by Danny and Doris Gallagher
We have tried for (almost) every year of the 25 years we've been married to make a personal a one- or two-night retreat at an area retreat center or hotel.
During our weekend, we make sure that we get plenty of rest, laugh a lot, and we eat at some really good restaurants! We take some time during the first night to consider how the past year has been, and choose a Bible passage that helps us to talk about that to each other.
The second day we take some time to think about our couple relationship and our relationship with each of our seven children. Since we have homeschooled, it's also been a time of reflection about how the schooling is going and what we might change in the coming school year.
Finally, we talk through those relationships and we make some decisions about what kinds of things we need to do over the coming year to get to a better place in our relationship and the way we are interacting with our children.
It's been great for us to take time to do this. It's really helped us to step back, particularly from the kids and consider different ways to help them with areas of growth. We've found that this time spent has been an important way show how important our relationship is and how important our family is to each other.