I have a hard time saying "Yes." "Yes, hon, let's go see that movie we've both been eyeing." "Yes, let's splurge on a steak for dinner this weekend." "Yes, let's skip class and sleep in and...ahem...spend some time together this morning." "Yes, let's go stay in a hotel this weekend."
Actually, I have said "Yes" to all these statements at least once before, but it's always a struggle. Usually I don't want to spend the extra money. We can eat what's in the house! We can watch a movie on Netflix! We can just stay home and relax this weekend! I really should go to class today!
But you know what? I never once have regretted saying Yes. It's always worth it. We do something fun, together, special, and it's always a blessing.
Take this weekend, for example. We've been talking for a while about spending a night at a local hotel--nothing fancy, just to get away--and I'd been balking about it. "We really don't need to spend the extra money. We can just stay home and have a quiet weekend." Well, my husband knows me. He knows that if I stay home, I'll be constantly thinking about--and trying to get done--all the things around the house that I KNOW need doing. Like cleaning the bathroom, scrubbing the kitchen floor...you get the idea. He also knew that if he kept asking, I would just keep saying no, and he also knows me well enough to know that I'd really love a weekend away... I'm just too frugal (read: cheap) to say so.
Friday afternoon he picked me up from work and announced, "I've booked a room for tomorrow night." I gave him the look. The one that says, "You stinker. I could say a lot of things but at the same time I can't." And I didn't say no. I'm so glad I didn't.
It was a great weekend. We took advantage of the hotel's pool...along with half-a-dozen toddlers and small children and their parents...we watched cable TV...we both took long, hot showers...we napped...we enjoyed the "free" breakfast...we brought our own supper and DVD because the room had a mini-fridge, microwave, and DVD player... it. was. awesome.
I'm so glad I said "YES." (or at least, didn't say no!)
Maybe I'll start saying "yes" more often.
What about you? When have you said "YES" in your marriage (other than when you accepted the proposal!)?
Linking with: Exceptionalistic, What Joy is Mine, The Modest Mom, The Better Mom, The Alabaster Jar, Yes They're All Ours