Friday night found my husband and I minus three of our four children -- a rarity, indeed. The Girls had been invited to a sleepover, and The Boy was at his grandparents. My husband and I took the opportunity to spend a very nice evening together. We shared some drinks and appetizers and, most enjoyably, some uninterrupted conversation, at a great restaurant on the St. Croix River. We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful summer evening. After dinner, we went to my in-laws, who live out of the Cities a ways. We sat around a campfire, roasted hot dogs, and stayed up past 11:00! (We are early-to-bed, early-to-rise people.) My in-laws left us alone. The Baby was in bed (she slept ten hours in a row!). We slept in the camper. Saturday morning, my mother-in-law set her china out on the deck and served my husband and I breakfast. She kept The Boy and The Baby in the house. We spent a couple of hours out on the deck sipping our coffee and enjoying the fresh air and the sounds of the birds.
I have often been reminded that one of the best things you can give your children is a happy, healthy marriage. And, Lord knows, the more children a couple is blessed with, the harder it is for that couple to carve out some time for themselves. But it is soooooo necessary. My husband and I can tell when it's been too long since we were able to enjoy ourselves and our marriage. It is only with the generosity of people like my in-laws that we are able to get away as often as we are. Thank you Grandpa and Grandma for watching the kids! Thank you for providing a Bed and Breakfast experience for us! We love you!