falling in love in MPD

abe: "i think i'm falling in love with you again."

deb: "oh, really? what do you mean?"

abe: "i think it has to do with all the time we're being forced to spend with each other through this process. and even though the time we're spending together is spent doing the SAME thing over and over again. it's just nice to be able to be with you.

we don't have kids pulling on us, we're having interactions with other adults and it's just nice.

it's nice to be able to be working on this project together"

deb: "that's nice"

that was a snippet of conversation deb and i shared this past tuesday as we drove home from yakima.

we also happened to be driving separate cars home, and we talked on the phone the WHOLE way home. (45 min) we haven't had a 1 on 1 uninterrupted conversation like that in years. i might even say since our college days when we'd go for long walks or talk on the phone for hours.

i'm looking forward to not having any appointments this weekend - our kids could use some dedicated uninterrupted "mom and dad" time.

we're two weeks into this process, and from my post last week , you can tell it's thrown our "normal" routine schedule into a tail spin. that particular tuesday, we had just gotten done with two appointments with great friends and i had been gone from home since 6:20am and returned home around 10:50pm.

but through this challenging/exhausting MPD* process, i've been pleasantly surprised to find myself falling in love with my wife all over again.

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*MPD = Ministry Partner Development - that's the name given to the process of us raising a team of supporters so we can report to Little Rock as fully funded staff missionaries with FamilyLife