This week my husband and I went away for two days. A friend kept our older two boys and my sister kept the younger two kids. We got a later start than we planned to after having to stop back at home a couple times for forgotten things. Got to my sisters house (she lives about 15 min from us) and realized that neither of us ever put Sierra's overnight bag in the car. Thankfully the small town my sister lives in has a dollar general and Sierra got a new outfit, new jammies, and we just grabbed some diapers and wipes too.
When we finally got on the road without any children in the backseat we breathed a sigh at the sound of quiet. We enjoyed a leisurely drive up to our destination about two hours north of where we live. We stopped for lunch. Got lost a couple times. Shopped at a goodwill we found along the way (thrift store shopping is one of the few things we have in common oddly enough lol). Got to the cottage we were renting for the night and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
We talked. Without interruption. Entire conversations were had. We talked about getting into a routine at home to cut down on the chaos. We talked about my desires for our homeschooling. We talked about how wonderful it was to be together without children. We went out for a nice dinner. We woke up and played a board game together. Two rounds of it in fact. We lazed around until it was time to pack back up and head home. We stopped for lunch together before getting on the road to pick up the kids.
Today I'm thankful for our personal marriage retreat this week. I'm also thankful for the 7yrs of marriage we will celebrate on Monday. I'm so thankful that however it happened God put us together. I'm thankful that we take our marriage seriously and know that it takes work and aren't afraid to put the effort in. I'm thankful for a husband who loves me. I'm thankful for a husband who said as we were getting ready to come home last Thursday morning "this was the BEST PTA meeting EVER!" What a great way to look at it.