Becky and I celebrated 29 years of marriage this past August. We could not be happier. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t take a lot of work, but we are committed for the long haul.
One of our staples for staying healthy is a regular date night. We’ve been doing this for as long as we can remember. It used to be every other week, but now that we are empty-nesters, we’ve moved it up to every week. We love it! Our dates can be as simple as rollerblading then having ice-cream, or something more exotic like dinner out and a movie. The point is: we keep it simple and try to have fun. We also have a “date envelope” that we continually stock with money throughout the year. This is not designed to pay for the entire date but is an envelope filled with $10 bills to help off-set the date night.
Most of our dates are inexpensive and simple—that’s the way we like it. It gets us away from the pressures of normal life, allows us to connect, and allows us to have fun together. Not every date is a ’10’ (some have been a ‘1’), but we keep dating nonetheless. We’ve found that couples who date and have fun together tend to stay together. That’s our plan!
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor