Ahhh…. It was so nice to get away with my hubby this past weekend!
On Sunday, as we were driving to pick up our kids, my husband commented on how he refreshed he felt. That got me thinking on how important it is to get away with your spouse.
It’s funny, because we actually didn’t go away, but stayed home and decided to do activities that were local to us. The part that was special, was being able to go out and do those activities and not have to worry about the kids. We went canoeing, out to dinner, saw a movie, went bike riding…. We were able to do all of these things and just focus on each other.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to let our spouse know that he or she matters. Even when we feel that we are doing a good job of letting our spouse know that he or she is loved and appreciated, it is still good to take time away from the world and just focus on each other and your marriage.
Some people like to talk about their marriage and how it’s going, while others just want to enjoy the company of their spouse without the interruptions of little people, or phone calls, etc. Hmm…. For us, I think we did more of enjoying each others company than talking. That will come, and is very important. However, we needed this get-away to be more about doing and experiencing things together.
As we were canoeing, it was nice to just reflect on the reflections of the trees hanging over the water. It was nice to listen to ripple of the water as we got closer to a more shallow area ahead. It was nice to just express those thoughts to the man I love, and be listened to no matter how crazy I sounded. Although we didn’t see a lot of wildlife, my husband seemed to take great pleasure in naming the birds that we saw. I call him my bird brain because he loves birds and knows so much about them. If you ever have a bird question, feel free to post it to my facebook page and I’ll see if he can answer it for you.
Although we were staying at home, I tried to keep as much home-life out of our get-away as possible. By that I mean, we went out to eat and I did very little cleaning. There was one morning where I just had to unload the dishwasher, but that was pretty necessary…. I mean, there were dishes that were still in the sink from the night we dropped the kids off. Ewww…..
Anyway, I just want to encourage you to take some time with your spouse. Get rid of the kids, do the bare minimum chores that you need to do – Or better yet, swap chores if you have larger animals with another family in the same or similar situation. If you can only do one night and one day, do it. Just take the time out for you and your spouse, do whatever your budget will allow, and just have fun together!
I look forward to hearing about your get-aways and plans to get away! Feel free to share any fun ideas you may have or any funny stories from your time together.
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