Estes Park Getaway

Chris & Wendy in Estes Park

Wendy and I have been in Estes Park for a 5-day “getaway” (only Priscilla has been with us). This was my Christmas present to Wendy. I flew my mom in from Minnesota to take care of the other kids, and Alicia spent the weekend to help, too.  We haven’t had this kind of rendezvous since our honeymoon!

Estes Park, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the YMCA of the Rockies (where we are staying) has all sorts of recreational activities. But, truth be known, we aren’t doing much site seeing or adventuring. We have had four days of uninterrupted conversations. We have outlined family plans and filled out a year-at-a-glance calendar with events for this coming year. We talked about each of the kids and wrote out homeschool goals for each of them. We prepared speaking notes for an upcoming conference in April. We sifted through homeschool folders and curriculum.

We know, we know, this doesn’t sound very “romantic.” But we have been relishing every minute. Working together on our family vision is a most exciting venture for us. Ironically, with 14 children we seldom have the chance to do so. We too easily get caught up in the chaos of it all.

Our stay has had its pleasantries, too. The pool has been frequented often. We have enjoyed dining out (something we seldom do normally) and the scenery is breathtaking. We connected with some friends, Scott and Lori, who live in Estes Park. They brought us to a restaurant on Saturday that their daughter works at, and we went to the theater to watch Bella (a GREAT movie, by the way). We visited their church, Christian Church of Estes Park, this morning. We really enjoyed their fellowship.

This most likely will become an annual event for us. Not only are we getting a lot done, this has been a most fulfilling “downtime” for the both of us. We return home tomorrow looking forward to loving our children!

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Tammy

    I think it is wonderful the two of you were able to get away and have some couple time. You need to be able to do that a couple of times a year to enjoy each other. This will also make you able to withstand the pressures and chaos going on in the home with 14 children! You are truly an inspiration and blessing to all of us out here trying to raise a family. I have one child, work two jobs, and have a hard time raising just one! I don’t know how you both do it, stay sane! Continued blessings from above to you and your lovely family!

  • Maudie Smith

    Sounds great! It is always good to get some “adult” time, even if the littlest one is along. We only have 4, but when we do get to do something that is considered “just for us” we cherish every moment, because in the end after all the kids are gone , daddy and moma’s realtionship has to be taken care of. And this is a process of years of sharing and learning together, along with having a vision for your family.

  • Sarah

    It is great that you were able to get away for some R&R and also get so much accomplished! Working on planning for your family also shows your commitment to them. I am also sure that you got some quiet, bonding time with Priscilla. I wish you both the very best!! God Bless your family and a wonderful 2008!

  • http://huffmasterfamily.com Dawn

    Sounds like you two had a wonderfully productive, yet relaxing time! Praying the Lord’s best for your family in 2008!


  • Debra

    Congrats on the couple time this sounds like a great Idea. This sounds like you truly value every one of you kids and thire future . Good luck in 2008