July 21, 2009

just us


In every life there are days of joy and just as many others of frustration... and so many that seem to lack the necessary hours of extra time to spend... time for just us. But this month... has been a gift. Without those two sweet smiling faces gracing our home, we have had time to focus on each other... on ourselves, on our home. There have been many evenings that have included simply sitting... watching something on television... quiet between us, with perhaps just a burst of spontaneous laughter. But sometimes words aren't needed... and in the quiet, we are comfortable. And comfortable is good. And it seems, for as many quiet evenings, there have been other evenings and days when we have headed off on a whim... for a movie... for ice cream... for an unnecessary errand... for fun. And it is just nice to know... that when the time comes and we are on our own again, that we actually still like each other. That we can still make our own fun together. That we both cherish the comfortable. And so this is my gift to unwrap today... and maybe again and again when the moments between us get tense... or we feel like we are just passing each other in the hall, not pausing to see the love we share. And as much as I am looking forward to whooping and shouting when those kids come racing up the walk tomorrow evening... I will miss the times it has been... just us.

14 comments:

Kellye, Chad, Hayden, and Sebastian said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I'm at a point in my marriage where I feel like all we're doing is passing each other in the halls and I hate it! How I long for the days that you wrote about in this lovely post! Thank you for this hope!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so nice. I was also thinking about your time alone this summer...it is practice for the empty nesting days that are unfortunately right around the corner.

togetherforgood said...

What a wonderful gift. Every time my husband and I get some "us time" I am unbelievably thankful for the fact that we still like each other. :)

Jen said...

We often take our 'gifts' for granted. Guilty me.
Thanks for this post.

Kelli said...

I'm thrilled you are able to enjoy some alone time with your hubby!!

deb said...

Lived through you guys a bit lately... we get snippets here and there.
This was beautifully written Dawn.

jenn said...

You are so lucky to have the opportunity to spend time together! Enjoy your last "quiet" evening together!

K said...

What a beautiful post.

Glad you took advantage of your time to reconnect a little.

Jo@Mylestones said...

Dawn, am I allowed to admit that I'm a wee bit jealous? What a wonderful gift to have "just us" time with the hubs. And you're oh so wise to see it as such and to savor the time instead of wishing it away in hopes of the kids return!

Mildred said...

Glad you have had the quiet and fun times too!

Melissa Stover said...

that's so nice. and a lovely picture too.

Sharone said...

I can definitely relate to the need for "just us" time - it's hard enough to find time for it with the ebb and flow of daily life, even without kids. What a special gift for the two of you :)

carie said...

you are a lucky woman...and what's better is you know it. great post.

Bee said...

With Anna away at college, we have mostly "just us" days. And as much as I miss her, I've enjoying being that way. It;s like you say. We like each other whether it's quiet or we've headed off on another day trip.

It's more than nice to know that I'm still married to my best friend.