I recently had the opportunity to take a week vacation with my family to the town of Cabarete on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. This was the first family vacation since my wife and I separated 18 months earlier. Needless to say there was some doubt about how it would go.
Fortunately this trip proved to be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and enjoy the warm beaches, bright sun and fantastic scenery. Our resort was an all-inclusive beachfront resort called Ocean Manor. The food, service and view was spectacular every single day.
The time away from school, work and the normal stresses of daily living set the environment for a truly therapeutic experience. My wife and I were able to sit and relax in the infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. We shared a Cuba Libre and held hands as we watched our 15 year old Boy/Girl twins swim in the warm ocean.
I was able to walk along the beach on our way into town to shop with my daughter Alyssa. The quality time with her during this trip really helped us rekindle that daddy/daughter conversations. She opened up about boys and school and sports like never before.
My son and I shared a waterfall excursion and hike in the rain forest region of the Dominican. We laughed and splashed and launched off a 20 foot cliff into the cool waters that fed from the waterfalls. We bonded and posed for a strong man photo together as I realized he is now taller than I and still growing.
My family and I shared meals together uninterrupted by having to rush to sports practice. We could enjoy each other and laugh together. We could play like kids and try new things and new foods. TOGETHER we bonded and became a family again. This vacation proved to be more than just a getaway. It reconnected a family that needed just that.
In life there are times that a simple thought can change the future. I believe that this trip changed the future of our family. While marriage is never easy, If a couple/family works together they can accomplish great things. Thank you for letting me share my simple story of Caribbean Adventure.