Have you ever camped out, loved it, and missed it in the colder months? That's not a problem with this date for married couples, as it can be done anytime of the year, no matter the weather!
Gather together sleeping bags, snacks, a good book and anything else that you might take out camping, then pick a room in your house to make camp with your sweetheart!
If you don't have sleeping bags, you can use lots of pillows and a comforter instead like we did!
I adore journals, dairies, and notebooks! I like browsing through them in the store as I think about the many possible uses for each one. There are a lot of uses for a writer such as myself, but today I want to share with you some of the ways I've used them in my relationship, which you can try, too!
Back when my husband Andrew and I were dating long distance, I bought myself a beautiful journal so I would be able to record the day we first met in person. I wrote down that special day and all the good times we had together in the months there after.
It's been great to have each and every giddy moment written in ink and set upon my bookshelf! I can read over those memories and reminisce again and again.
I highly recommend this if you're going through a special time in your life that you always want to remember!
This one is sort of like a gratitude journal, but it revolves around my husband. I don't write in it every single day, but sometimes when he gives me something or does something I really like, I jot it down to reflect on later. (I also write things I find attractive about him on particular days, both character and physical traits!)
This is something that really makes me appreciate my husband, as well as feel loved and appreciated myself. Now typically this is going to be for married couples, and you would write this privately, but don't sweat it if your spouse finds it. Mine did, but it made him pretty happy to read my entries about him. Once he started there was no stopping him! (but it was nice getting a great big hug afterward!)
What You Are Journal
For my husband's birthday I started a very personal present a couple months beforehand. It was a little black journal which I filled from A to Z with his many positive traits!
Example of how you could fill this if you were to write one:
"You are Charming.
From your smile to the way you talk, you're incredibly charming!"
Next up, this one is on my journal to-do list! A Generosity Journal is used for recording what you're putting into your relationship. If you buy a nice gift or do a good service for your spouse you can record it here along with their reaction and how it made you feel. The goal is to fill the journal, so the idea behind it is you'll be even more motivated to give to your spouse. I personally like the idea of doing secret acts of service to make their day! (Side note, I'm opposed to keeping secrets in marriage, communication should always be open, but I do make exceptions for surprise gifts and acts of kindness.)
Dream Journal (but not the sleepy kind!)
Last one is for the dreamer! A Dream Journal is for writing future plans, goals, and ideas. It's like a bucket list for your relationship. For me, it's not just about places to go or accomplishments to achieve, but also the self-improvements I can make which will have the added benefit of helping my relationship thrive. This journal helps set clear goals to pursue.
That's all of the journals for this post! Have you tried any of these before? If you have, why not share your experience in the comment section? If not, please share which journal idea you like most!
Ready to enjoy the great outdoors with the love of your life? Here's how to add a little competition to make things interesting!
For this date you'll each need to bring a camera and a timer. Most cellphones usually cover both!
Go out to a nature reserve or nice wooded area and get your cameras ready! Separating during the competition—so you run into different animals—is advised, so you'll want to establish a meetup spot for after the time is up.
Once you're ready, set your timers (I recommend setting them for about 10 minutes) and go take pictures of as many different animals as you can! If you would like you can count all species of things like birds separately to increase your options! (Just make sure to establish these rules ahead of time!)
When your time is up, go to your meetup spot and compare your photos to see who got the most shots!
If you enjoyed this round you can have a best 2 out of 3 by taking pictures of different flower blooms, or different types of mushrooms, or maybe animal tracks! Your options depend only on the season. When you're done with the games, take some pictures of each other in different areas, then find a place to sit down together and look through all the photos together.
A nice plus to this date is you can make an album, either online or with a book, and remember the experience for years to come!
The autumn weather is often cool and comfortable, with bugs at a minimum, making it perfect for a picnic!
How many picnics have you and your Honey been on? Well I’d say it’s time to add one to that!
A few things to keep in mind for the date:
A picnic in the fall where the leaves change color is a great sightseeing experience, and one way you can make this date extra special is picking out a leaf together after you eat. Choose a leaf that is thin and flat with low moisture and preserve it with a little note from each of you about the highlight of your date! (An easy method to preserve a leaf is placing it between some paper then setting heavy books on top and leaving it to dry, though you can look up other methods!)
Once your leaf is ready you can frame it with an overview of your date, or store it in a journal, scrapbook, or photo album.
This little project will help you focus on praying for your sweetheart!
Start by setting out a square piece of paper for folding. I used paper that was red on the front and white on the back!
Pray for that special someone, then write what you prayed about for them onto the back of the paper. You can write it generically, or do what I did and write down the prayer as you're speaking.
