Mark and I just returned from 48 hours in Orlando, Florida as part of the Celebrate Family tour with Focus on the Family. It was so exciting to meet some of our Florida blog and Facebook friends!
This was a little getaway for just the two of us. Sure there was some work involved with Wednesday’s schedule of events, but we arrived Tuesday afternoon and there was time on this trip for just the two of us. Uninterrupted conversations. Laughing about silly things. Exploring a new city together. Sitting in the sun, reading, talking…even napping!
Stepping away from the everyday responsibilities on occasion is healthy for every marriage. And if your budget doesn’t allow a getaway with overnight accommodations, you can always have the kids stay with friends or family and do a getaway in your own home.
So this is a challenge to anyone who is married and reading today’s post. What do you have on your calendar for a getaway with your spouse for at least 24 hours? If there’s nothing on the calendar, get something planned. Today.
We’re even throwing in a giveaway to this challenge. If you do a getaway with your spouse by August 30, email me at jillsavagegiveaway (at) yahoo (dot) com and tell when and where you went. I’ll enter you in a giveaway to win a Simply Romantic Nights package offered by Hearts at Home. (The Simply Romantic Nights package includes: Is There Really Sex After Kids? book, Marriage Love Notes, and ‘Simply Romantic Nights’ (a Family Life Resource). Every month you and your spouse can each pick a romantic adventure to rekindle the flames of passion in your relationship.)
I can’t wait to hear about your marriage getaway!
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My husband is a youth pastor. Summer is a very crazy time for us, with two back to back camps and everything else. But our 6th wedding anniversary is in July right in the middle of summer camp, so I asked my husband if he would make plans for us this year. He said sure. We got this flyer in the mail for an upscale hotel in Las Vegas, for 4 days and 3 nights for only 300 dollars. We thought this sounded wonderful considering the hotel is noramlly 400 dollars a night. So we are going away on August 24th thru the August 28th. We are soo excited and cannot wait for our time away! Our daughter gets to stay with her grandparents and they are excited about that! I love scheduled time away. I too think it is vital in a marriage. Thanks for the enouragement!
Many years ago when I lived in IL I heard you speak about getting away on a regular basis. Since then, we have tried to do it every year. It's not always easy, but it is a priority. Yesterday was our 15th wedding anniversary. I surprised my husband with a cruise. I've been saving for it little by little. He was thrilled and we are both looking forward to our November get away. Thanks for the many marriage and family lessons you've taught (and continue to teach) me.
Right now is a tough time to get away. My husband is in the military and goes to school full time. We have a 2.5 and 4 year old. And we don't know very many people, we just moved to Maryland. Praise God, we have found a reliable babysitter that the boys love! We are going to have dinner and see a movie tonight. Something we haven't done in a really long time. We are going to plan regular date nights and I even started a date night can to save money in.
My husband and I go away for a weekend every year for our anniversary. We started this tradition after our kids were born. I look forward to it all year and so does he.
My best friend is paying for our one night away and staying with our kids 2 and 4 while we are gone. We are planning it for July. It was her Christmas gift to us, and she doesn't yet have kids so this is easy for her. We also take our kids to my mom and dad's to stay almost once a month, just for a night. I love our little "stay-cations". It's nice just to wake up next to my husband and not have anyone crying for mommy or breakfast! 😉 I had a hard time leaving our kids at first, but I look forward to our time away. I can't even begin to tell you how much better our marriage is for it. To those whom think it is impossible, keep trying!!!! It is sooooooo worth it!
Last summer was the first "real" couple getaway we've had in years. We drove to Door County, Wisconsin. It was beautiful! We visited a couple lighthouses, a winery, beaches, and ate at a couple of restaurants from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! It was so great to really enjoy being a couple again. What a blessing! I can't wait to do another trip like that (after baby #3 stops nursing! 😉
My husband and I just got back from a weekend in the Ohio Amish country. We kept it pretty inexpensive as the hotel was paid with points from our credit card and we spent Friday evening just driving to the general area. Saturday we explored the area, that neither one of us knew, and we checked out both quilt shops and woodworking shops – those were things that interested both of us. We then spent a little while at a county fair and ended up getting caught in the rain and soaked to the bone. But we had a great time together just talking and having uninterrupted time together. We took time on Sunday to visit a wood carving museum and then came home on the backroads and we ended up taking in a craft show too. But most importantly was the time we spent in the car just the 2 of us talking and thinking things through that we hadn't discussed with each other. WE had a great time and were able to celebrate our 10th anniversary, too!