Hey y’all! It has been way too long since I’ve written a blog post and two months since I’ve been married. It has been going great so far and I’m learning more about myself more than I was when I was single and engaged. It has its bumps of course but, if God wasn’t the foundation of our marriage, we would be a wreck by now lol. Overall, I want to thank those that still read my previous posts and checked out my website while being MIA for a little while. I find that being married and balancing my passions are not easy yet, I push to use any downtime I have to either write, dance or read. However, that’s a blog post for another day lol, now let’s talk about me and my husband's first trip to Dallas, Texas!
As soon as we got to the airport, God did not waste any time showing off and allowed us to see Him work on our behalf. When we were next in line the woman behind the desk said, “I know you guys! You just got married right?”. David and I looked at each other because we didn’t recognize her. She continues on and says she saw us on Facebook through a mutual friend of ours that attends the same church she does. So as we were in the process of getting our flight tickets, we bumped into a little problem that almost made us miss our flight. When David purchased our tickets, he used my new last name, Thibault. Since my drivers license still says my maiden name, they couldn’t allow me to get on my flight. The woman behind the desk that we just met says, “I believe God sent me here at this exact time just for you guys”. If we went to any another desk, we would’ve had to pay between $200-250 to get this fixed. I thank God for His grace and covering. He cares about so much that He places someone at the desk at the right time to help us. God you’re so good!
So we finally caught our flight right in the nick of time and it was a pretty good flight. Once we landed, we picked up our rental car from Enterprise and drove to the hotel. We picked a navy blue 2 door Dodge Charger. It was pretty dope and David was more excited about it than I was lol. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling well since we left Boston and found myself chugging down NyQuil and DayQuil during the entire trip. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop me from taking pictures in the chilly Dallas weather.
As we cruised around, I couldn’t help but admire the tall and large buildings in south Dallas. If anything, that was my favorite part about being there. They are as beautiful in the day as they are at night. The architecture and color schemes are so creative. It seemed like the further we drove into Dallas and through other towns, the more complex the buildings were. It was such an amazing view everyday.
The main reason as to why we traveled to Dallas in the first place was for a good friends wedding, Christine and Samuel Ogbonna. I had known Christine since my high school days because we both attended a summer program called Balfour Academy. We reconnected when I decided to ask her to host my dance concert at my church and she said yes. From then on we became friends that encouraged each other often, called or text just to check in and talked about our goals and passions with a common one being blogging(Christine's blog). During my wedding process, I would call her nervous and freaking out about stuff and all she had to do was start off with “Tiff” and that’s all it took for me to know that she was about to check my WHOLE life lol. Friends like Christine are hard to find and I deeply appreciate you, your honesty and love. Now, as for this wedding….….it was a TURN up!
The ceremony was lovely and Christine was a stunning bride. Her dress was absolutely perfect and her hair and makeup was beautiful… as you can see of course. Now the reception y’all…all I have to say is attending an African wedding is an amazing experience. With this being my first one, I didn’t want to miss a thing. What I loved the most about Sam and Christine’s wedding was how much love was in the room and how it felt like you were part of the family. We danced non stop…as a matter of fact, we danced before the food was served LOL. I had such an amazing time and it was an honor to be a witness of their union. #OGBONNAFOREVER
On Sunday, we went to Norma’s Café in Dallas and their breakfast was SOOOO GOOD! I’m talking fried chicken and waffles, biscuits with gravy, meat lovers omelette, and fluffy French toast. When we walked in...well we barely walked in because the line was out the door; that’s how you know it’s a great place to eat if it's packed and customers are willing to wait for a seat. I totally recommend this place, they were very warm and welcoming.
After breakfast/brunch, I got us an appointment to a spa called Pure Spa. Let’s back track real quick, David and I got settled into our apartment during our honeymoon week so we never actually traveled and did any “couple” things together like a spa date. Now, that’s why we went to Pure Spa and y’all, I literally don’t have much words for this spot. I completely fell in LOVE with Pure Spa. They had robes and slippers in our lockers, a Waterhouse lounge with a hot tub, a eucalyptus scented steam room and cushions. They served you either water with cucumbers, hot tea or a bottle of complimentary wine. It was SO amazing and the staff was so hospitable. We never been to a spa before so I was super excited…like SUPER excited. David and I got a couples deep tissue massage. It was great and we felt amazing afterwards. During my session, I kept making my masseuse laugh because I’m ticklish. She asked me if I’ve ever been tickled as a kid and I told her yes I have. She said that’s why this specific part of my back is sensitive because whenever someone comes to tickle you, your body tenses up and it now becomes a habit to tense up that area. I had no idea and now I don’t want to tickle kids anymore lol. I can say that I definitely learned something new.
All in all, this trip was so much fun and I can’t wait for the next one. A few lessons I learned was to make sure I officially change my last name lol, check to see if the places we planned to go to are open during holiday weekends, and don’t assume what the weather might be because of what the state is known for. We figured that it would be pretty hot in Texas and we were freezing lol so lesson learned. For our first trip together, we had a great time and we plan on going on many more trips together. Oh and before I forget and don’t say I didn’t tell you but, whenever you’re in Dallas, please go to Lockhart Smoke house. Don’t say I didn’t tell you and be ready to have a moment of silence after that first bite. Thanks for reading and don't forget to subscribe!
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.