I think this is my favorite picture from our vacation. It reminds me of the fun we had and the bonding we did ... of the freedom of just being together with no daily responsibilities ... of the ability to finish a sentence without being interrupted by one of our sweet children ... of the feeling of reconnection that is so needed for husbands and wives.
This vacation was to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, and it is the first vacation we have had alone since having children 12 years ago. Sure we've had a night here or there, but I think more time is needed to truly decompress and leave your daily responsibilities behind.
Very soon ... and I mean within minutes ... after returning home and coming back to the "real world," I felt like someone dropped a huge boulder in my lap of all of the problems I needed to immediately start solving and all of the tasks that needed to be done.
It made me see in HD clarity how the busyness of our lives as parents robs us of our relationship with our spouse if we are not intentional about claiming it as vitally important. I do not want this feeling of reconnection to go away.
But getting away like we did is no small undertaking -- which is why many of us parents don't do it often enough.
Having had a taste of it, we are committing to not let another 12 years go by before we have another vacation alone. I'd like to shoot for one a year. Hey! At least it's a goal!