Marriage Takes Work

When I first met my husband, I knew I wanted to be with him. He was funny, engaging, and handsome. I loved how he looked at people when he spoke to them, how he genuinely listened to them, how he made them feel important.

When he asked me to marry him, it took me less than a second to say yes. {And then ask him why it took him so long to ask :) }

Marriage child-free was great, we could do what we wanted when we wanted, and we could sleep in!

Marriage with children is hard work.

After a rough night with one, or both girls, my husband is no longer knowledgeable, smart, or funny.

In fact, he can be annoying, dumb, and irritating. So much so, I could consider divorcing him……

Thankfully, we both realize that our frustrations come from being “on” all the time.

Worrying about the children,
Entertaining them,
Feeding them,
Keeping them safe.

And we can forget that we are a team. That we need to work together.

We love each other, and yet I feel like we don’t always appreciate each other. So recently we took some time out from our lives as parents and went away. Just the two of us. No kids. For two nights.

It helped. We didn’t do anything special other than hang out, and

Talk, with no interruptions
Eat, with no schedule
Sleep, with no early wake-ups.

And during one of our walks I saw the following picture in a window. {Maybe it was a sign for us}.

{That’s me snapping the photo!}

As I read it, I realized

We can get lost and forget to be the person we want our partner to be.

And we need to remember to connect.

The getaway was great, but you know what? We missed our girls and couldn’t wait to get back. But, we also started to chat about our next getaway.

Do you take time to reconnect with your partner? How do you reconnect?

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    Teresa says

    Great post! I feel the same way, the relationship we have after kids is so much different than before! We can’t be selfish anymore, the kids need our time and energy. I love how you found a sign, literally!
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    Amiyrah says

    Oh man, I loved reading this post! I recently posted about a conversation my DH and I had. We couldn’t decide which was harder: Love or Marriage. Our son came within the first year we were married, so we basically have always had children as part of our marriage. I sometimes forget that the kids are a factor is how well the marriage works. Thanks for writing this and planting that seed in my mind.
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      Carolyn says

      Thank you!
      We try hard to have a healthy and great marriage, so our daughters can see one. Sure we mess up once in awhile, but we try.

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      Carolyn says

      I think date nights are important. We started them a few months back. Going away was different and fun. We plan to do more overnights.

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    Maisie Knowles says

    Couldn’t agree more. If you don’t take the time to work on your marriage now while kids are around there will be nothing keeping you together when you’re empty-nesters. Dating shouldn’t stop after your vows, you’ve got to keep dating your spouse so you don’t drift apart. I’m so glad you guys got to get away!!

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    Jody Brettkelly says

    Wish we’d done loads more getaways when the kids were smaller but we did go out every Sat night and usually one other night as well. A 5pm getaway was imperative. At the time it totally felt like we were in the trenches and we always tended to do compete on how miserable our days were, laughed about it later though.
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    Karen says

    Such a wonderful post. After the kids come along it is so easy to forget the love that got us here in the first place. Hubby and I definitely need to plan us a little getaway this summer.
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    Kim @ Coffee Pot Chronicles says

    Visiting from SITS.

    Even though my husband and I are currently childless we don’t always get to do what we want, when we want, or how we want. That’s just life. Maybe it’s just because I’m kind of cranky today but it kind of irritates me that parents seem to think us childless couples have it so easy. I certainly don’t. I balance a hectic schedule, a single-income, getting bills paid, sharing one car, and all kinds of other struggles on a daily basis.

    That being said, when we can we do just shut off everything in the household and curl up on the couch for a movie night. On the lucky few days/nights, we either take an impromptu road trip or we go out to dinner somewhere.

    And you’re right — marriage does take work with or without kids involved. Lately my husband bugs the ever loving crud out of me and it’s likely just because I have a lot on my mind. At the end of the day though I have to remember why I married him: Because he’s a kind, caring, generous, and hilarious man who loves me. Just that some days he will annoy me and vice versa.
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    Amanda says

    I totally needed to read this! Relationships are hard work, and kids make them harder for sure. This was the perfect reminder after the week I’ve had and the weekend that’s yet to come…lots of stress, but I love them and even though it takes work, it’s so so so worth it.

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    Karen says

    Until recently, my husband and I did not take time out to connect. We were, as you say, always “on.” I didn’t realize what a toll this was taking until we were forced to spend some time together without the girls as we were facing some major medical issues and decisions. Even through the rough times we realized how different it was giving ourselves a few hours to be adults without worrying about the girls interrupting. I am a huge fan of taking some time to connect with just husband and wife now and will be making arrangements for us to have some quiet time a couple days a month now.
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