Story Cast – Brand new Podcast Launch!

 

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You guys, I’m so excited to announce something!!!

About a year ago, I felt like God was telling me to do something…share more, be more, give more, lead more. I wasn’t quite sure what that something was specifically…until one day, when I was chatting with my sweet friend Rebecca over coffee. She had been feeling similar feelings! We talked through it and it hit us. What if we started a podcast? To do all of the things listed above. Is that crazy???

We started dreaming and making plans and it all came together quickly. We are THRILLED to see what God will do through this in 2016. So, here we go…Story Cast has officially launched as of January 4th! You can check out the Story Cast website here.

“Story Cast provides a stage where women share their unique stories. The mission is to build a community of women who gather together weekly to laugh, cry, and encourage one another to be confident in who God made them to be, to live life to the fullest and embrace each small or big moment given, and to realize their stories matter.” 

We hope you’ll listen in! But most of all, we hope this will be a bright way to start your week & be a source of inspiration for you. It will be launching on iTunes soon as well, so you can subscribe!

Here’s to 2016 being a fabulous year filled with many incredible stories, friends.

Much love, Traci

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Doing the next right thing.

Last night we went to a mentorship training at our church for a program we are involved in called Gospel Village. (Which they are desperately needing more mentors by the way, if you have an interest, please let us know! The demand from Tyler schools is very high. There is a great need.) Anyways, at the training, they made mention of an email that Ryan had sent to the director about his experience thus far mentoring. She said it “flooded the church offices” the day he sent it. I had not read or heard about this email until it was mentioned last night so immediately when we got home I asked him to send it to me!!! I read it and it brought many tears to my eyes. Our mentee boy is changing OUR lives through this program. And wow…I am so incredibly thankful to be married to a man who has a heart like this:

“The greatest hour of my week is now on Tuesday.
Every Tuesday I now have a very special appointment from around 11am till noon. I drive 1/4 mile down the road in my late father-in-laws, beat-up, blue Chevy truck to Caldwell Elementary. I get out, check in at the front desk, then head though large halls of this worn-out school towards the cafeteria.
I walk though the doors and am greeted with chitter chatter and turning heads like a celebrity just walked in. I then use my “where’s Waldo?” skills to find the prettiest face in the room, my daughter Addison. She waves at me with the hugest smile and welcomes me over to her table and the space that she has saved for me.
I spend about 30 precious minutes in conversing with her all-the-while in awe that she is mine. I ask about her day so far while she eats her usual peanut butter only, peanut butter sandwich. She doesn’t stop smiling. Neither can I. Her table buddies can’t help but fill me in with all they have going on in their little lives as well. Surrounding table kiddos make their presence know as well which usually results in [school counselor] and the other lunchroom adults working to control the volume.
At around 11:25 [mentee’s] class walks into the room. Addi alerts me of his arrival, makes me hug her, tells me she loves me and then goodbye. I leave her table to join up in the lunch line with [mentee] and his class.
I greet him and his buddies with a high five. [mentee] usually says with a smile, “Hey Mr. Ryan!” and asks “Did you bring money for food?” to which I always say “YES!!!”. We go though the line, he helps be get chocolate milk, juice and the usual Tuesday flavorless and undercooked pizza option. I see the underlying pride in his step as he seems to really appreciate that I am here. Here for him. We check out at the register and walk outside to the vacant metal picnic tables overlooking the playground.
For the next 30 minutes, we have time without the cafeteria clamor to talk. Simply talk. Life, goals, sports, school, friends, influence and Spiderman. He was just awarded the opportunity to participate in a student leadership council meeting by his teacher, Ms. [teacher], which meets every Tuesday. This has provided some great talks for him and I as we discuss leadership, good versus bad and examples of both. A golden opportunity for me to share great things that my mentors in life have taught me.
My late father-in-law “Kip”, Traci’s dad, was an amazing mentor to everyone he came in contact with. He had an crazy way of motivating people to go above and beyond. He truly was above the norm. He preached and lived a life that was intent on living it to the fullest. Today one conversation that came up was in regards to leadership and making good decisions. I told him that one of my favorite things the Traci’s dad taught me is that, “When you don’t know what to do next, you do the next right thing.”
The lunch time goes so quickly. We ate then played a game of UNO as we talked. We then leave to throw away our trash and put up our trays. By this time his class is usually in line to go back to their room but today we got a bit distracted by our game. I walked him to his room, dismissed with a high 5 and then said our simple goodbyes. I always end with, “Thanks for having lunch with me. I’ll see you next week” which usually receives a simple “Ok. Bye Mr Ryan.”
I then walk differently down the stairs, past the undersized administrations office and back though the doors that I came in less than 1 hour ago. The difference now is I am full. Full of a sense of worth, value, purpose and positive impact. I drive back home in that old, battered, blue truck reflecting on my influence and thankful for those who have influenced my life in the even the simplest ways.
When presented with the opportunity to serve in this manner, I really didn’t feel comfortable with the one-on-one as that is honestly, not my style. It is a heavy responsibility and one that I did not want to take 1/2-hearted or without focused intention. When debating with the decision to become a mentor with Gospel Village, those words of wisdom from my favorite mentor, Kip, rang true again. When you don’t know what to do next, do the next right thing. This has been not only the right thing to do, but has also become literally the greatest and most important hour of my week.”

