Luckily, Josh and I realized this truth pretty quickly: that date night is something to be intentional about, cherished, and thoroughly enjoyed - all to the Glory of God. Just like our marriage.
After reading a couple of blogs by my friend, Jen at The Arizona Russums, Josh and I discussed how much we admired the methods the Russums had put in place for their date nights (to learn more, read Jen's blog posts here and here). We agreed that twice-a-month date nights would be sufficient for us, especially with all the doctors appointments and other commitments we have. We also liked the idea of each of us planning one of the two dates, and I see it as a great privilege and honor to do something special like that for my husband.
Our first date night was Josh's pick. And boy, did he do good! He's always been so attentive and in-tune with my likes and interests, so I consider myself very lucky to have him as my husband. Because he knows I enjoy trying new restaurants and going on long, meandering drives, that's exactly what he had planned for us! I knew he had worked very hard to plan a meaningful evening for us, so I wore the earrings he got me for Christmas (that, up until that point, I'd been terrified to wear because they are just so beautiful).
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After a very nice dinner, where we were both surprised by the interesting take the restaurant had on traditional dishes like satay and pad Thai, we went for a drive through and around Seattle. We drove up near Elliot Bay, saw the Space Needle from every vantage point imaginable, and ended up cruising through the campus of Seattle Pacific University, where Josh had worked prior to us meeting. It should be noted this was one of my favorite parts of the evening. Because Josh and I had such a short courtship (met and married within 6 months), I absolutely melt whenever I get to learn more about who he was and what kinds of things he did before I knew him.
Our last stop of the evening, before heading home, was a delicious trip to one of our favorite dessert chains - Menchie's! We have one near our home, but decided to try out the one on Queen Anne. It was so much fun to hold hands, walking the streets of Seattle, eating our ice cream and talking... laughing... sharing... the little things. ♥
I'm looking forward to our next date night - this one will be my turn to plan. I've come up with a few ideas so far and am looking forward to being able to bless my wonderful husband with a fun and care-free evening out.