Once we got past the intense “newborn stage” of having a new little one, my Beloved and I set a new goal of having a date night once a month (ironically inspired by a motivating article in Dr. Sears’ Attachment Parenting Book). I don’t know why we hadn’t done this years ago, but we knew we really needed to do this!
It is so easy to become overly busy; whether it is from the kindheartedness of an inability to say “no” to too many obligations, or going to and fro to attend various “obligations” (even church-related ones!). Such busyness can really encroach upon a marriage.
We have learned over the years how important it is to cultivate the “best friend-ness” of our marriage. We love being together; why should this person whom we have a covenant to spend the rest of our life with, take a low priority on our “to-do” list for the week?
Our weekly date nights are frugal, of course, but absolutely priceless. We love being home together (we can really be such hermits, sometimes!) 😉 and love taking the time to engage in conversation. Once the little ones are in bed (we try for early bedtimes on those evenings), we can dream and think deeply together. Over the past weeks, it has been so nice to discuss dreams and plans for the future, as well as reminisce over the past.
Our date nights at home have included a candlelit homemade dinner, juicing apples for homemade spiced cider, watching the Fireproof movie borrowed from the library, and a game of Scrabble with stove-popped popcorn, for example.
“So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Our marriage is a precious gift from God. We are so thankful for the work He has done in sustaining it, and we want to glorify Him by being good stewards of our relationship with each other. Simple, but challenging.
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