Doug and I are approaching our 9 year anniversary next month! I really can’t believe how fast time goes. I can honestly say with my whole heart that he is the man of my dreams and my soul mate. However, marriage takes work and I believe weekly date nights are a big part of making our marriage work so well.
Doug and I work together. We raise our boys together. We are always together. But, we are doing life, managing schedules, and changing diapers. Although we are together, we are not really connecting. It is so important to set aside time where we go out and exhale and just connect. We go out to dinner, go for a stand up paddle, see a movie, whatever. It doesn’t matter what we do, it just matters that we are together, without any distractions and focusing on one another. I want to hear about his week, his dreams, and date the man that I love, the man I am married to. I think people get married and forget that that is just the beginning of this great lifetime adventure together.
Marriage takes effort, time and energy, but it is the most important relationship we have besides our relationship with God. It is important to make it a priority in our lives and invest ourselves into it. We only have one life, and we get to choose who we share ours with. Date nights are a great, easy way to start the foundation that healthy marriages are built on.