Pink & Blue: Session 6

Pink+Blue=Purple 

1. Review of the Crazy Cycle:

Crazy Cycle: Without Love > She Reacts > Without Respect > He Reacts > cont’d

2. Review of the Rewarded Cycle:

Rewarded Cycle: His Love > Produces her Respect > Her Respect > Produces His love

  • His love motivates her respect and her respect motivates his love.

3. Introduce new concept of “unconditional” in the Rewarded Cycle:

His love…Regardless of her respect…Her respect…Regardless of…

*Question: What does the word “unconditional” mean to you?

a. Unconditional definition: Without conditions or limitations; absolute.

b. Have you ever been in a situation where you responded without respect/love?

  • Remember…“My response is my responsibility.”
  • Your spouse doesn’t cause you to be who you are, they reveal who you are.

c. Husbands are commanded to love their wives. Wives are commanded to respect their husbands. It’s not about your spouse, the command is for you!

Read: Ephesians 5:22-33

*Couples Question: In one sentence, how would you sum up these verses in regards to marriage?

d. The Rewarded Cycle deepens and demonstrates our love and reverence for Christ as we do this UNTO Christ.

  • Our marriage is another opportunity to not only obey but glorify God. He uses it in our lives to sanctify us.
  • Pink plus blue makes purple. Purple is the color of royalty = holiness.
  • A godly marriage demonstrates Christ’s love.

Pink & Blue: Session 5

Sorry it has been so long since we’ve posted a recap on our Pink & Blue series! The last two sessions were video sessions, so there was not a recap. Not to mention the topic of those two session was sex, so I don’t think I could have shared on here anyways! ;)

If you missed the first two lessons, you can see them here:

Session 1

Session 2

Session 5 (below) was more of a discussion-focused lesson, which was great. It was neat to hear different stories, tips, struggles, etc. from our friends. Here are the scriptures, talking points and questions that we discussed. Good stuff! Session 6 in a couple of weeks will be the final one. We have enjoyed sharing with our Community Group this semester and pray that marriages have benefited! God is good.

Pink & Blue: Session 5

Your Parents

Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Questions:

  1. How did your parents “training” as you were a child influence you as an adult? What did you learn to do/not to do from them?
  2. How would you describe your parent’s marriage & how do you feel that affected your perception of marriage?

Us as Parents

Genesis 2:24

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

-Our main responsibility as parents is to train our children to love the Lord & become good adults & send them off.

-We are the primary authors of our children’s hearts.

Questions:

  1. Do you feel like your home is kid-centered? Is your child your trophy? What’s the reason for this?

Proverbs 31:10 “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.”

-A good marriage is the greatest gift you can give your kids.

-We need to prioritize marriage. Will you run or will you fight?

  1. How important do you feel it is to be “one flesh” (unity) while parenting?

-Never talk down to your spouse in front of your kids.

