I still date my husband.

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I absolutely LOVE dating my husband!!! It’s been so long since we have went on a date, but last Thursday we were able to go on one. (Thanks to my wonderful father in law!) In fact, most date nights end up with a trip to walmart for the family… How boring…

Well, there was not anything playing at the movies that we wanted to see, so we went bowling. We know we have not been bowling just “us 2” since we had our first child which is now 6 years old. I had a wonderful time! I now know that Thursday nights are definitely not crowded at restaurants or the bowling alley! We agreed that we can not wait this long again for a date night. (You know it has been a while if you can not remember your last date.)

We truly believe it is essential to your marriage especially if you have kids. They need to know how much mom and dad love each other and enjoy being in each other’s company. My husband is still my best friend after 13 years. I want my kids to know this, too. I also believe it is essential for us. Some day our kids will be grown and out of our home. I do not want to wait until then to date my husband. It should be on going over the years. I believe some people forget how to have fun with their spouse or enjoy being with them because they put all of their effort and time into their kids instead of their marriage. Now, do not take that the wrong way. I believe I have a very short amount of time with my kids to live at home with me. I definitely want to make the most of every opportunity I have with them. We still make sure we have lots of family time. (That is for a later post.) We live a very hectic life and this is the reason why we have not had many date nights. The nights we are home, we want to spend as a family with our kids.

Last Thursday night was special. I had a wonderful time with my best friend. Taking our time at a restaurant we do not go to very often, a fun evening of bowling, and grocery shopping while taking our time to look at whatever we wanted. No agenda but to spend good quality time together. I will be looking forward to my next date with my favorite man!

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Fall Friday Nights

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When I think of Fall, I like to think of my childhood / teen years. Growing up in a small school, football games were huge in our town. As a kid, I remember playing with my friends at the end of the bleachers or by the end zone. We would have cheer clinics before Homecoming and we elementary girls would get to perform at half time.
Having a brother four years older than me, we were at football games every Thursday night for three years. Then every Friday night for three years. In seventh grade I began cheering for three years on Thursday nights. I will always have those wonderful memories of cold nights and fun cheering! I loved having my parents there to support my brother and me.

While I was in college, I was dating my now husband. He was a High School Junior and Senior during my first two years. He was also a drum major for his marching band. I loved going to his high school games and watching him direct. He was also in a town where football was (and still is) the highlight during Fall.

Now that we are youth pastors, we get to enjoy games where are students play football, cheer, or are in the band. I love this time of seeing the students. I know I always loved having family and friends supporting me. I also know it creates lasting memories for everyone involved.

Tonight, we took our young kids with us. It was cold, but we had fun together as a family. Both of my kids enjoy the band. My son loves watching the game and my daughter enjoys watching the cheerleaders.

If you have kids in activities at school, go support them any way you can. Encourage them. Make long lasting memories with your family no matter what season of the year it is and during any season of life!!!

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The Month of Thankfulness

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During the month of November, I read all kinds of “Thankful” posts. I think it’s a wonderful idea to share our wonderful blessings! Being thankful is something everyone can share. Even if life seems horrible at the moment, you can always think of something to be grateful for. Try it today! It may even make you feel better and change your attitude or perspective about your situation. Do not take life and your necessities and even your wants for granted. Do not take the people in your life for granted either. There are many others who have more than us and also many others who have less than we do. Our life situation can change at any moment. Be thankful today. I would love for you to leave a comment about what you are most thankful for in your life. I will begin first. My favorite thanks are for my relationship with Christ, my husband & kids, our families and friends, church, and knowing that our needs are met.