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Welcome to your March date

Welcome
to your march date

UNDERSTANDING

UNDERSTANDING

This month we’re focusing on patience and understanding, because we could all use a little more of both in our lives! Thankfully, the Bible outlines these virtues for us. 1 Peter 3:7a says to “live … in an understanding way,” and the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, says, “Love is patient and kind … it is not arrogant or rude” in verse 4. So, let’s make sure we leave room for patience and focus on understanding one another on a deeper level during this date!

LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!

Set the Mood, Set the Music

With wedding season right around the corner, we decided to spotlight some songs from the wedding playlists of the people who write these date nights! Step back a decade with us as we re-live the most romantic day of OUR lives and share it with you! Listen to our curated Spotify playlist “Date Nights – March Bliss.”

Set the Mood, Set the Music

With wedding season right around the corner, we decided to spotlight some songs from the wedding playlists of the people who write these date nights! Step back a decade with us as we re-live the most romantic day of OUR lives and share it with you! Listen to our curated Spotify playlist “Date Nights – March Bliss.”

Part 1: You Know Me a Latte

The main goal of this challenge is to see how well you can peg your partner’s sense of style, personality and coffee-snobbery in one item … a coffee mug. Go on your favorite online shopping site and browse the various vessels until you land on one that somehow embodies your significant other in ways the others don’t. You could be sensible (i.e., pick something that goes with the set you already have) or impulsive (i.e., anything else!).

Options for how to carry this challenge out:

  1. Buy the mug before your date and present it as a wrapped gift.
  2. Keep your selections a surprise and reveal them to one another during this date by pulling them up on your phone or a computer. (No purchase needed.)

What did they think — totally them or were you way off? If you ask us, there are no bad selections. At best you’ll have a new mug for use in the kitchen, and at the worst, you’ll have a hilarious re-gift or new pen cup!

Part 1: You Know Me a Latte

The main goal of this challenge is to see how well you can peg your partner’s sense of style, personality and coffee-snobbery in one item … a coffee mug. Go on your favorite online shopping site and browse the various vessels until you land on one that somehow embodies your significant other in ways that the others don’t. You could be sensible (i.e., you think they would prefer you pick that goes with the set you already have) or impulsive (i.e., anything else!).

Options for how to carry this challenge out:

  1. Buy the mug before your date and present it as a wrapped present.
  2. Keep your selection a surprise and reveal it to one another during this date via an internet browser tab on your smart phone. (No purchase needed.)


What did they think — totally them or were you way off? If you ask us, there are no selections. At best you’ll have a new mug for use in the kitchen, and at the worst, you’ll have a hilarious re-gift or new pen cup!

Part 2: Cook Something Together

This is going to be your new spring and summer stand-by! And every time you make it, you’ll get to remember this sweet March date. Our advice: Go the extra mile and get fresh pasta from a place like Central Market. You’ll never want to make it with dried pasta once you try it this way!

Easy Shrimp Linguini
Total prep and cook time: 3o minutes

– Pot for boiling water

– Large skillet or pan

– Tongs

– A clean coffee mug (perhaps that new one you love so much from Part 1!)

– ½ to ¾ lb. fresh linguini

– ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

– 1/3 lb. shrimp (raw, deveined, tail off)

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

– Salt, to taste

– 2 bunches watercress (about 6 cups); or substitute baby spinach

– 1 Tbsp. lemon zest

  1. Start boiling water for the pasta. Grab a coffee mug and set it to the side of the pot.
  2. Heat oil over medium high. Add shrimp, garlic, red pepper, add ½ tsp. salt. Cook, tossing occasionally until cooked through.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is done cooking, use the coffee mug to pull out a mug-full of pasta cooking water and set aside.
  4. Reduce heat on your skillet to medium and add the (drained) cooked pasta, watercress, lemon zest and ½ cup of the reserved pasta cooking water. Toss to coat and cook until the watercress cooks down a bit.
  5. Pull from heat and serve immediately in large bowls.

“live … in an understanding way”

– 1 Peter 3:7a

Seen & Known

To be understood, you might say you need to be seen and known. There are a lot of little, everyday ways to see and know your partner. Take some time while enjoying dinner to answer the following fun questions about your significant other and then share. How well do you know each other in these little ways?

1. What’s your partner’s go-to thing to watch on TV?

2. Where are they most ticklish?

3. Who’s more likely to get lost?

4. Who’s grumpier in the morning?

5. What was their dream job as a child?

6. Do they prefer ice cream in a cup or a cone?

7. When did they first realize they had feelings for you?

8. What’s their least favorite candy?

9. What was the first thing they liked about you?

10. What was their least favorite food growing up?

11. What’s their biggest pet peeve?

12. What was their favorite childhood TV show?

13. If they had the money and vacation time, where would they want to go?

14. If they had pets as a child, what were their names?

15. Where are they most likely to hush you: the in-laws’ house, the movies or a fancy restaurant?

It’s time for some intentional conversation.

Ask each other the following questions:

1. What do you think it means to live in an understanding way?

2. How could I work to understand you better?

3. In what ways is it difficult to understand me?

Post-Dinner

Intentional

Prayer

We want you to try something different on or after this date when it comes to your prayer life. The weather is getting better and better, so go on a walk together and take turns talking out loud to God. You don’t always have to pray the same way, and you can even pray with your eyes open on a nature walk!

Is there anything you’d like to share?

We’d love to hear from you and be there for you as you continue to grow your marriage. Here’s a link to an anonymous survey so we can understand what needs you might have, what challenges you’re facing and how we can help.

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Need some help?

If you want to work through anything this date has brought up, we’re here for you!