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  • His expectations weren't high at all.

    He had only planned the trip two weeks ago, and was able to keep it a surprise.

    It was a trip to celebrate five years of marriage. They were older, wiser, and still in love.

    The week before the planned weekend get-a-way was beautiful. Sunny, warm days, complete with light breezes and blue skies all seemed to promise a beautiful weekend ahead.

    It was a houseboat. That was the main surprise of the trip. For their five year wedding anniversary they would be spending their time on a houseboat located in Fells Point, Maryland.

    The houseboat boasted an upper deck complete with a picnic table and propane grill. Not overly luxurious by any stretch of the imagination; but potential for a romantic dinner on the water, that it was!

    It rained all day the Friday they planned to leave. Looking out of his office window at the dark, daytime sky, he shoot his head. "Of course. Why should the weekend be as beautiful as the week was?" he asked himself.

    Regardless, she was excited. Any chance to travel, to get out of town, to do something new, to be surprised, was worth any type of discomfort. She was giddy with excitement all week, and bubbling over with anticipation on Friday.

    The rain didn't matter to her.

    The hour and a half drive to the marina was nice, despite the rain. They were spending time together. Laughing about the rain, talking about their day, and holding hands.

    After a few failed attempts at locating the marina, they eventually found the parking lot. That's when he told her they would not be staying in a hotel room, but instead would be living on a houseboat for the next two days. Her eyes lit up with excitement!

    The rain seemed to die down that first evening, but the heavy clouds above kept everything damp throughout the night. After exploring the houseboat they walked down Thames Street to a coffee shop to buy an evening treat and bag of coffee for the next morning. They held hands as they walked the cobblestone streets and smiled as they made their way down the dock to their little houseboat.

    It rained all day Saturday, but they still manage to have a good time together. Lunch consisted of microwaved ravioli from a local CVS and cookies from the coffee shop they visited the night before. They drank coffee out of the same mugs they ate the ravioli out of because the bowls weren't microwave safe.

    His plans for a romantic dinner on the deck of the houseboat didn't happen. But they will managed to have a nice dinner at a local oyster house, followed by cocktails at a jazz bar a few blocks down the street.

    It continued to drizzle all night.

    Ask them if they had a nice trip andy they will say, "absolutely!" and follow it up by recounting the rainy weekend on a houseboat. It was a perfect weekend to celebrate their five years of marriage. Perfect in many ways.

    Because they were able to have a fun weekend together despite the rain, he knew that they would be celebrating the years of marriage in five more years.

    Like the trip, marriage is full of surprises. Rainy days, sunny days, and fair weather days. But as long as you keep everything in perspective, remain thankful for your spouse loving you despite your moments of difficulty and weakness, a sunny day is always around the corner, and an umbrella could always be put up to help stay out of the rain.
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