Life in Galena with Karen was a pretty sweet few days. Nothing to do but take naps, exercise, swim, talk, play board games and cards, soak in the hot tub, watch movies in front of our in-room fireplace, eat out and enjoy the wonders of a couple vacation. Our home base for all of this was a nice (and cheap, for Galena!) hotel called The Stoney Creek Inn.
This kind of thing is something that Karen and I try to do at least once a year simply because we enjoy it and it is good for us and our marriage. By "good for us," I don't mean in the sense your mother used to refer to the broccoli on your childhood plate, i.e., it's not much fun, but it is beneficial. No, I mean that it's just good for us to re-connect, relax, and recreate. It's good just to be a husband and a wife again away from our kids for a few days.
Since I'm a pastor, let me offer a gentle pastoral admonition to all the married people reading this: If it has been a while since your last couple's getaway, get one on the calendar now. The blessings to your marriage are worth the costs in time and money. Who knows? Maybe you'll find that the flame of romance you enjoyed when you were first married hasn't burned out but just needed fuel.