Saturday, July 11, 2009

Many many years ago when I moved into the house in La Puente I went one day to a meeting. I was expecting to hear the usual messages and talks. What I heard instead changed my life forever and for the better. I along with those others in attendance were told that we should have a date night each an every week. Seems like a small thing. We were told to keep Friday nights clear for date night with our wife.
I remember changing schedules and conflicts to make this a reality. We didn't have a lot of money to spend. Many times we could just afford the sitter. We have made this apart of our lives that now it is like breathing we don't think much about it we just know that every Friday night is our date night.

I have enjoyed this time. Having time for just me and my sweet heart has been great. Sometimes when money was really tight and we would get a "Thrifty" ice cream cone, or people watch at the mall. Linda once said how much she looked forward to Friday's and date night. I thought to myself 'I must be a great date' when she followed it up with " I can't wait to get out of the house and not have children wanting you undivided attention".
Last night was just one of those nights. Linda asked what I wanted to do for "date night" and we headed to the beach to watch the sun set. We went to Seal Beach, got burritos for dinner that we ate on a bench . We walked the beach watching the sun set. It was great and reminded me of how much I love my wife and these times together.

Date night remains a tradition if our house. I know all of my girls expect it from there spouses.
It is amazing to me how small counsel can when followed change lives. I hope all of you stay in love and if you don't have a date night it not to late to start!


Tamar and Trevor said...

Thanks for your great example. I still think that every stake should have it on their calendar. Trevor puts it in our ward calendar now.

Karina & John Calderwood said...

Thanks Dad! I overheard someone say the other day that while they see many people with good marriages, she couldn't pinpoint one example of a perfect marriage. I immediately thought of you and Mom. I know that marriage always takes work and the same is true for you and mom, but I am so thankful for the example that we have of the love that you and mom share. LOVE YOU!