The best romantic movies always have a rain scene in them

Saturday started off normal enough, with the kids tugging at the sheets, asking for breakfast.

So much for a change of pace on my anniversary. Or so I thought.

As I stumbled around the kitchen in search of a cup for my coffee, I found myself thinking about what I had been doing that same morning 11 years before. How perky I had been – able to get up early and bound off cheerily to the gym. I could get my workout in and be showered and dressed before others hit the snooze button for the first time.

Times, they have changed.

Because my in-laws are in town, I knew that we would actually be able to go out on a date. I couldn’t tell you the last time we went on a date. Probably the last time they were down here. (They are good at shoving us out the door so that they can have the grandkids to themselves we can be alone.) I thought of some things to do, but frankly, anything was going to be a nice opportunity for some reconnecting as grownups.

As the time approached, Sean asked if I was okay with riding on the motorcycle.

He’s had one for several years. However, it’s been years since I’ve ridden on one, and although I loved it, I was a bit apprehensive, considering the fact that the last time I rode one I was a carefree single girl and I am now a mom with responsibilities.

But I gathered my courage (some of you may call it stupidity), and donned my helmet. Sassy wedge shoes, trousers jeans and all.

And we took off.

And have mercy – It was fun! Had it not been for the face shield, I would have had bugs in my teeth because of the smile that was plastered on my face!

Because, seriously? WHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

We were like Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in Top Gun. Only older. And slower.

And cuter.

We had a wonderful dinner. It’s amazing how much talking can be done when you aren’t heading off spilled sippy cups and tossed food. Who knew!?

We lingered over dinner, relishing our time alone and finally decided on a ride to the new outdoor mall. But when we walked outside, it was pouring rain.

And thundering.

And didn’t show signs of stopping.

We could have cowered under the awning, but we took the plunge and hopped on the bike and rode home to get the car.

I could not have felt more alive at that moment. Me holding onto my guy, driving through the rain, getting soaked.

I didn’t want it to end.


  1. http://Ashleigh%20(Heart%20and%20Home) says

    How sweet is that?! I haven’t been on a motercycle in years and have a “thing” about them (you know, the “but, Hubby, they’re so dangerous!” thing). I’m thinking it would be worth it, just for that movie scene quality. But, hey, my husband’s been in Iraq for six months, so I’d do just about ANYTHING for a date night right now!!

  2. http://my%20name%20is%20kristy%20mae says

    How fun!
    We had a date night Friday night – both of the kiddos stayed with the grandparents. Then we watched a movie that we’ve been saving for when they would be out. Much fun :)
    by the way, I’m not sure how I found your blog but HELLO! and I will be back :)

  3. http://Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    Wow, that does sound like a great anniversary date. How fun. You are brave. I think I would be a chicken on the motorcycle. Congrats on a great marriage!

  4. http://Lisa%20B%20@%20simply%20His says

    That is so awesome! For our 10th wedding anniversary my husband convinced me to ride on the back of a rented motorcycle. He hadn’t ridden since college, so I made him ride up and down the road a few times before I’d get on :D

    That was almost 2 years ago. I caught the bug (not literally — LOVE face shields!) and as of March this year, I’ve been riding my own! I went through all the doubts of what happens to our daughter if we both die on a motorcycle, but I believe God’s watching out for us and if He decided to take both of us that way — then His will be done.

    We’ve had an absolute blast riding together though and my daughter (who is 9) LOVES riding on the back of my husband’s bike. She will not ride with me — even if I could ride her :D

    There’s absolutely nothing like riding on a motorcycle and my favorite trip was on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had many conversations with God since it was so quiet :)

    Happy Anniversary!! I hope y’all have a ton more!

  5. http://Heather says

    What a great memory you guys made!

    Happy anniversary! Mu hubby and I will be married 11 years this Sept.


  6. http://That%20lady%20with%206%20daughters says

    Sweet, what a great night! I can’t remember the last time we had a date. Happy anniversary to you

  7. http://Domestic%20Spaz says

    That is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it and making me smile. :)

  8. http://Strawberry%20Blonde says

    Sounds wonderfully romantic. I love our few and very far between date nights.

    Glad you had a beautiful anniversary. Our 11th anniversary in in August. I can’t believe it’s been that long…
    — Brandi

  9. http://Colleen says

    Aw, what a great anniversary!

    My hubby has a motorcycle, too, but we’ve been saying for YEARS that we should make a date to go out on it. I’d probably freak out at every turn! :Op

  10. http://Christine says

    Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Oh my GOSH!

    That sounds so romantic; I wish my hubby rode a bike. I dated some who did back in the day and I looooooooooved riding with them.

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful time!

  11. http://Samantha%20@%20the%20Listener's%20post says

    That sounds so romantic! Maybe by the time we hit 11 years I will consider riding on a motorcycle with my husband. Or maybe not – he pretty much scares me to death in the minivan…


  12. http://Elizabeth says

    it just sounds utterly delightful!

  13. http://His%20Girl says

    karla! somehow I lost your blog in my google reader!

    I am so so so sad that I am like WEEKS behind- just wanted to know that I have been wondering why you haven’t been writing, and come to find out your blog wasn’t in my subscriptions anymore…. ugh!- anyhoo- glad you’re still here, and I love your new look! (yes, I’m even further behind than THAT!)

  14. http://Beck says

    Happy anniversary, sweetie! This was a lovely post.

  15. http://Jenn says

    Loved reading about your date night – especially the riding through the rain part! What a neat memory.

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