Why I Don't Like Date Night

My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary and it had nothing to do with a nice restaurant or flowers. Perhaps you can relate. Here's how it happened:

We had worked all day, he kids needed attention and the thought of getting dressed up was laughable. So, instead, we shared a slice of chocolate cake out of a "to-go" container while the dishwasher hummed in the background. Then, the baby started crying.

Some would argue that we should have found a sitter and gone out. I'm sure I've read a marriage book (or five) that would agree. But let me say this for my fellow homebodys: Date night can be found sitting on your own living room rug with a deck of cards.


PS - I did however send a peom to Joel during the afternoon and thought you might like it as well:

"The Wild Rose" by Wendell Berry

Sometimes hidden from me
in daily custom and in trust,
so that I live by you unaware
as by the beating of my heart.

Suddenly you flare in my sight,
a wild rose blooming at the edge
of thicket, grace and light
where yesterday was only shade,

and once again I am blessed, choosing
again what I chose before.

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  1. SunshineT posted on 02/20/2013 10:44 AM
    My husband and I have been married for 20 years and have 5 children and I cannot tell you how important date night really is! Although date night does not mean you have to go out and spend money! We joined a Parents Night Out Co-Opt a few years back and it gives us every other Friday kid free and most of our date nights are spent lying in bed watching a movie. It is so important to have one on one time with your life partner without the interruptions that our wonderful children can bring.
  2. SharonS_15 posted on 02/20/2013 01:59 PM
    It's ALL GOOD!
    Life brings all sorts of surprises and to be true and flexible to every occasion, is what helps the boat not to rock out of control!
    And then, to counter that, sometimes we just have to determinedly STRIVE forward if it is a TIME that can't be repeated and we really NEED to bless the other person.
    TRUE LOVE understands and that's where the beauty of no expectation supercedes what the world says you have to do!
    Wishing you many occasions to be blessed and refreshed when the time is good for ALL!
    Thanks for all your encouragements and sharing REAL life Sarah....
    Your voice brings such warm fuzzies to every gray day!
  3. DaraG posted on 02/20/2013 03:21 PM
    Any event is not determined by time, place or what is spent. it's an attitude of the heart.
  4. Mc Maggie posted on 02/21/2013 05:01 PM
    I write poems to my husband because for me, none of the poems out there expresses exactly what is in my heart. Our anniversary is in about 2 weeks away, it's always so exciting. I agree with everyone else with not spending a bunch of money, if you are like us, you don't have it. I am for making the day unordinary, unique and perhaps the unexpected. We are Scots, so we light our wedding candle every year and drink from our wedding Quaich & have communion. It reminds us that our Lord is still Lord of our marriage and the center of who we are.
    I LOVE date night!
    God bless you all
  5. ScottO posted on 02/24/2013 07:39 AM
    some people don't have anyone. that must be tough to stay home with your husband ;)
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