One of my favorite things about living in NYC is being able to catch a game at Madison Square Garden. New York is a basketball town to its core, so even though I’m not a Knicks fan, the energy at the Garden when the Knicks play always makes for a good time.
Every two years, the network that helped start our church — Orchard Group — hosts a retreat for the lead pastors and their spouses from all of the churches across the network. It’s held in Miami, and it’s always a really great time of reconnecting with people we love, who are on a similar journey, from across the country and around the world.
When our dear friend and co-worker Tanya offered to spend a day with Jameson, so Jordan and I could have a day date, to say we jumped at the chance would be a gross understatement. We get a fair share of evenings out after Jameson has gone to bed, but it had been a pretty long time since we’d had several hours to ourselves on any given day. Our agenda was pretty simple: food. exploring. movie. more food.
For the first Christmas after Jordan and I met in 2012, we spent the holiday in Jamaica. It was such a special time in our brief courtship and a trip I’ll always remember fondly for a few reasons. For starters, it was Jordan’s first Christmas away from his family, which was a huge deal, given how tight-knit his family is and how much he looks forward to holidays with his relatives. It meant so much that he made the sacrifice to be with me and my family (even if it was in a tropical paradise). The trip was also significant because while Jordan had been to Jamaica for his first honeymoon, our trip was his first time exploring “the real” Jamaica, and it made me and my family so happy to see how much he loved it.
Since that first trip, we knew we wanted trips to Jamaica around the Christmas holiday to become a tradition for our future family. So while we alternate where we spend the actual day of Christmas (between NY and Jamaica), we’ve been able to make trips during December for a few years now.