Today marks 13 years since my husband and I walked down the aisle. It is hard to believe we have been married for 13 years and together for 17. Below is a picture of my husband, Matt and I on our honeymoon in Jamaica.
Here is a picture of us now, still happy together.
When my husband and I were dating and newlyweds, we took more adventurous vacations than we do now with a family with two small kids. We have amazing fun with our kids while on vacation at theme parks, the beach, and other kid-friendly spots but it is still not the same.
Today, I was looking at an ad for white water rafting. My husband’s eyes lit up, he thought it looked fun and exciting. Immediately, I said, “It’ll be a long while before we could do that”. Then I started to think about the fun trips to Jamaica, Mexico, Everglades in Florida, and California we took, before kids. We had some fun times, adventurous times. Certainly we cannot take our 4 and 6 year old kids rock climbing, white water rafting, hiking through the jungle, snorkeling, water fall climbing, or horse back riding in the ocean.
As I recall our vacations before kids, I thought of not just the adventure but about the romance and how connected we were on our getaways. That was before we had anything to getaway from! I love my kids and I never want to “getaway” from them, however I’m starting to think that escaping with your spouse is just what marriages need today.
We put so much thought into giving our kids the best of everything, including experiences that we oftentimes neglect our marriages. Parents need to go on vacations to be the best Mommies and Daddies that we can be for our kids.
Escape with your spouse
In the article I wrote around Valentine’s Day, I talked about how spouses should escape with their spouse once every 3 months according to what I learned during a marriage retreat. We can’t always have trips around the world or country every 3 months, but there are plenty of Romantic Ohio Escapes for couples. This Winter, we headed to Hocking Hills and stayed at The Inn at Cedar Falls, a beautiful retreat any time of year for couple. For our anniversary this weekend, we stayed at The Inn at Honey Run in Amish Country. It is a hidden resort just 1-1/2 hours from Akron. I’ll be sharing details of the resort in another post. So, there are no excuses now. There are plenty of spots in Ohio to escape with your spouse, so leave the kids at home and focus on your spouse.
Now, I am about to plan an escape with my spouse. I’m looking for something fun, exciting, adventurous, and romantic. Any ideas?