My husband and I are officially empty-nesters.
My son just moved out and my husband and I are actually alone for the first time ever (I had a daughter when Paul married me).
Perhaps because we started off as parents (with all the stresses and strains that that brings), we worked hard to make time for each other. We had date nights (many on the cheap), talk time after the kids were in bed and generally focused on our relationship as something that would (hopefully) last past the child rearing years.
Well, it's nice to say it did. As our nest empties out, I love being able to look at my sweetie and find that he is not a stranger. He is my friend and lover.
I share this for two reasons.
1. I'm doing the happy dance and I have to share it with someone.
2. I hope it encourages y'all.
The intentional effort to build your marriage during all seasons of life is worth the relationship you will reap. I do know how hard it is to engage (in any way) with your sweetie after a hard day of chasing kids and working (at home or about), but really it is worth it.
Keep investing in little ways every day.
Whatever you do in your life, always go the distance. Ken Norton
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