What Happens When the Kids Are Gone?

When you’re raising kids, focusing on them and their needs and activities can consume your relationship, particularly if you aren’t careful to prioritize one another. If you and your spouse spent decades raising your family and not putting your relationship before the kids, what do you do when the time comes to be alone again?

You may have envisioned and planned for this time years ago, but the sudden reality doesn’t quite match your expectations. Pouring yourself into parenting seemed like the right thing to do, but it came at the expense of your marriage.

Can you start anew?

Just because you’ve reached your golden years doesn’t mean that marriage is going to be easier. Many couples question how they can find each other and fall in love all over again in this new season of marriage.

The good news is that you can choose to start anew with your spouse, but it’s going to require some work on your part. A great marriage doesn’t just appear overnight. Relationships need intentional time and a commitment to work through the issues that slowly developed over the years.

Working it out

God intended marriage to last a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean that it will come easily for either of you. On the contrary, you’ll need to learn (and sometimes relearn) important skills that are essential for every relationship.

This weekend creates intentional space for you to be honest with your spouse. Not only that, it provides the framework and the means you need to develop healthy communication skills. Based on the experience of real couples and their marital struggles, the tools you receive at Weekend to Remember can offer immediate help for your marriage in this new season of life.

Experience the joy that can accompany marriage later in life. At Weekend to Remember, you’ll remember why you fell in love in the first place.


We hadn’t been to a Weekend to Remember for approximately 18 years. Being empty nesters now, the sessions that impacted me were far different than when we had preschoolers and school-age children. What is profound to me is knowing the foundation that was laid early in our marriage by attending Weekend to Remember has been paramount in giving us the tools to face with faith and hope the trials and tragedies our marriage has encountered over the years. –Wife, Married 31 years

The weekend broke through the normal day-to-day stuff that separates and isolates me from my wife. I believed I didn’t NEED this weekend. I thought things were pretty good. Thank God He didn’t leave me or my marriage at “pretty good.” It has made me rethink, recommit, and re-energize my desire to have a great marriage. –Husband, married 26 years