Since then, I have come to fully embrace, and fully enjoy all that my marriage has to offer. Simply put, I think marriage is downright blissful. We laugh, we snuggle, we talk, we eat waffles together on Saturday morning, go for walks together, ski, share our dreams, confide in each other, pray for one another and love each other with a commitment I didn’t even think was possible. Yes, we get in spats and disagreements every now and then like every couple, but we always emerge stronger and happier. Marriage has been the most amazing experience. And we’re pretty darned determined to keep in that way!
Especially now that we are trying to start a family, David and I want to be closer than ever. We know having children often throws your marriage into rough water, and we want to be prepared for that. I *so badly* want our children to grow up knowing that their parents were strong, happy, in love and passionate about their marriage.
So when we heard about the Art of Marriage conference that our church was putting on, we decided to sign up. We heard it announced in church and the announcer said “after all, we do preventative maintenance on our cars every 3,000 miles, we fertilize our lawn in the winter to make sure it’s healthy in the summer….why don’t we take the same care of our marriages?” Good point!
The conference consisted of a series of videos, on different topics, ranging from communication to romance. The videos featured interviews with marriage experts, pastors, authors, professors and lots of fun little dramas. We each had a companion guide with us as well which had tons of supplemental information, insightful questions and exercises to do together at home. David and I both agreed that we got a TON out of this conference. It was informative, fun, challenging and thought provoking and we would encourage anyone to attend!
Here’s a link with all the different conference dates around the country. The one we went to provided free childcare and I’m sure some of the others do too. Just something to think about! =)