A year or so after we got married, DH got a new job working second shift. It wasn't the most ideal of situations, since I worked days, but we managed. During the week we were lucky if we saw each other for a half hour to an hour each evening before I headed off to bed. We learned to make the most of our weekends and guarded them closely.
A couple years into it, I started our Friday Night Feast. Usually DH would just eat the leftovers of whatever I had made earlier in the day, but on Fridays I would wait to eat dinner with him at 11:30. I'd make something special and set a nice table. He would sometimes come home to find me grilling lamb chops or steaks by flashlight! It was a great way to reconnect after a long work week.
Even though we're not working opposing shifts any longer, we still guard our Friday nights carefully. It's the time to leave all the office politics and stress behind and concentrate on what is important.
Last Friday we had our first fire of the season. We chatted, drank some wine, ate some yummy s'mores, and watched the flames dance on the hearth. It was quiet, peaceful, calm - what I want my home and my life to be.
It was good. And I am grateful.
And I'm looking forward to it again.