Brandi was explaining to Beau that it is important for parents to invest time in marriage retreats because we can slip into routine, but taking time together helps us be intentional in our relationship.
Some time ago, God gave me an analogy of life before marriage as one-dimensional (1D), just me and God. Marriage before kids is two-dimensional (2D); the three points of God, my wife, and me create a triangle of relationships. Continuing the analogy, categorically, life with one kid is 3D, and life with multiple kids is 4D. What God showed me this evening is the aspect of quality. I realized on our vacation last week that you can't have high-definition 3D and 4D without high-definition 2D. Low-resolution 2D can not be used to produce high-resolution 4D. So, it is important to take time to recalibrate and clarify the marriage relationship (2D) so that the relationships between the parents and each child (3D) and the relationships among the children (4D) can be higher quality.
Last night I had fun wrestling with my boys in the living room. I feel like that was an overflow from our trip last week.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your abundant love that flows through us and cascades through our children. May our family be a blessing to others and to you. I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.