Monday, December 31, 2012

In Sickness and Health

I have spent the last four days fighting a cold that I'm sure came straight from my two sweet little boys. I was exhausted, congested and achy and just wanted to sleep until it was all over. My husband was home this past week and he was able to help with the boys while I rested. He took them places, wrestled with them and generally kept them out of my hair. But do you know what made me feel better than any of that? A hug.

I know that sounds cheesy but it's true. I was so sad to be missing out on time with my whole family. I hated feeling so bad and not being able to kick it. I had been at home for weeks with sick babies and now we still had to do one more week. The pity party continued in my mind until my husband sneacked up behind me and wrapped his arms around my waist. He laid his head on my shoulder and stayed there for a minute. Just long enough to remind me that love is all I really needed. I felt the stress drain out as I let go of the need to control the situation. And you know what? I started to feel better.

We went out together this weekend and giggled and flirted like teenagers. I can't tell you how much we both needed to remember how much fun we have together. Would it have felt that fun if we hadn't been stuck at home for weeks? Probably not. Sometimes things are sweeter when they are hard to obtain. For married couples with kids, I think time is one of the toughest.  Tough, but so worth it.

How do you make time for your spouse even when life isn't perfect?

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