Thank you Debi (of The Romantic Vineyard) for this lovely guest post. You have the most creative ideas.
10.5.1 Mall Date – Fall in Love at the Mall
Plan an evening out together where you go to the mall with a different mindset.
This time you’re not picking up your son’s next pair of jeans that he’ll only outgrow in a month. You’re not buying Christmas gifts in a last minute frenzy, or rushing to get in on that great sale which ends tonight at closing.
No, this time at the mall is to rekindle the romantic side of your relationship. Here’s the idea:
10 – Each of you are given $10 to spend on something or several things that will make your spouse smile. You can’t go over $10 and any money left over can only be change.
5 – You also must take 5 pictures with your camera or phone along the way that communicates a romantic message to your spouse. It could be the sign in a store window, the cover of a book, or the message on someone’s t-shirt. It could be a picture of an object that communicates how your love makes you feel – like an elevator says, “You pick me up when I’m down!” :-) You get the idea.
1 – Give yourselves each 1 hour to shop and decide on your meeting place afterwards. It could be for dinner at a restaurant in the mall or in the Food Court, or it could be at a coffee shop for dessert and coffee. Wherever you meet make sure you have a place to yourselves to enjoy sharing your finds with each other.
At the end of the hour – meet and take turns showing your five pictures and then, exchange the gift(s) you purchased and see if you make them smile. If you do – you win. If you both smile, than you both win! A win-win date night all around.
photo credit: http://perfectionmaybe.blogspot.com/2010/12/fall-in-love-again.html
Tom and Debi started The Romantic Vineyard blog in November of 2008. Married for 32 years, it is their desire to help marriages grow strong in order to produce a rich harvest of fruit for those following behind them. Their blog has date night ideas, great conversation starters and rich resources to help readers grow their own Romantic Vineyard for God’s glory.