-Individually focus on your own relationship w/Christ & that pours all areas of life (spouse, parenting, work, etc).

Us as Us

Hebrews 13:4

“Let marriage be held in honor among all…”

-Your marriage is to be honored. Held high. Your spouse should be your object of affection.

-You have your children for 18ish years in your home. You have your spouse until “death do us part.”

-Remember your date night & keep it holy. Needs to be a priorty!

-You need time away with your spouse: daily (10-15 min uninterrupted talking, date nights 1-2/month, trips once a year).

-Laugh together

Questions:

  1. When was the last time you dated your spouse? What are some examples of things to do on a date? give examples: put kids to bed, have date night at home (cook, watch movie, talk, etc), swap out nights w/nights, meet for day dates
  2. Why do you think so many people struggle w/dating?

Tips for Date Nights at Home:

  • fire pit & sit outside
  • cook dinner together after kids go to bed, have candlelit dinner
  • play cards or board games together
  • get takeout & watch a movie
  • put a blanket down & have a picnic in the living room
  • put on music and dance
  • make your favorite appetizers (cheeses, crackers, chips & salsa) and have a glass of wine on the patio
  • play video games
  • work out together (walk, run, exercise)
  • take a bubble bath together
  • spend the night in the guest bedroom
  • sit outside and read together
  • give each other a back rub

Date Night Conversation Starters

  • If you could store up only one hour’s worth of memory in your mind, which hour of our marriage would you want to remember?
  • If you could have witnessed any biblical event, which one would you choose?
  • When do you feel most loved?
  • Which strengths in your life bring you the greatest satisfaction?
  • What is the best way for me to encourage you?
  • What time of day is best for us to talk?
  • If we could just drop what we’re doing and go do something fun, what would it be?
  • What is one of the most adventurous things you’ve ever done?
  • In your opinion, what makes a great parent?
  • What are five essential values we want our children to embrace above all others?
  • What can we do as a couple to change the world in which we live?
  • What goals would you like us to accomplish in our marriage in the next year? … five years? … ten years?

Pink & Blue: Session 2 Notes

(This session was split up – guys & gals, so here’s the lesson for each)

Pink & Blue: Session 2

Guys

Ephesians 5:33 – “Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”

  • Recap of The Crazy Cycle – Without love she reacts without respect. Without repect he reacts without love.
  • The key to motivating a person is meeting their deepest felt need during conflict. Her need is LOVE. How do you show love to your wife?

COUPLE

Closeness

  • When you want to be with her Face to Face.

Genesis 2:24 – “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

Song of Solomon 3:4 – “…when I found him whom my soul loves; I held onto him and would not let him go…”

*Example: Little girl grabs Daddy’s face to “look at me!” while she’s talking b/c she doesn’t think he’s listening otherwise.

  • Practical appications: hold her hand, hug her, physically touch nonsexually

Openness

When you aren’t secretly mad at her.

Colossians 3:19 – “Husbands love your wives and do not be embittered against them.”

  • Openness will help you learn a great insight about sex!
  • Practical applications: share your feelings, tell her something about your day, talk without harshness or grunting

Understanding

  • When you empathize with her.

1 Peter 3:7 – “You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she Is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”

  • LISTEN to her! Try to understand her and care for her concerns.
  • Ask her if she needs a listening ear or wants advice before responding.
  • Understanding your wife will flood her soul with your love.
  • Practical applications: listen to her, repeat back so she knows you are listening, express appreciation for her contribution

Peacemaking

  • When you resolve/reconcile with her.

1 Corinthians 7:28 – But if you marry, you will not have sinned…Yet such will have trouble in this life…”

1 Corinthians 7:4 – “The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.”

Matthew 19:6 – “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let no man separate.” – Who is the “man” in this phrase?

  • Unity is vital in marriage and peacemaking is a key to achieving it.
  • Practical applications: apologize when you are wrong with “I am sorry.”, keep the relationship up to date – resolve the unresolved, pray after a hurtful time

Loyalty

  • When you are completely committed to her.
  • Til death do us part.

