Project: Taking Time for the Two of You
Purpose: Prayer, Praise, Communication, and Building Memories Together
Right now I’m holding my 2-month-old grandson while his mom and dad are off together for the weekend – their first getaway since their son was born.
It’s really important to take care of your marriage. Second only to your relationship with God, it takes precedence over all others, and provides stability for your family. While I’m a huge fan of including your kids in adventures, like “Yosemite’s 10 Best Easy Hikes,” it’s also critical to go on regular adventures as just a twosome.
- First, go on a weekly date with your husband. Options to hiring a sitter: Offer to trade childcare with a friend so that she and her husband can go on regular dates or ask a family member who loves hanging out with your kids to watch over them while you go out.
- What to do on your weekly date? Begin with prayer and praise. Why? It puts God first, and when you do that, everything else falls into place. Then, do whatever the two of you decide will allow for communication and will build sweet shared memories. It can be a walk in a park, a special dinner, or a service project – talk and plan together and then do it!
- Second, establish a monthly overnight. Same idea as the weekly date but overnight. Camping, hotel, or stay-at-home but all without kids. Same options for childcare as the weekly date.
- Finally, plan a yearly get-away for multiple nights. Same principles as the weekly and monthly times together. This can be near or far, whatever your budget allows. Planning well in advance will allow you to save up for this special time. Enlist relatives or a very good friend for childcare for this one.
Take the first step, grab your husband, and together decide on a weekly date. Then the two of you can plan the overnight. And, finally, grand-scheme as a couple your yearly get-away. You’ll be so glad you did as you reap the benefits of regular interrupted communication and relationship-building memories with God at the center.