Just like any other gal, I enjoy going on a date. It is a bit of a challenge to go on dates often because of my husband’s work schedule and the fact that the Army never moves us near family. And, finding a person we can trust to watch our son in a town we don’t know yet is a challenge. Fortunately, we live close to both sides of our families for the first time in eight years.
With that being said, I stumbled upon this “box” called Date Night In, and I was intrigued to see if it was a fit for our marriage.
Upon opening this box, my first thought was, “Did I receive the right box?” As they have a Date Night In box for couples and a Kids Night In Box. The date was definitely geared for couples as it covered the topic of a solid foundation in our relationship- the building block candies is what threw me off, hahaha! My kiddo thought I got this box for him, to be honest. 🙂
I am sure that many military wives relate- I was running out of time to work on this date box because the Army decided it needed my hubby’s attention instead of me having his attention for a date.
Christopher (our six year old) was begging to have a “date night” with me as he loves building things and he got excited about the box having candy in it. So, I decided to build the structure with kiddo and save the other challenge of building a wooden surrounding around a candlelight for my hubs when we get a second to ourselves this weekend.
I used the theme of the Date Night In Box as a lesson to teach Christopher about who the foundation of his life is based on- he responded with God. And, he is right. I explained that having God as his foundation is what helps him stay strong when different things happen to us. By having trust, faith, and prayer, that allows our foundation to withstand the spiritual battles and we see what God wills for us as we persevere. Christopher was so happy we had a chance to spend time together to make something.
We ended up making a “wobbly tower” that was about five feet tall, and it held the jelly bean that my kiddo “carefully” placed on top. He wanted to make the tower taller than our house, and I had to convince him that inside was a flatter surface than outside (plus it was raining and I don’t do rain), and the structure would not be built the way he wants.
You know what? That was worth the change of plans. I don’t have to worry about this now since he is a kindergartner, but when Christopher grows up and gets married, he will understand the value of a date with his wife. That it is not the date itself or the kind of date that he needs to do for his wife, but it is the togetherness that stabilizes the foundation his future marriage should be based on- God. Whether it was a date with my hubby or my son, God ministers to us through each other. Christopher said his bedtime prayers, ending his prayers with thanks for time to spend with me.
I am looking forward to February’s box and putting our date down on the calendar so that I can see how my husband likes it 😉