Tutorial: 52 Weeks of Dating

Hey Loves!

As you all know, one of the reasons I started this blog was to empower wives and help build marriages. One common method of doing the latter are date nights. These are weekly to monthly nights that are reserved just for the couple to re-connect. They give the couple a chance to disconnect from work and life, get dressed up and have a good time together.

The problem with this is, sometimes, you get in a rut. You may live in a small town and there are only so many restaurants you can go to. Your budget may not permit for extravagant evenings out. Or, you just want to try something different but don’t know where to start.

Well here I am to your rescue (much to my pleasure) with a tutorial on how to make a ‘Date-Night Jar’

Supplies

1. A large mason jar or small vase

2. Different colored paper (cut in small pieces) or post-its

3. Paper

4. Pen (enough for both for participants)

*Note: All items can be purchased from your local dollar store

First, you and your spouse must carve out time to complete the date-night jar. Yes, this is something you two should complete together so all desires and ideas are considered. You could actually make this a date too by either going out to grab coffee or dinner or staying in and having some yummy appetizers or desserts.

Next, get your paper and pen and start brainstorming. Both of you should jot down at least 30 ideas for dates (it is harder than it seems but it is for the good, I promise!) in case there are repeats between the two lists.

Then, make sub-heading that the dates will fall under. They can be anything. Ours were:

· At-home

· Luxury

· With Friends

· Under $10

· Under $25

Then compile both lists into the sub-headings you decided on.

Finally choose a color (paper or post it) that coordinates with each category and write all the dates in said category on that color. For example:

· At-home-white

· Luxury-yellow

· With Friends-green

· Under $10-orange

· Under $25-pink

Then you put them in the jar and decide who picks for week one!

I hope you enjoy!

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Finding the Blessing in Everything

Picture it: Florida, in the summer of 2013. Around 7 in the evening a vegetarian natualista parks  in the garage and the second she walks in the house she feels the heat…not in a good way.

“Why is it so hot in here” she yells at her husband who has stripped down to his knickers. It didn’t matter what his response was because it wasn’t going to solve the problem. She raced upstairs, checked the thermostat which read 80-freakin-2 degrees, found the home warranty information, calls and submits a new claim with hopes the A/C gods would smile on her. That didn’t happen. No service until the next day (at the earliest) was the verdict. She yells, she roars, she throws things. Realizing this isn’t going to help she threw herself into work in an attempt to calm herself. And then it dawns on her, it could be worse.

 

She could have not had A/C at all or not had the home warranty to get repairs done at minimal cost. She could have not had an understanding and loving husband who didn’t judge her for having a temper tantrum.

She made it through the night and even made it through to the next afternoon when the repair men arrived. They came. They saw. They fixed. All in like ten minutes. Friends, she is me. (DUH!!!!)

That day, I learned a lot. I am really blessed and sometimes the most dramatic moments and drastic changes are what it takes to remind me of that, which shouldn’t be the case. I should see the blessing in all things, not just the catastrophes.