Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, and Naomi Rose generously offered to be with Shalomy so we could go out for dinner together. Wow… I can’t remember the last time we were on a date on our own – certainly not since he was born, but probably for quite a bit before that as well! (We’ve only been out with him, sleeping or otherwise.) We used to be quite decent at carving out time to invest in our marriage, but actually leaving Shalomy behind and GOING somewhere just the two of us?! Needless to say, I was super excited and also nervous.
The date was wonderful, in case you were wondering, and I got to dress up! I have had to dress up for various occasions since giving birth – for simchas, photographs, Wrapunzel shows, concerts, etc. – but getting dressed solely to look beautiful for my husband? It felt like a new world to me. Picking clothing that I know he loves on me, and putting on makeup that he likes (aka very little) just felt fresh. Basically what I’m trying to say to all of you that may have let this part of your life slide to the back burner: PLEASE DO IT. It will revitalize you in all areas because if your shalom bayit (harmony in the home) is shining and growing, so will the rest of your life 🙂
It was also super important for me to redefine myself – as more than a mother, hostess, Wrapunzeler, family member, musician and all the other ‘hats’ that I wear. These things are super important, but I needed to remember that the greatest gift I’ve ever been given is being my husband’s soulmate. I now feel more whole and am so grateful we were able to do this. (Thank you Naomi Rose!)
Anyway, here is what I wore!
May you all be blessed with love and renewal. Kol tuv!