Communication is not always going as well as it should in our marriage. Especially during the spring season, Paul and I need to plan ahead of time (or last minute) date nights. It works out well that we both share similar interests: food, shopping, sports, Christian concerts, etc. Last week, we booked a baby sitter (very last minute-he didn't even have his supper yet), and we went to Costco. Of course, we came out spending way more than what we anticipated and of course we had to look at their garden center! After shopping, we did what we both enjoy so much...we went to the Tim Horton's Stone Cold Creamery and ate the most delicious ice cream in the world!!
It was interesting to read Sheila Wray Gregoire's blog post http://tolovehonorandvacuum.blogspot.com/ today about date nights. She and her husband do not plan regular date nights because they spend a lot of time together, talking and doing things that they both enjoy such as playing tennis and taking walks. Paul and I however, have to plan date nights. If we don't go out, we are on our separate computers, or I'm on the phone, he's watching hockey, or we're discussing the children's schedules, our schedules, or my honey do list. We need to leave the house in order to be alone and to have time to communicate with each other without distractions. However, with this nice weather finally, we are able to sit on the deck and have a short chat (before Paul starts drifting off).
Spending time together is so important, yet difficult to do at times. Things get in the way, meetings get in the way, sports get in the way, work gets in the way, schedules get in the way, etc. Some things, however can wait. "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). It's crucial to make time for our spouses/marriages (even if it's just getting groceries together)!!!
I think I need another date night soon (but perhaps one with a little less calories)!!