Finding Our Happiness In Marriage
My husband and I had the luxury of spending the weekend alone with each other. Completely kid free. This sort of vacation doesn’t happen often as you may have been able to tell by my status updates. I was completely unsure what to do with myself.
While we were extremely thankful for the kids being away at their grandparent’s house we laughed at how our date night was different from what most would consider to be romantic. We stayed home and worked. I know, some of y’all are saying “yuck” and wondering why we would do that. The sort answer is that we have found happiness in marriage with one another.
Originally, we were going to go out and do something grown up, although we didn’t know what that meant, other than it would be a kid free zone. No singing mice, no creepy clowns serving fries and no cows protesting burgers. Apart from that, we didn’t really have a plan.
But as the week went on and the weekend got closer some unexpected cost came about. Nothing too drastic to call off a date night but going out and spending money no longer seemed like a wise idea.
We are strongly committed to one another and we know that our happiness doesn’t rest in the need for exotic get aways, while they are nice and we would totally go to an exotic location if given that the circumstances are right. Instead, we find happiness in working towards goals as a couple. We have desires in life and one of those desires is doing right by our little family of four.
So, this weekend we cleaned house – together. We picked up toys together. He swept and mopped floors while I put away laundry. I cooked him a fancy dinner, he hung decorations on my walls. We took a love language test to determine what our sons love language might be. We then set out to buy him a gift from the store so that he would know how much we love him. We prepared a chest full of dress up clothes that we got from local thrift stores so that our daughter can play pretend.
We held hands as we walked around town, we talked in full conversation with one another, we gave of our time to one another, created memories, and most importantly we filled each other’s love tanks the way that best suited the other spouse.
Monday Marriage Challenge:
Consider this: What does it take to make you happy in your marriage? What does it take to make your spouse feel satisfied in your marriage? Are you meeting each other’s needs?
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