Today’s Marriage Monday will be the last new one until the new year.  Starting Wednesday, Dec 23 through Tuesday, January 4 (the two weeks our boys are off school), I’ll be taking off two weeks of active blogging. 

During those two weeks, I’m going to do a recap of the ten most popular posts of 2010, in case you missed some great conversations we had this year. 

We’re using today’s Marriage Monday to give you some ideas for planning at least one date night over the holidays.

Mark says…
With most of our extended family in Indianapolis, the holidays usually mean a trip to Indy for our family.  When the kids were small, Jill and I would ask her parents to babysit one evening so we could have a night out. 

Jill says…
We also traded sitting with other couples who had children similar ages to our kids.  Arranging that during the holidays works well, too, because people have more flexible schedules.

Mark says…
Occasionally we would do an overnight away during the holidays (or have the kids go to Grandma’s so we could stay home in our own home ALONE!)

Jill says…
Now that our kids are older, we don’t have to arrange for a sitter anymore, but we still have to intentionally plan some time for just the two of us.

Mark says…
We currently have two date nights planned during the holidays.  The first is a night out to dinner with some friends we don’t get to see very often.  And the second one is attending a wedding on New Year’s Eve.  We’re looking forward to spending time with friends and dancing the night away. 

Because we believe making time for your marriage is important, we are doing a giveaway over the holidays.  To enter the giveaway, just arrange some time for just the two of you over the next two weeks.  Once you take some time for yourselves, let us know how you arranged it and what you did (well, please don’t tell us EVERYTHING you did…just general info–if you know what we mean!)

You have until Jan 9 to post a comment on this post and enter the giveaway for a CD of your choice of any of our marriage workshops from the Hearts at Home conferences. We’ll announce the winners on the first new Marriage Monday of the new year on January 10.

Make your entry look like this:

Date: Dec 30
Event: We went out for coffee.
Childcare: Asked grandma and grandpa
Email: jillannsavage (at) yahoo (dot) com


By the way…we’re doing an ABC’s of a Healthy Marriage Seminar in Rapid City, South Dakota, Feb 25-27, 2011.  It’s a seminar that is being sponsored by Westway Christian Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and it is open to the public. For more information call Rick or Sherry Derr at 308.632.1055.  We’d love for you to join us for this great weekend getaway!

May you enjoy both the time away over the holidays and the giveaway!

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