Posted by: Brian Andrew Davis | June 26, 2009

A Cord of Three [Our Honeymoon]

Bethany and I went on our honeymoon recently.  Yeah, I guess you all figured that since we just got married, right?

We went first to Callaway Gardens’ Lodge and were upgraded to a suite for free since we were on our honeymoon.  It was a wonderful place close to our wedding and made a perfect fit for the first night.  The next day we drove up to Atlanta and stayed in a Hilton on Virginia Avenue near the Atlanta Airport, so we could catch our flight the next morning.  We actually ate at none other than the original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House that night!  Bethany had never been, so what better place to go for our first dinner (after our wedding) as married people.  (For those of you who don’t know, we both have been working for one of Chick-fil-A’s nonprofit ministries called IMPACT 360 for the last two years–we met and fell in love while working for them, so we owe a lot to Mr. Cathy, all of his family, and Chick-fil-A).

Then we took off for Cancun, Mexico—actually an area north of Cancun that is known as the ‘North Hotel Zone’.  We stayed at an ‘excellent’ all-inclusive resort called Playa Mujeres Excellence.  The experience was amazing—we would sleep in, order room service (included, of course) for breakfast, go to the pool or the beach, eat a late lunch (maybe), and eventually get cleaned up (in our nice double shower) and dressed up to go out to one of the eight restaurants at the resort.  It was a really fantastic opportunity to spend time together and enjoy the first week as a married couple.  The room was wonderful and we spent a lot of time in there, as well as on the roof.  Our room included a great hydrospa pool on a rooftop terrace where we were able to spend some private time and even fall asleep in the breezy evening time.  The rest of the resort had hammocks over a lazy river that we could relax on, a theatre, chessboards in the lobby and other game rooms, as well as a spa in the center.

As for other activities, one day we got salsa dancing lessons at the resort and even got to try it out a few nights later to some live Latin music.  Another day we went on an excursion to the Xcaret Eco-park (about a 2 hour bus ride) and got to go snorkeling in an underground river in the park as well as ‘Snuba’ diving—a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving where the tank floats high above the water and a long tube provides air for you twenty feet under—by a massive coral reef.  That night we saw a ‘Mayan ball game’ where these guys dressed up as Indians, did some ritual dances, and hit a ball with their hips back and forth and into hoops.  Then they lit the balls on fire and started hitting them back and forth with sticks like hockey and lacrosse.  Yes pretty fantastic.  On the unfortunate side, I blew an eardrum while Snuba diving and Bethany picked up a stomach bug from eating popcorn at the ball game.  We got better.

We did a devotion together where we talked about the whole chapter of Ephesians 5 and how we want our marriage to be a mirror of Christ and His love for us as the Church, but how we never want to try to take Christ’s role as Lord away or make our marriage more important than our relationship to God.  While the way I lead should be like Christ, it’s important (and freeing in many ways) to remember that Christ is still the one who washes her with the word primarily.  Whatever part I get to play in that (which is also a huge and important one) is not going to compare with the way He does it.

The last day we went to the spa and did an hour-long hydrotherapy circuit with steam room, plunge pools, multiple jets, a sauna, and hot stone bed.  Then we donned disposable undergarments and put on robes to go the beach for a couples massage.  It was a terrific way to end the time.

While I highly recommend Playa Mujeres Excellence as a resort for honeymoons, anniversaries, and even possibly a retreat with some other couple friends, I recommend marriage and modeling your relationship after Christ and the way He loves us.  As my dad reminded me in a letter he gave me on my wedding day, ‘a cord of three is not quickly broken.’  Bethany and I and Christ are what make our relationships (all of them) work together.

Also we played cribbage on the honeymoon.  Bethany beat me twice and skunked me one of those times.  I’ll let you know if I ever get the upper hand again.

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  1. HA! I was going to make you a cribbage board for your wedding present, and I started, but my friend with all the wood working tools and the know how left for Connecticut.

    Sounds like you managed without it though.


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