Hi guys! I know I’ve been a little quiet this week. We’ve had some pretty big transitions going on in our lives and they required the majority of my focus.
After 13 amazing years of youth ministry my hubby and I are “passing the baton,” so to speak, to an incredible couple whom we’ve had the pleasure of doing life along side of since they were in our youth ministry. The circle of life is a beautiful thing isn’t it?
How many of you just thought of The Lion King? I digress.
In all seriousness, we love teenagers and would’ve been youth pastors until our dying breath had God not started tugging our heart strings in some new directions. The most amazing thing about this transition is that we literally worked ourselves out of a job. I know I’m bias, but I literally think my husband is the most amazing mentor in the world! He loves people so deeply and over the past couple of years I’ve watched him pour himself so selflessly into others, that they now not only know our jobs, but the heart behind a pastor & ministry as well.
Like any major transition in life, it’s very bittersweet for us. I have shed some serious tears over the course of the last few weeks. BUT, its also been so filled with peace because we’re confident in God’s leading for us, our INCREDIBLE youth staff and in the couple that’s succeeding us. Great things are in store all around.
transitions, they’re stressful ya’ll! 🙂 So many things flood your mind and vie for your attention. And finally, last week we had had enough.
SO we took a page out of Jack Johnson’s lyric book and thought…
“Maybe we can sleep in
Ill make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now…”
That’s right. We did it. We took a vacation day and had a “Day Date” right in the middle of the week.
Bam, take that adulthood. Now we didn’t exactly make pancakes, but we did pay the very nice man who made them 🙂
I grabbed a workout while the hubs slept in and then we got our brunch on. Exhibit A.
Meg-“I’ll take a 2 egg veggie omelet dry, no cheese, add spinach”
Chris-“And I’d like pancakes the size of a sombrero.”
After filling ourselves with yumminess we set out to a matinee. Matinee’s are so great, they’re literally half the price for the same film. Its just not very often you can see a movie at say, 2pm on a Thursday, so take full advantage when you can!
Dating as a couple is so important, but it becomes especially important when you “are just too busy to carve out time.”
You’ve got to pull away, reconnect and refocus. Whenever you’re walking through something major, it’s important to walk through it together. And if you’re not in a relationship, it’s still important to schedule dates with your friends and fam! 😉
When your life and relationships get out of balance, your world can get pre-t-ty small and your perspective gets skewed.
So what’s the number one thing that keeps you from scheduling “dates?” Time, well we just covered that one 😉 How about the $ factor? That’s pretty much the biggest excuse I hear, but listen up friends, dates don’t have to cost a lot of money to be awesome!!
Chris and I have been on a constant quest to find the “world’s greatest coffee shop” since about 2011. Cost of date=about $6.
Another great date idea is to go exploring model homes. (See some AWESOME ones here)
It’s one of our favs for a couple of reasons. First, its totally FREE. Second, it’s a great conversation starter about what you would love in your “dream home” and why. And third, it can give you great ideas for your current space.
That’s actually what lead us down the whole road to our current living room DIY 🙂 Here we are taking in the worlds coolest bathroom:
So, there’s a couple of low-cost high-fun date ideas from us. But, I’d LOVE to hear your ideas too!
Until Next time…