Malachi 2:14 – “…the wife of your youth…she is your companion and your wife by covenant.”

Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”

  • Pornography – make a covenant with your eyes.
  • Loyalty isn’t about your wife – its’ about your covenant with Jesus Christ.
  • Practical applications: don’t look at other women, speak positive things to her about others, do not bring the “D” word

Esteem

  • When you treasure her above all else.

*She is the Queen – make that known to your kids.

  • Practical applications: verbally support and honor her in front of her children, praise her, value her opinion

Gals

Ephesians 5:33 – “Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”

  • Recap of The Crazy Cycle – Without love she reacts without respect. Without repect he reacts without love.
  • When you honor and respect a man, he wants to serve and love.

CHAIRS

Conquest

  • Appreciating his desire to work and achieve.

Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.” – God instilled the desire to work into their being from the beginning of time w/Adam.

*Men view their career as a call. Thank your husband for working! Watch your negative comments related to his work or career – they could be construed as disrespect in his blue hearing aids.

  • Practical applications: tell him thanks for going to work today, cheer his successes, ask about his dreams

Hierarchy

  • Appreciating his desire to protect, provide, and even die.

1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he is denied the faith and is worth than an unbeliever.”

Nehemiah 4:14 – “…Fight for…your wives and your houses.”

*If someone were to break into your house, who would protect? Who would fight to the death?

*On the Titantic, women and children were ordered to go on the life boats first. Men stay behind – they are prepared to die to protect.

Ephesians 5:23, 24 “For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.” – This is a huge responsibility for men!

  • Submission means to respect the spirit of your husband. It’s an attitude.
  • Respect his desire to be an umbrella of protection over you, his desire to provide for you and his willingness to die for you – this will motivate his love.
  • Practical applications: admire his heavy role, tell him you are deeply touched that he would die for you, praise his commitment to bring home the bacon

Authority

  • Appreciating his desire to be strong, to lead, and make decisions.
  • Husbands see themselves as strong and feel called to be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 – “…act like men, be strong…”

1 Kings 2:2 – “Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man.” – Naturally men are taller, bigger, stronger, and have authority

1 Timothy 3:5 – “If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” – Give him authority or you are setting yourself up for failure.

  • Practical applications: tell him he is strong and squeeze his muscles, praise the good decisions and minimize the criticism of the poor ones, honor his authority in front of the kids – if you differ, do that in private

Insight

  • Appreciating his desire to analyze and counsel.
  • Men are solution oriented – they want to solve the problem.

*Sometimes when you are telling your husband what’s the matter, you just want a listening ear, but because of how he’s wired he gives advice. If you get mad at him for providing advice, he can feel judged or belittled which feels like disrespect.

  • Practical applications: tell him thanks for your advice and knowledge, let him fix things, applaud his solutions, tell him upfront you need a listening ear

Relationship

  • Appreciating his desire for a shoulder to shoulder friendship.

Song of Solomon 5:1, 16 – “…friends…O lovers…This is my beloved and this is my friend.”

  • During courtship, you were best friends. Hold on to that!
  • Men like you to just be there – not talking, just there.

* Take a walk and talk, shoulder to shoulder. They will open up more this way. Or, sit with him as he works on a hobby.

  • Practical applications: tell him you like him, do recreational activities with him or watch him do them, don’t always talk about the kids, encourage time alone for him

Sexuality

  • Appreciating his desire for sexual intimacy.
  • Act of worship, not perverted.

Proverbs 5:19 – “Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated always with her love.”

  • Respond to his desire for sex and see if this man of honor does not soften and reach out to serve and love you in many ways.
  • Devil does everything he can to get us together before marriage and everything he can to keep us apart after.
  • Practical applications: initiate periodically, respond positively more often, let him acknowledge his sexual temptations w/out shaming him, dress up for your man like when you were dating

Pink & Blue: Session 1

We LOVE our community group. We have made some really great friends – truly awesome people. We feel blessed to have each one of them in our lives. They have helped us, prayed for us, encouraged us, and challenged us. The leaders of the group, Justin & Kate, are taking the semester off from teaching because they are welcoming their 4th child into the world next month! So, Ryan and I felt led to teach on marriage and are excited about what the Fall has in store for our group & pray that God strengthens our marriages in a mighty way.

