Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. ~Jean Anouilh
Don't you love going on a date with your husband? At my age it's easy--plan the date and go. But when you are in the middle of parenting it's a lot harder to find the time, finances or even someone to babysit when you wish for some alone time with your husband.
I was fortunate when my kids were young. I had built in baby-sitters with our senior pastor's wife, Janet, who claims my girls as grandchildren and Beth (wife of Associate Minister of Outreach). There was rarely a time when I needed another babysitter unless it was for an adult church function we were all involved in. And then I was blessed with a mature teenager, Tracy, who loved the girls and was as trustworthy as they came.
|Ivan & Katie 2010|
I found a Dates for Mates: Romancing the One You Love by Lisa Keyes and Debbie Black while in a discount bookstore for $2.99. It's full of stories of ways to connect creatively. There's even a fun idea a wife came up with when a husband was working on his doctorate. I've tucked that one away and plan to use it sometime during this next year. This would be a good book to include in the gift basket.
Thank you for sheltering our couples of parenting age. It's Biblical. As older woman we are to mentor the younger ones. What better way to show the importance of romance and dating than with a date-in-a-basket? Give them time to talk, listen, and yes, laugh together.
Anyone can be passionate,
but it takes real lovers to be silly.