I’m Dating….

Dating….it’s a jungle out there.

Well, it is for all you singles anyway. I’m pretty secure where I’m at.

See, I never stopped dating even after I got married.

No…it’s not what you think! Y’all are dirty minded!! I am dating MY HUSBAND!

I know most of you knew that already, just wanted to tease you a little.

I have been with my husband for 25 years, married for 23. We have four kids, a house, we both work full time and we still make sure that we date each other.

I have found that there are so many couples, especially parents, who forget to pay attention to the one relationship that is for life. Their marriage.

We haven’t always been good at the dating thing though, we fell into the rut everyone falls into. THE PIT CALLED PARENTHOOD!

You all know what I mean! We all made the same excuses! The baby’s too small and I can’t leave them, I don’t have a babysitter, we don’t have the money, my kids are my life, I don’t do anything without them, we wouldn’t know where to go!

The list goes on and on. Well, I’m here to tell you that you need to put this relationship first if you want to have a long and happy marriage. Obviously there are a lot of elements that go into longevity, but dating is definitely one of the keys.

A few years back, our marriage was lacking something. We still loved each other dearly but we were missing something. And I came across an idea on Pinterest about “Cheap Date Nights”. Well this piqued my interest and I decided to take this a step further. I proceeded to “gift” my husband a years worth of date nights for Christmas.

He was a little leery at first, as he didn’t know what was in store for him. But after the first one, he was hooked and it’s become kind of a tradition for us. We gift each other time every month and it’s always a good time.

So I’m here to help you out. I’m going to provide you a list of ideas, some we have done and some we will do in the future. I encourage you to tweak these as needed to fit your life, your finances, and your child situation. I understand what it’s like to have small children and a lack of trusted sitters, but even if your date ends up being in your room after everyone is asleep it counts.

Sandi

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