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Hello date night!

Date night?  Anyone with kids remember what that is?!?

I love my husband and I love my kids.  We do however go through times that we need to reconnect.

It seems lately that if have the opportunity to go out minus kids we can’t seem to think of a new place to go.  I blame mommy/daddy brain for the forgetfulness.  So we have a sitter.  What happens next?  Inevitably we head to the same restaurant we always go to or head to the movies.  What else is there to do in the Midwest?  There has to be more to life than the same old.

So we got smart. We began writing down new restaurants and new activities as we thought of them. Those things I read in our newspaper that I thought sounded really fun to try but I knew I’d never remember later.  The new restaurant hubby mentioned that would slip his mind when the next date night rolled around.  Thus, the date night jars were born!

I have three jars based solely on price.  In case it’s a tighter week than most we can do something on the cheap.  If we are going out for an anniversary or birthday maybe something pricier.   Massages of course could be pricey or cheap…

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I’m so excited to put these into play.  Rather than going to the same boring places it will be like it was in college! We’ll be more adventurous in our activities, try new foods and therefore have more memories.

I’d love to share some pictures of your date night jars if you feel inclined to share them!  I’ll also highlight your blog if you’d like.

Question of the day – what is your favorite date?

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Excitement….chaos….remorse oh my!

Hmmm…where to begin.  It all began last week, four days ago to be exact.  It was a complete spur of the moment decision. During my blog travels to find some new blogger friends I stumbled onto a blog named Finding Hope. YES, YES, YES!!  I immediately connected with the author. We seemed to have a lot in common.  Would this truly be where I found my hope?

Finding Hope
 

Things have been crazy here lately. Companies closing down, other companies on the downturn, my husband going back to school full time, wilder than normal kids and no time for really anything other than the day to day.  I felt as if I was drowning. It’s up to me to keep this family running during this next year and I’m feeling more than overwhelmed (can we say triple overwhelmed?!) about what I need to do. I wanted to do something I wanted to do instead off always what I must do. Not necessarily in a selfish way but I needed some quiet time alone with Him. I’ve known for a while. This is my chance to rekindle.

The most current post on this blog was about an upcoming bible study about the Proverbs 31 woman through Good Morning Girls. A woman I so desperately would love to be but is it at all possible? I decided in all of about 15 seconds that I was going to do this. I email the author of the blog to join the group.  A three month, five day a week study about this ‘perfect’ woman.  Two to three verses per day – how hard can that be? I can surely find 5-10 minutes of quiet time to myself to study and meditate on these verses so I can be an integral part of this group.

I’m all set…printed my study guide, printed the e-book, joined the Facebook discussion group.  I am ready to go.

Day one. Monday May 14th. I struggled with finding my quiet time. I really wanted to get up early so I could grab an iced coffee and enjoy this quiet time. I set my alarm and of course the children that never get up early get up 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go off. Failure. Fast forward through the day. I find my 15 minutes at the very end of the day. 11:45pm. I’m wondering what I’ve gotten myself into. Was this a mistake? Was this not the right time? Everyone else in the group seems so put together. Great…now I’m intimidated but determined.

Day two. Same story. I’m now wondering if day three will pick up. I’ll be sure to let you know!

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Quickest way to relax

Have you ever colored just to color? Have you ever wished life were as simple as it seems in a movie or television show? I LOVE coloring with my kids. It’s calming, relaxing and just plain fun! Here’s a picture my boys wanted me to color because I’m a girl and Jessie is a girl. Such a cute reason. I had a lot of fun.

Take 10 minutes out for yourself today to and be sure to comment to let me know what you chose to do!

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Exceptional!!

Some days can be gloomy, some can be busy, some can be looooong , some can be rainy…….   Yesterday was one of these rough days. It felt like it may never end! Kids, pets, husband, cleaning, working….by the end of the night I was exhausted. Even relaxing didn’t even sound comforting.

I’ve decided today is an exceptional day! None of those other things will matter today.  Life is on hold today. Today we make cookies, color, run, play, act silly, snuggle, build a fort and do anything else that makes our hearts happy. Have you done anything amazing on one of these exceptional days?


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Psalm 118:24
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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