Good morning, Mamma. A young friend recently asked me out to lunch to talk about marriage retreats. Marriage is work, no doubt about it. And worth the work, for sure.
It’d be nice if marriage was easy joy. You know, like pulling a pint of Ben & Jerry’s out of the freezer, or having a deliveryman show up at your front door with a big bouquet of flowers. VIola! Hey presto, this is awesome!
But no. Marriage is more like making the ice cream, or growing the flowers… wonderful, but it takes work to get there. Ongoing work, what’s more.
Weekend marriage retreats have been a Godsend for my husband and I. This ice-cream-making-flower-growing thing gets hard sometimes. It’s nice to have a little support in our gardening efforts.
I’m going to post a link about a marriage retreat that my husband and I have enjoyed. We enjoyed it so much, in fact, that we’ve been back four times. It’s put on by a Christian group, but the messages they send about valuing your marriage, investing the time and energy into keeping it vibrant, and effective communicating would be valuable to all folks. They even talk about sex. And they’re funny, which, in my opinion, is essential if you are going to spend two and a half days talking about marriage.
Bless your date night, Mamma. Bless your marriage. And bless your day.
Remember, date night doesn’t have to be complicated. Grab and hour or so to sip a little something, hold hands and talk about what you like about each other. Sitting on the front stoop with a beer and a baby monitor counts. Snuggling on a sofa with Chipotle burritos watching your favorite DVD counts too. Even one glass of wine at the great Italian place across town.