Monday, February 18, 2008

A Beautiful Gift...

On Saturday night, John and I had the opportunity to get away for some much needed time together. It was our belated Valentine date. We'd both had a busy and disappointing week and the chance to get away for a date was incredibly timely.

Two or three years ago, John happened upon a book called Plainsong by Kent Haruf. He read it on a vacation trip to Estes Park, and loved it. He encouraged me to read it as well...and about this time last year I did. It is not a cheery story, and each of the characters is flawed, but I found it to be a beautiful story of love and loss with redemption found in some unlikely places.

So last fall, when we started seeing advertisements in the Denver Post for the stage production, we knew we wanted to try to go. Our tickets were a surprise gift from a friend of ours who who knew John loved the book and wanted to bless us.

We drove to Denver on Saturday night, navigated our way to the Stage Theatre, and were captivated for three hours by the beauty of the story that played out before us. We laughed and cried and stood clapping at the end. It was stunning!

It was such different evening for us. Usually a date for us consists of dinner and a movie or a trip to to our favorite downtown bookstore. It was great to break out of the mold and do something different and cultural and stimulating and sentimental to both of us. It was a beautiful night and after the heaviness of last week, it was a beautiful gift!

**Mr. DP, thank you so much for your kind was very generous, and much appreciated.


*carrie* said...


I confess I tried reading that book a few years ago and couldn't get into it.

So glad you enjoyed a special evening out!

Kelly said...

How neat that you got to do something different together! Way to keep the marriage alive! :-)
I bet that was such a fun night for ya'll.
Hope your week is better. Thinking of you in your time of disappointment.

Stephanie Kay said...

Sounds like a really fun date! Yeah, for getting out of your usual routine. = )

Susan said...

Sounds like a little bit of magic for you guys. I know you guys are going through some touch stuff. My husband reminds me when I am discouraged about how desolate Europe is spiritually he says, "You can only see the stars when it is dark." Sometimes life is challenging, but keep up the good fight. Life is so short, only a flicker really.

Gretchen said...

Wow, I'm so glad it was as nice as you had hoped it would be. Aren't dates special? When you get to dress up, even a little bit, do your hair, and feel cute. :)

His Girl said...

sounds like a great date! good for you :)

Jessica said...

Awww! I love Estes Park!

Holly said...

Yay for a special date!! Yay God!!

Praying for you, my sweet friend.

Unknown said...

Very fun night out with your hubby! I love those unexpected things!

While my Mister and I were out hiking yesterday I thought of you. I was actually telling him about your goal to climb Pikes Peak! I was laughing because we were hiking a particularly tough trail, and although I am pretty fit cardiovascular-wise, I was huffin' and puffin' climbing that foothill! I was telling him that I couldn't imagine climbing where you are...where the altitude is killer! ;)

Anyway, just wanted you to know I was thinking about ya!


Kecia said...

Glad you had a good date--guess what? Mike and I had our first date since moving to Magnolia last night! It wasn't much, because we had to be at the BCM at 7, and because, well, we live in Magnolia. But we went out to eat just us, and had a nice time! :)

Jenn said...

Isn't so nice to have time together, free of the kids?! Glad you had a wonderful time.