Friday, July 25, 2014

Keep the Love Alive

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Friday makes me think of our Friday Fun Dances when I was still teaching. We'd crank up some Miley and get down! Party in the USA! *puts hands up*

Friday, of course, is also a great date night. Date night is huge for us. We make it a priority to spend time together as a couple. We gotta keep the love alive! Our marriage is worth it.

Date Night Ideas

Here are some of our favorite date ideas: 

Fancy dinner: We love a good meal. It's even better if we can chat and take our time. Bonus points for being able to dress up!

Anniversary Date

Live entertainment: Concerts, theater, comedy--a live performance is always a good time!

RRB

Dessert date: Sometimes we skip dinner and go straight for the good stuff!

Dessert Date

Post-bedtime at-home date: Sitter not available? Out of town with your kid in a single hotel room? Sometimes you just make date night work. (Here we are in the "other room" during a hotel stay. Yep, you do what you gotta do.)

Dessert Date

Do you make date night a priority? What's your favorite thing to do? 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thankful.

Emotions tend to get the best of me sometimes, and I definitely know better. Emotions are fleeting; they're circumstantial.

Lately, though, I have just felt thankful. In spite of circumstances that aren't necessarily going "my way." (My way is totally better than His, right? *sarcasm*) In spite of distances, both near and far. In spite of emotions sparked by this time of year. In spite of anything worldly, I am so thankful.

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I'm thankful for our gorgeous sunsets each evening.
I'm thankful for the opportunities that keep rolling out in front of us as we say yes and step into them.
I'm thankful for friends that fill me up.
I'm thankful for the opportunity for Mr. Gray to go to Haiti next week and the conversations we are able to have with Baby Gray because of it.
I'm thankful for all our boy learns and does.

The other night, as I lay in bed, I was so full of words of praise that tears were welling up in my eyes as I wrote (and wrote and wrote) in my journal. I feel so full. So grateful. I feel like I am finding my place a little in this new physical space, and it's a place I didn't expect. It's a place where community looks different than I thought it would--so does plugged in, but as I'm stepping into what He has for me, it's starting to look better. Of course it does. His ways are higher than mine. His thoughts, higher, too.

I'm thankful for a peace that does not come from circumstance, from my husband, from friends, from any worldly thing. It can only come from Him.

 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Which, Which, Which?

(Alternate title: Stop! Grammar Time!) 

One of my most popular posts of all time is the post where I hash out the correct punctuation for couples shower. Who knew there were others out me who were that concerned with that little apostrophe?

So, which is it:

Couple's Shower 
Couples' Shower 
Couples Shower

Any guesses? Bueller?

Couple's shower implies a shower belonging to one couple. Nope!
Couples' shower implies a shower belonging to many couples. Forever, I thought this was most correct.

Couples Shower

Couples shower uses the word couples as a descriptor, rather than a possessive. Ding! Ding! Ding!

What are your grammar hang-ups?


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