Leslyn's Lovely Life: October 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

4 years ago....

4 years ago today, a boy took a girl on their first date.

She was nervous, and I think he was too.

They went to a fun restaurant, and went to see the Michael Jackson movie (because they're awesome).

She didn't think he liked her that much, because he didn't hold her hand. Until the last 5 minutes of the movie (he later explained to the girl that he didn't want to get clammy hands on their first date).

They stood in line at a haunted house for nearly 2 hours, until they decided to just go back to their dorms.

He walked her to the door. And he kissed her.

She did the happy dance.

Of course, she waited until he couldn't see her anymore to do the happy dance.

And they lived happily ever after.

Mr. Jacks, thanks for taking me on that first date. I think we make a pretty darn good team.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Priorities

Over the past few weeks, I've been feeling very convicted about something, and I thought I would share.

Since school started, I've gotten into a routine of not putting much effort into my home life. Although DJ and I weren't having issues, I wasn't being very intentional with our relationship. On most nights, I would get home from work, we would eat dinner together, and then I would do my own thing (watch Netflix in our room) while he did other things (read reddit/watch vines/watch youtube videos in the office or living room). It wasn't that we were trying to avoid each other or anything, we just got into this routine. This went on for about a month and a half. Suddenly, I realized that I missed my husband... the guy who was just down the hall. However, I didn't really know how to address it.

We went to church a few weeks ago, and they started a series called "No Place Like Home". In the bulletin, they added a 30 day challenge for families. As I was reading through the list, I realized that this was the perfect opportunity for me to bring up my concern to DJ. And when I did, he agreed with me 100%. We needed to change things up, because we didn't want to get to the point where we got used to not doing things together, and eventually put our marriage in a compromising position. We didn't want to forget how much we really need each other.

We decided that we were going to be more intentional in our marriage- instead of watching a movie because we couldn't think of anything else to do, we turned movie night into a fun event- where we experiment with different snacks to enjoy while we watch the movie. Or we would sit down together and research fun things that we could add to our house. We started walking our dogs together. The list goes on and on and on. And you know what happened?

We started appreciating each other so much more than we used to. We enjoyed each other's company more than ever. It was wonderful. And I don't miss watching Netflix as much as I thought I would.

So let me challenge you- what are your priorities right now? How intentional are you in your relationships? If things aren't where they're supposed to be, try a different approach- you will be surprised at how fulfilling it is.

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