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We dug for diamonds and rediscoverd each other.

My husband and I finally took a romantic vacation this weekend. We haven’t gotten away as a couple in over five years. We finally decided that we needed a trip to help keep our relationship strong. So, instead of celebrating our anniversary with our usual enthusiasm, we planned getaway.


When we are home together, we have numerous distractions. Our attention is split between our kids, grandkids, pets, jobs, and family obligations. We are lucky to spend an hour alone once a week. Our schedules make us little more than ships passing in the morning. He is usually on his way to bed as I’m getting up for work.

We discussed our options, and decided to dig for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. We’ve been talking about such an adventure for several years. So, we loaded my car and took a road trip on Thursday. The trip took us 5 1/2 hours, but everything went smoothly.

We awoke bright and early yesterday to dig in the dirt. We lugged our buckets, shovels, trowels, and knee pads to the far side of the north field and staked our claim. I sat down in the field and dug up soil before carefully sifting through it while my husband filled a bucket with dirt and sifted his in the wash plant. You can learn more by clicking the following link: Crater of Diamonds State Park.

We have never done anything so simple as digging in the dirt together. We dug as the cold October wind bit at our skin. Our fingers went numb, and our feet stumbled on the uneven ground. We didn’t stop. We kept going for several hours until we finally had to leave in search of food. We didn’t have lunch until 4:30 p.m.

We returned to our hotel an hour away exhausted, but filled with a sense of accomplishment. We worked as a team with a cohesion only found in those who are in sinc with each other. We really enjoyed working together.

We didn’t find any diamonds, but we found something better. We rediscovered our love for each other. We also found quite a bit of red jasper and various volcanic rocks.

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