Last, fold the paper into a heart shape. Of course you don't have to do a heart. You can fold a paper airplane or a crane, or any number of other shapes, but hearts are really simple and cute!
You will now have a nice way to show that you were praying for them! You can do this project over the course of a week or a month and share a collection of hearts if you'd like!
Have fun, and may God bless you both!
What if the two of you could make a date out of cute and fun ideas, and of good deeds?
When you do something good for someone else, you feel good. When you're able to share in that giving experience with the love of your life, you'll both feel great!
To start things off, sit together and make a list of all the deeds you want to do in a day, then let the date commence!
Here are some ideas which you could pack into one day:
After you're all done, share your favorite experience from the date with one another!
Ready for autumn?
Why not go to a pumpkin patch?
You can go to the patch for a hayride, pop by some stands to look at fall decor, and enjoy whatever else they might have set up. You and your loved one can pick out pumpkins or gourds to carve or paint once you get back from the venture! What you carve or paint is completely up to you!
No patch? No problem! Lots of places have fall festivals, but even if those aren't an option where you live you can still go out together to stores and make a fall party for two! (They do sell pumpkins all over the place, after all!)
Make a list of activities you two might enjoy doing, such as
You can also take some beautiful photos together when the tree leaves change colors!
Have fun together this autumn!
It's time to give them a day of bliss!
When you're passionate about something, you're willing to invest in it.
Even those clinging to every penny have things they're willing to spend money on. (Trust me, I know.)
With that in mind, when was the last time you really poured your money into the love of your life? I don't mean as a regular purchase, I'm talking about an investment with passion!
Here's the idea:
Take a few months and set aside as much money as you possibly can, then pick a day, preferably one in which your special someone doesn't expect anything (so in other words, not a birthday or holiday,) and lavish them with as many things that you can in that one day! The more things they love that you can fit in, the better!
Is there a particular restaurant they love to eat at? Take them out for dinner there! Do they prefer to stay home? Order a pizza or cook their favorite meal! Do they just prefer spending time with you doing something together? Then go invest in things to enhance that time together!
While you're saving be sure to listen for any little thing they mention that they want. We all have little things here and there that we like the idea of having but won't get for ourselves. If you pay attention, you might be able to surprise them with all of those desires! (Or at least a few!)
The goal of this date is to Lavish them with your love and make the day all about them! Aim not just to please, but to completely overwhelm!
So many choices, where should you go on that first date? Are you nervous about it? Then this date idea will be perfect since you get to sit down!
Go see a movie!
Seeing a movie is ideal for the first date, regardless of if this is someone you're just meeting or have known for a while now.
You spend a good amount of time watching it, it provides a topic for conversation, and it leaves little room for awkwardness! (unless of course you pick a really awkward movie...)
Should you choose to go and watch a movie together, take note!
What do they like to drink? What did they think of the film? Did they like it? Dislike it? Was there anything in particular that stood out for them? Do they seem timid about sharing their opinion? Movies open the way for easy conversation!
On a very serious note, and this is off the subject of movies! Regardless of if you're in a new relationship or just haven't gotten around to saying it, if you're not able or planning to get married for a long period of time, whatever the reason may be, you should clarify that as soon as possible. Some people are far more anxious to get married than others. They may look at it as something they just can't put off for a few more years. Don't cause unnecessary stress by not being upfront with your intentions!
Okay, that's everything! And if for whatever reason seeing a movie is out of the question, feel free to browse for other date ideas! Maybe something a bit more unique is just the thing for you two!
So hi! Hannah here.
This romance section of the website is all about helping others connect and grow with their loved one in God-honoring ways. Aitheros and I are working together to create the best website imaginable, so we decided it would be a good idea to combine what used to be three separate websites into one! The content here is from one of the sites I ran.
My goal is to help all couples, and even beyond that, singles looking to be married in the future, to achieve what God desires for them. That being said, dates aren't just for those looking to get married, they're also for married couples, of course! There will be a huge focus on married couples with areas dedicated solely to them. If you're married, you should be more in love, more connected, and more devoted than you were at any other stage of your relationship. I want to help add romance into every day of the married person's life.
Now then, for those unfamiliar, allow me to share a bit about my love story...
I met the love of my life, Andrew, online in a Skype group that I was invited to join. He lived in Pennsylvania, USA, while I lived a good 14 hours away.
On his 20th birthday—July 31st, 2014—we started dating. That was just one month after we had met, and a long distance relationship was definitely not my plan, but things worked out beautifully! Then, on April 7th, 2015, which also happened to be on my birthday, he moved to my home State (just eight minutes away from me!) and we got to meet in person for the first time. On November 2nd of that same year, we got engaged, and we were married on April 30th, 2016.