubilee City is a term my Dad uses for a certain place to sojourn, not just any place, a place that has meaning or brings life to the soul. En route to such a place, he refers to as a Jubilee City Sojourn. His belief is that every married couple with a love for travel and “creating events” should have one of these cities and partake in one of these sojourns once every couple of years (every year if he had it his way.)

Ok, so off we went to the Jubilee City, in search of adventure and the opportunity to create events. Seattle was a place I wanted to visit, not a place I had long yearned to visit, but simply a place I wanted to experience once in my life. I quickly learned why this was such a special place to my parents, as we ascended the stairs of the Inn at the Market and walked out onto a damp + misty rooftop. The scene was like one from a movie, literally, if you’ve every seen Sleepless in Seattle. We overlooked the famous Pike Place Market, and stood breathless, wet from rain, but breathless. The following 3 days and 2 nights were spent wandering the damp streets of this amazing city. We had the full experience of the Market, breakfast at Lowell’s and brown paper wrapped flowers included. We got soaked to the bone. We road the Monorail. We ate the best steak in the United States of America, at the Metropolitan Grill. We listened to jazz music over a glass of wine in a back alley bar. We stood atop the Space Needle. And we drank enough coffee to keep us on the edge of our seats.

It was a treasure of a trip and one we will never forget. As Mom + Dad promised us, we will give you a second honeymoon – in Africa – we wondered to ourselves, will a “second honeymoon” really top these memorable 3 days in Seattle?

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