With the everyday stresses of work and other responsibilities my husband and I love to get away even for just a night every once in a while. Disconnecting with the world and reconnecting with each other helps to re-center our relationship and refresh our love. We feel that taking the time to do something we enjoy together and then making the time to “simply be together” is vital. People may think that since it is just the two of us at home, why is it necessary to get away to relax and reconnect? I believe it is important to make the effort to go to a place where all we can do is focus on us; a place where we don’t get caught up in any day-to-day distractions. In reality, most of our relaxation time at home is spent watching TV together or (me) perusing the Internet ~ hardly connecting.
This past April we made a trip to Highlands, North Carolina where we had reservations at the Old Edwards Inn. This quaint little town has shops for browsing and delicious restaurants for dining. It was a chilly visit with temperatures in the low 30’s and highs in the low 50’s, so we enjoyed the lack of crowds and the relaxed atmosphere. We checked in that afternoon and as we were being served a complimentary glass of champagne we were surprised when the lady at the front desk told us they took the liberty of upgrading our room. We were delightfully surprised when we were escorted to our own private stand-alone cottage. Needless to say, we were elated and could not get over how beautiful it was and how fortunate we were to be given such a treat! It was an ideal setting to spend time together as a couple.
As we strolled through the various shops, we laughed and talked the whole time as if our unspoken goal was to make the other happy. The sky began to cloud just before sunset and we had to dodge the cold raindrops as we made our way into a nearby restaurant for a delicious dinner. Later, back in the cottage, the soft music from the TV and the warm glow of the fireplace added the perfect element of ambiance inviting conversation, warm snuggles, and eating complimentary Dove bars in bed! Later that evening my husband stepped outside to check the weather since a light snow was predicted. After only a minute or so the front door reopened and he leaned in to call me outside to join him to take a look at the sky. The crisp cold night air was much more bearable as we gazed for a few minutes at the unexpected star filled sky above. It was a perfect way to end our day. As we began the drive back home the next morning, we both agreed that this might have to become a new tradition for us. We felt so rejuvenated and renewed not only in our outlook, but also more importantly, in our relationship.
Philippians 2:2 “make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose”.