Two weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our fifth anniversary. Some day soon I’ll have to share our story (and our GORGEOUS wedding photos) with you all.
His parents watched our kids for the weekend, and we were able to get away for 4 glorious days and 3 glorious nights to South Florida. I mean, I love my kids. But it is really healthy for a marriage for the parents to get away once in a while, amirite?
It really struck me the freedom we had when we arrived at a gas station on our drive there. My husband stopped to use a restroom and purchase a snack, and I was intending to wait in the car for “my turn” to use the restroom. And then I realized….there was no need to wait – because there were no kids to wait with!! Ha!
It was such a wonderful trip – we stayed on the beach, ate out every night (hard to do with little ones!), went shopping, held hands, saw a late movie, and truly just enjoyed spending time together. Oh, and we got to get up and watch an early sunrise, AND the most beautiful and most peaceful sunset.
If you haven’t had the chance to get away in a while – even if it’s just for an evening date – let me encourage you to find a way to do so. Ask family to watch the kids, hire a babysitter, SOMETHING. It’s so meaningful to put each other first for a time and enjoy each other’s company. Get back to your roots and be together without having to be parents. If you never do this while the kids are home, what will you do when the kids are grown and gone? You will have forgotten each other for so long, you won’t know how you fit together anymore. I’ve heard so many stories of marriages ending this way – don’t let yours be one of them.
Oh – and we ate Portillo’s…yesssss. I’m all about trying to eat healthier, but put somePortillo’s (or really any Chicago style food) in front of this former Chicagoan and I will go. to. town. If you’ve never had it, well…I’m sorry.
Take time for your marriages today, friends! It’s important and not worth letting go to the wayside.
Keep on sparkling! – Kate