How to make your Date Night a reality

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IMG_1912You know who I miss? Doug.

Sure, we go to college together. I see him at least twice a day. Sometimes we do homework together. Sometimes we eat lunch together.

But here’s the thing. Amidst the busyness of our weeks (and weekends), trying to juggle school and work and ministry and friends and family, we forget to add us into the equation. Him and me time.

So, a few months ago, realizing that we hadn’t actually gone out on a date in weeks, we designated the second sacred day of the week (after the Sabbath of course)—Date Night.

Date Night is that one night a week where everything is put on hold. Meetings aren’t scheduled, phones aren’t held, and homework is delayed.

It may sound time-consuming and expensive, so here are some tips on how to make your date night a reality.

  • Treat it like it’s sacred. No matter how important whatever comes up may seem, we schedule around Date Night (or move Date Night to another day that week). Whatever you do, don’t skip a week.
  • Take turns planning it. I don’t expect Doug to be a bottomless pit of date ideas. Taking turns is fun! I love thinking up of ideas I think will make Doug smile 🙂
  • Go simple. Last week we did a sandwich picnic at a park and then went for a walk. The week before that, we went for a drive, bought sodas at a small corner store, and sat on the hood of our car drinking them and talking.
  • Go out. Go simple, but go out. Laying around Doug’s apartment munching on chips and cookies (those seem to be the only food items in his apartment) is always tempting on Date Night. But Date Night is a time to go out on little adventures and have some couple fun.

I hope this helps as you try to stay connected through the busyness of your week. What suggestions do you have for making date night a reality??

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