We started this new study last night and I thought I would share each Monday following each Sunday that our group meets, 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, a summary of our lesson via bullet points. We basically are working through a compilation of several marriage studies (and/or conferences) including Love & Respect, 5 Love Languages, & Love & Laughter. We broke it down into 6 sessions & dubbed it “Pink & Blue.” (In true Dixon way, we had to make it our own.)

Session 1: Pink vs. Blue

  • Marriage is obviously difficult. Primarily because we are selfish.
  • Communication is #1 problem in most marriages. Also known as the key to success.
  • Often we hear but don’t listen. Often we are thinking of what to say next when someone else is speaking, rather than listening.
  • Girls hear with pink ears, talk with pink mouths and see with pink eyes. Guys hear with blue ears, talk with blue mouths and see with blue eyes. Not wrong, just different. (see illustrations below)
  • This poses communication issue.  We aren’t speaking the same language.

Illustrations:

1. In a disagreement, if he goes silent & withdraws this can feel like an act of hostility & lack of care to her. In actuality, he’s trying to calm down – protect her. In a disagreement, if she complains or wants to talk it out, this can feel like contempt to her husband. In actuality, she’s trying to connect with him.

2. The wife talks about wanting to lose weight and eat healthier foods. So, the husband sees a book about dieting and in an attempt to show her love buys it for her as a gift. She gets upset at him because with her pink eyes, she sees it as he’s calling her fat.

This communication issue & language barrier leads to the Crazy Cycle…

  • Crazy Cycle: Without Love > She Reacts > Without Respect > He Reacts > cont’d
  • Just as when a husband feels disrespected, it’s natural for him to be unloving, so too when a wife feels unloved, it’s natural for her to be disrespectful.
  • Deepest need for a man is respect and the deepest need for woman is love.
  • Men serve and die for honor- warriors. Women are born as nurturers – loving is easy for them.
  • Wife needs to show unconditional respect, just as husband needs to show unconditional love.

Verses

1 Peter 3:1,2- “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and RESPECTFUL behavior.”

Ephesians 5:33- “Each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

We adopted another Apache!

Last night, we went to the “Adopt an Apache” Mixer at Tyler Junior College (a.k.a. “Daddy’s work”) to meet our new tennis player for the year. Our friends, Dash & Shae, started this program last year – you can read about it here. Such an awesome ministry opportunity! We enjoyed participating in this last year and really enjoyed getting to know our player. She has since moved to Colorado & is attending a different college. So this year, we got a new player & we are pumped to be her family while she is here in Tyler. She is from Ecuador originally and then moved w/her family to Canada. So coming to Tyler, Texas is a rather huge change for her! Very sweet girl & we are excited to get to know her more & watch her kick some tail in tennis. We found out she is a runner and loves barbecue – she was totally meant for us. :) The girls had fun at the Mixer last night learning how to hit the ball & seeing how far they could throw it in the air. Plus the ice cream sundaes to top off the evening were a huge hit!

Here an azalea, there an azalea.

Azaleas are literally everywhere! Another reason why I love Springtime here in beautiful Tyler. Such vibrant array of colors going on right now – reds, yellows, whites, pinks, and of course greens. The beauty of creation is a reminder of how awesome our Creator is – the ultimate artist.

This past weekend began the official Azalea Trail. There are certain roads that make up this Trail that highlight gorgeous azaleas throughout historical homes that make up what is called the Azalea District. It’s pretty neat & attracts a lot of visitors to Tyler! We enjoy taking long walks this time of year through our ‘hood to see all of the azaleas.

This past Saturday, we ran in the annual Azalea 10k which was an absolute blast. I love this race! It’s a hilly course, but so beautiful. Ryan actually set a personal record – 7:14 pace! He placed 40th out of 657 runners. Speedy G! My time wasn’t too shabby for me at 9:26 pace. Considering I haven’t been pushing myself on speed these last couple of months, my goal was just to break 10, so I was pleased. We had some friends run with us too and they all did great! Everyone did better than what they hoped for. Proud of my running buddies!

