February is one of my favorite months. Although we don't really go 'all out' for Valentine's Day, Greg and I do like to set aside some alone time to have an adult conversation or two. And that practice comes highly recommended. :-) If you have a trusted person who is willing and able to keep your children for a day or so, it can be extremely helpful for the marriage (and for the kids) to take a respite. Ours are working out to be an average of twice a year, and may last for 24-48 hours. And it's a blast. I love being with my husband in a relaxed environment outside of our home and away from everyone we know.
The weekend before Valentine's Day, we were able to get away to one of our favorite tiny little towns all of 20 miles north of here. We had so much fun just being together in a complete state of silliness and relaxation. More than once, I was reminded of how my husband takes care of me. In fact, he practically forced me to take this little break, which I felt was coming at too busy of a time. He insisted that we eat at one of my absolute favorites (not his), Tu Pueblo. It's a locally owned Mexican restaurant that is as authentic as it gets (at least this far north), and their salsa is the best!
A few days later, Greg was telling me about a phone conversation he had with a girl who is considering marriage. It amused me...he said to her, "How does he [boyfriend] serve you?" I can only imagine that question sounding a little absurd to her at that point. :-) Then he went on to explain to her that while he was having the conversation with her, he was also emptying the dishwasher for me. Yes, he had worked hard all day, but emptying the dishwasher had become one of his ways of making my day more manageable. To him, it was a big deal that her prospective husband not only be respectable and kind, but also someone who treats her well, helps to lift her load, and loves her unselfishly.
My husband has definitely learned my love language (acts of kindness), and he lives it daily. I'm spoiled rotten, and I know it.
Thanks for listening while I brag on my man! :-)