It's not that we paid hundreds of dollars for our room or planned months in advance for this trip. A few days ago, Joseph told me that he was going to be working in Pittsburgh again this week, and instead of moping about him being gone, I said, "Maybe we can join you!" My husband gave me a surprised look but said "Sure!" I had packed all three of us girls up that same evening and we were headed out the next morning. And in a way that is not characteristic of me at all, I chose to take unknown backroads in order to avoid paying the tolls, instead of taking the tried and true freeway.
|Ready for a road trip!|
As we were eating dinner last night, Joseph told me he was glad I met him here. He said that he missed having the freedom of being single and coming and going as he pleased, even though he also loved being at home with me. He said having me there was the best of both worlds--he could hang out with me and we could have an adventure together. I acted like I was offended for a moment, but I knew what he meant. It was nice to just get up and go on a whim, and to actually enjoy it. I guess we've done it so many times in our marriage now, that I'm finally warming up to the idea. But I also realize that our freedom to come and go as we wish does have some planning running in the background. A few month ago, I wrote about how I was intentionally not doing things, like eating out constantly or spending money on frivolous things. These spontaneous trips have come from that. I've been packing all of our lunches and taking my own coffee and water with me everywhere. I've cut down our cleaning supplies to just vinegar and baking soda and we use rags to clean with. We use reusable containers to store leftovers in and Lydia uses cloth diapers. It's amazing how all those little choices have saved us enough money for the things we really want to do. So maybe the old Sarah isn't quite gone; maybe she's just learned to better serve her family with some "hidden" planning. Maybe these two Sarah's can continue to work well together :)