Simple Date Idea #7 – Gratitude Walk

My husband and I have discovered that often one of the first “honeymoon phase” practices to go is expressing gratitude to each other. That means it’s often a distant image in the rearview mirror for most couples who’ve been married for any length of time. But oh how it improves the atmosphere and culture of […]

Simple Date Idea #6 – Go for a Hike

Now that the temperatures are beginning to improve and the flowers are starting to bloom, you and your spouse should take advantage of this by going for a hike! This simple date idea, like so many others I’ve shared about, will cost you nothing but a few calories and little wear and tear on your […]

Simple Date #5 – Visit a Museum

My husband and I dedicate Fridays for a “date day” each week—trying to find at least one or two fun things to do and explore on that day. One of those “fun” things has been to go to a museum. I realize that a “museum” date idea might evoke a yawn or a roll of […]

Simple Date #4 – Movie Night Bedside

It’s often next to impossible to go on a date to the movies with your spouse when you don’t have enough money for expensive box office tickets, and/or you have small children with no reliable babysitter. Sometimes, you might even have a spouse who doesn’t like to go out in a public arena for various […]

Simple Date Idea #3 – Photo Scavenger Hunt

Here in the Midwest we’re having an unusually warm weather pattern for February, which means we have so many more options for going on a simple date. One that my husband and I love to do together involves capturing photos of either the beauty outside or moments inside for a quick selfie of us, or […]

Love Language Gift Ideas for Your Spouse And Linkup

Because Valentines Day is less than a week away, I wanted to turn my focus to romance and the power of giving just the right gift to each of our unique partners. I’d like to use Gary Chapman’s book and concept based on five distinct love languages* as the basis for a Valentines gift-giving guide […]

Simple Date #2 – People Watching

In the winter, it’s easy to let dating our spouses go by the wayside. But in this Simple Date Idea # 2—where you go “People Watching”—you can do this in the warmth of a mall or grocery store, as well as combining an errand with dating your mate. Now, that might seem like an awful […]

Make Dating a Priority with Simple Date Idea #1

Sometimes we can let our lives become more crowded and busy than we should with kids to shuttle here and responsibilities to do there, eventually putting the priority of dating our mates on the back burner. Then we wonder why our marriage feels so lifeless and our spouse seems distant and uncaring. If there’s one […]

From Messes to Messages Linkup

Even though I’m taking a short one-week vacation in the Wisconsin Dells and Chicagoland, I wanted to still offer the linkup while I’m away. I hope that any Christian bloggers will linkup below and I’ll be back to host next week for “From Messes to Messages” linkup. I also wanted to invite you to a […]

12 Ways Being Vulnerable Can Ruin Your Marriage

If you have been around Messy Marriage for any length of time, you know that I am a BIG proponent of vulnerability. Don’t get me wrong … I’m not flip-flopping on the issue of being vulnerable with who we are with our mates. That’s something we all should strive for! I just know that … […]