This is probably a very appropriate post for the day after Valentine’s Day. A few weeks ago, you may recall, I was complaining about never having the opportunity to be alone with my husband anymore.
Well, when God answers prayer, He doesn’t mess around! It was just a day or two after that post when it occurred to me that, although it’s sometimes hard to make arrangements with the grandparents because of their schedules and such, surely with three sets of grandparents, we could arrange one night a month for a date night. And, it’s not so much that they can’t or don’t want to watch the kids. The biggest issue is giving them enough notice, which we often don’t do well because we tend to be very “spur-of-the-moment” kind of folks.
So, with all that in mind, I spoke to each set of grandparents, asking them if they would be able to watch the kids one night every three months, which would equal one date night a month for Brian and I. They all agreed that this was certainly doable. Knowing that we’ve already discussed it makes it easier to call them up at the beginning of the month and go ahead and make arrangements for a time that is convenient for them.
In addition to this, Brianna has a friend who spends the night occasionally and who babysits for her parents from time to time. While I wouldn’t like leaving Brianna alone in charge of Josh and Megan, I feel okay with her and her friend babysitting for awhile. As I explained to Brianna’s friend, her job is to make Brianna be nice to her siblings. 😉
So, all of a sudden, Brian and I have lots of options for time alone, which is really nice! As I mentioned before, I think it’s really important to guard your marriage and to avoid letting yourself get so wrapped up in the kids and homeschooling that you lose touch with your spouse.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. – Genesis 2:24 (KJV)
So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. – Matthew 19:6 (NIV)
What are some of the ways in which you guard your marriage?