a marital retreat in Nashville

Soon Alex and I will be celebrating seven years of marriage. It's been a great seven years, but not without stress and hardship. It seems that, especially since we've had kids, it's been difficult to make our relationship a priority. Truthfully, we've never been very good at that. We never did regular date nights or had regular heart-to-hearts about our future. Communication just isn't a strong suit for us. And since we had kids, well, our marriage has really been on the back burner. 

It's just so easy to forget about each other. Our focus is on the everyday things that need to get done. Bath time. Cooking. Cleaning. Working. Paying bills. Sleeping! Romance just isn't high up on the list of priorities. We love each other. Heck, we're crazy about each other. But we're focused on other things right now. 

But we realized that our anniversary is creeping up on us and we don't have a history of celebrating in any big way. We wanted this year to be different. We wanted a few days where we could focus on us and remember what we love about each other. 

So we packed our bags, left the kids with the grandparents, and headed to Nashville, TN. You guys, it was awesome. The whole weekend was just...amazing. We ate delicious food and listened to great music. We talked about life. We hung out with friends. We slept in the same bed, next to each other, all night long, with no interruption. Can't even remember the last time that happened. 

We love our kids and we missed them terribly, but it was freeing to let go of the stress of caring for them day in and day out. It was fun to spend time together doing things that we love without a care in the world. And I remembered something. This man I married is pretty great. I can still talk to him about my dreams and my worries. I can still have fun with him at concerts and markets and restaurants. It took getting away from it all for a weekend to reconnect and recommit to each other. 

I'm glad we were able to have this special weekend together. And I'm hopeful that we won't forget it and we can continue to make our marriage a priority in the future...because I'm definitely counting on having a long and fruitful future with this guy. 

Pssst...to see photos from our trip check out the hashtag #AcesInNashville on Instagram. So much fun!