Also this weekend, Brown’s Landing sponsored a Lemonade Stand on the Azalea Trail, so I helped with that. For every cup we gave away for free, Brown’s Landing donated a quarter to the American Cancer Society. It was a fun day in the sun!

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I’m feeling good. Not too hot, gentle breeze, endorphins pumping…it’s race day. My iPod is filled with a wide array of awesome tunes courtesy of my husband working on the “ultimate running mix” for hours the night before. I had an awesome pasta dinner and a great night’s sleep. I was sporting my Garmin watch, my favorite shorts, my Saucony’s, and my Dad’s yellow “Livestrong” bracelet that he wore at races (see below). Things are looking good for these 13.1 miles I was about to log. I was ready.

As I made my way along the course of the Tyler Rose Half, I was pleasantly surprised to hear “Go Traci!” a few times and see some familiar faces along the side of the roads waving and cheering us on. At about mile 8, a point where my legs usually start feeling tired, there were two cute little girls standing outside of their house on the curb giving out high fives to those who ran by, so I gladly took them up on their offer. They looked to be about my girls’ age, and I needed that sweet encouragement at the time! It’s amazing how much of an impact the smiles and cheers from the spectators makes on runners. It’s most definitely appreciated! Then, as I turned the final corner downtown and headed towards the finish line, I see my cute husband standing there smiling at me. I love, love, love this part of the run. Knowing he’s there waiting for me always pushes me to finish strong! Of course, I ended the run with a huge high five to the sky – my Dad’s life will always be an encouragement to me.

Ever since this race, I’ve been pondering on the word, encouragement. It’s so simple really. Webster defines encourage as follows:

The spectators along the course were an encouragement to me that day. My race was definitely made better because of them! My family and friends are an encouragement to me every day. I feel truly blessed to have people in my life who spur me on. They inspire me with courage and for that, I am so grateful.

On the course of life, it’s made so much easier & definitely more motivating to continue on when you have people like that around you. People who will cheer you on when you are down. People who will attempt to persuade you to stay on course. People who will walk beside you to help give you hope. Jesus was the ultimate example of this. We should strive to encourage those around us daily, we are a team after all. And there are so many ways you can do this! I genuinely hope that you have people that surround you that provide this source of strength for you! Again, it’s so very simple – but so very important.

I’ve set a goal, starting this week, to do something intentional to encourage someone else at least once each day. Whether it be my husband, my children, a friend, or a stranger. Because you just never know who might be ready to give up, and just a simple smile and a wave might be just the encouragement they need to keep going. Will you join me in this?

Date Night Co-op

Have I told you all about our Date Night Co-op? I can’t remember if I’ve ever blogged about it. Here goes anyways…

Ryan and I are firm believers that dating your spouse is a must. It’s not an option really, but a requirement. We feel that setting aside time specifically to be alone is so important and just plain good for a marriage. So, we try to plan dates often. Get away from everyone, including kids, and just go somewhere and talk, laugh & have fun together as a couple. Just one on one, quality time. Thankfully we live close enough to my Mom and she is our all-time favorite babysitter. And bonus…Grandma’s don’t charge! On occasion, we’ve had to hire a sitter, but not very often.

About six months ago, we started a date night co-op with some friends from our community group (idea stolen from Jamie). Here’s how it works. We got three other families that live pretty close to us to go in on it. We picked a night that worked well for everyone and set up a rotation schedule. Our date nights are the second Friday of every month and each couple takes a turn in hosting it. For example, last night, Ryan & I babysat all of the kids at our house. Next month, another couple will host and so on. So, you end up babysitting once every four months and the other three months, you get a free date night! Its also great for the kids, because they love getting together with their little friends to play at each other’s houses. Its neat to babysit for your friends, because you know you are contributing in some small way to keeping their marriage healthy! It’s really a blessing & works out well for everyone involved. Ryan & I LOVE it!

So I would encourage you to 1. always, always, always date your spouse and 2. start a date night co-op with some close friends! It’s so easy and well worth it.

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