Can I just say some things are good? Really good. You know like those things that make you feel warm inside. That make you feel loved. Cherished. Happy. The kind of happy that you were when you first said "I Do". When you were so in love it seemed that the world stood still. Yeah, that kind of good.
Well, yesterday and today has been that kind of good. There's not much I like more than being with John when we're just hanging out, enjoying one another. Just talking. Holding hands. And talking. About us. With no interruptions. With no 'to do list'. With no decisions needing to be made. Just remembering. Remembering why we fell in love with each other. Remembering why we made that lifelong covenant to one another.
Sometimes it takes getting away. Even for only a short while.
Several months ago I heard about a marriage retreat being led by Family Life. Immediately I knew I would love to go. (I would go to one at least once a month:)) But I am married to a man. A very manly man. For whatever reason, God made them different than us girls. And so for him to be 'excited' about this "marriage thingy" - as he called it- would just not be cool. But he agreed. We went. And we both were blessed by it. And he will even admit it!:)
"I didn't marry you because you were perfect....I married you because you gave me a promise.
That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine.
Two imperfect people got married, and it was the promise that made the marriage.
And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that protected them; and it wasn't our love that protected them; it was that promise." ---Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth
"The gospel of Christ crucified for our sins is the foundation of our lives. Marriage exists to display it. And when marriage breaks down, the gospel is there to forgive and heal and sustain until he comes, or until he calls."---John Piper, This Momentary Marriage
"You are an ancestor to someone yet to come. If you live your life knowing you are an ancestor, that will change the way you make your decisions, the way you live your life, the way you love your wife."---Albert Mohler
I'm so grateful for this weekend. I'm grateful for the ability to go. I'm grateful for the help from family. I'm grateful for Family Life. But most of all, I'm grateful for my John---and his willingness to go. And his efforts to make it great. For me. For us. For our family. Even if to some it wasn't the "cool" thing to do~