We were fighting quite a lot. And frequently. We almost broke up. We almost cancelled on the Discovery Weekend. But Gab insisted on attending it. He had that much faith in it.
Some of our friends attended the Discovery Weekend, and recommended it. It’s a marriage preparatory program. It has an PhP8,000 fee which includes the accommodation and meals for the couple. Early on the wedding preparations, we have decided to take it instead of the usual pre-cana. It’s a wee bit expensive, but if we’re going to spend so much on our wedding, we thought that we should also invest on our relationship. And I’m glad we did.
We took the August 2-4, 2019 session, with Sir Noly as the chaplain. We took a day-off because registration starts at 5:30pm on a Friday. Program started after dinner at 8pm and ended by 11pm. I didn’t actually notice the time. It was that good.
On our second day, the call time was 6:30am. Program resumed after breakfast until 11:30pm. It was a really long day. But I was really glad we attended this. There were so many learnings about each other. We also learned how to deal with our issues. He opened up to me. He told me exactly what and how he felt on certain issues. I told him how I felt as well, and we’ve learned to listen to each other again. He fell in love with me because I used to listen to him with no judgments. We used to have a lot of fun. And then, little did we know, along the way, we lost it. It was in the Discovery Weekend that we’ve acknowledged it. We’ve talked about it. Even before the day ended, I knew we were back on each other’s good graces again.
There was a group sharing on our last day. I was surprised by how much people had to go through in their relationships, at the same time I became more appreciative of our own relationship.
Discovery Weekend is the best gift we have given each other. Considering we spent so much time together, it was only then that I realized that we still have a lot to learn about each other. I kept the notes we used on this program, in case we may need it in the future to remind us why we are together.