On Friday MOPS had its annual (at least I think it’s annual since I’ve never been before) MOPS & Pops Night. This year was a catered Texas Roadhouse dinner and the Focus on the Family Date Night Challenge webcast. The webcast featured comedian Jeff Allen, musician Michael O’Brien, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, and hosts Dr. Greg & Erin Smalley.
The challenge is three dates in three weeks (+ one date a month). Once you register, you will be emailed a link to a guide for the date nights. The first date was the webcast. It is to play and laugh together. Our theme for MOPS & Pops was Lights! Camera! Date Night! so the room was decorated with movie/Hollywood decor and even a red carpet! The guide has ideas for the next two date nights which are to Be Curious Together and Reminisce Together. We might actually change it up and do the date #3 idea first.
A big thanks to Norm’s parents for watching the girls while we were out. They had a lot of fun.
I really enjoyed the evening out and really was challenged to make our time together a priority. I can’t remember Rev. Samuel Rodriguez’s exact words, but it was something along the lines of….when we focus on making our marriage healthy, it will result in a healthy church, which makes for a healthy community, in turn leading to a healthy nation.
I also came upon another similar challenge. It is the Love Language Challenge. It starts on Valentine’s Day and the little tagline is “5 challenges, 5 weeks, 1 love story”. You can take a little quiz about your main love language, have your spouse take the quiz, and then sign up for the challenge. I think you will receive an email each week with ideas using your spouse’s main love language for a weekly challenge.
We generally try to get one date night in a month when we can, and it is nice to be a couple instead of mom and dad from time to time. I’d love to hear some ideas for creative or different kinds of date nights. What’s your favorite thing to do or place to go on a date night?