Growing our marriage is something that's very important to me. Shortly after we started TTWD, I visited the local Christian bookstore. I went to find a women's devotional since I had long outgrown the teen devotional Bible I've had for years. Instead I found some other books, or rather they found me. After looking at a couple books on marriage and submission, I put them back. But I kept finding myself going back to them. Finally I figured if God kept putting those books in my hands, He meant for me to read them. So I bought them.
That started us both on the road to growing our marriage. Since then, we've bought several more books, including a couple's devotional. We've also found Bible study guides about marriage online and studied them together and separately.
But the one thing that never occurred to us was a marriage conference or retreat. I don't know why it didn't. After all, I know some churches do couples retreats. Ours doesn't as far as I know, but I have heard of other churches doing it.
The other day as I was catching up on Facebook, I noticed one of my friends mention that she had just registered her husband and herself for a marriage conference. She provided a link to the conference they were planning to attend. I wasn't going to check out the link because I figured with her living in a different state, chances were that the conference was going to be too far away.
But something told me to look and, to my surprise, I found out the conference is only a couple hours away from us. It's also near enough to my family that we can leave our daughter with them instead of trying to find a sitter for the weekend.
I talked to Steve about it and while he wasn't as thrilled by the idea as I was, he said we could go. So, barring any unforeseen circumstances, it looks like we'll be attending our first ever marriage conference later this month. I'm excited. Aside from this being our first conference, it will also be the first time we've went away without our daughter since she was born, something that is long overdue.