Michael and I have been married almost 14 years. With school, work, extra-curricular activities, church, other obligations and pile on an international adoption (help me; I’m drowning in paperwork): it’s SO easy to just be two people who pass in the hallway and collapse in the bed at the end of the day. We manage kids, schedules, and finances, but we also want to be intentional with our marriage. We always said we would make regular dating a priority, but life gets busy and good intentions aren’t enough.
For Christmas, I gave Michael TWELVE pre-planned dates in envelopes. Tickets bought, dates planned and it’s been the BEST GIFT I EVER GAVE US – OUR MARRIAGE. I know I have my man’s undivided attention, a dinner out, an activity or concert together – ANYTHING. As a mom (especially as a homeschool mom), I get burned out. This time together is so refreshing for me. It fills my cup and I can’t wait until the next one.
So far, we’ve attended been able to go to An Evening of Worship at the War Memorial Auditorium, Winter Jam (which is put on by Holt International – the adoption agency we used for Zoe’s adoption), a Third Day concert, and to the Ryman Auditorium for Sam’s Place with Steven Curtis Chapman. We won’t always do concerts, but we are in Nashville (aka Music City) and we love music, so we’ve been thankful to get experience those together.
I’m so thankful for these date nights with my man. It really doesn’t matter where we go or what we do, I just want to be wit him!