Relationships require tender loving care to stay strong. RancherMan & I are 25+ years in love, y’all. It makes us smile that so many people (including complete strangers) comment that we must be newlyweds.
But like any relationship, it doesn’t just grow on its own. We take steps to keep it strong, we make sure to find time for each other.
The world is sure a stressful place these days. And all that stress can take a toll on your health and family life. So during particularly stressful times it’s doubly important to learn to recognize your own stress, or stresses experienced by your family members.
Family supper time is more important than you might think. Studies show that gathering around the supper table together each day as a family offers more than just a meal. I’m sharing the impact it made on our family.
In a continuous push to purposefully spend more time with our family, RancherMan & I always look for opportunities. We have a tradition to drive to one of our kids’ homes once a month to have dinner together & spend the day with them. They fix whatever they’d be having for supper that day, but with two more servings to accommodate RancherMan & me. We bring something to go with the meal such as dessert, a side dish, or maybe a bottle of wine – hostess’ choice!
We also try to drive to Oklahoma when we can to visit my dad, or to west Texas to visit my favorite aunt & uncle. There’s an important message here:
Spend time with the ones you love. If life is busy – make time! Tomorrow is never promised…
But recently RancherMan & I enjoyed a weekend at Surfside Beach on the Texas coast with several family members. What a special time! And RancherMan really loved the beach fishing too. (Always wearing his cooling UV-Protective Shirt of course)