Date Night…Game On!

Last week our little date night bible study was looking a little sad…with the exception of one couple, everyone else in the room came as “singles.” Hehe…guess the “conflict” chapter was a little much for everyone to handle.

I kid, I kid. As usual, Chris was at class, so we had to make up our date on a different night. We decided to stay home & save some money, so we cooked together, read our chapter/answered questions over dinner, then played a few board games together.

Before I share a few pics and giggles with you about the games we played, I want to take a few to tell you about “Date 4: Becoming an Encourager.” It’s really a God thing that this chapter came up the same week when my sweet husband is battling job worries and uncertainties…he certainly could use encouragement and support from me. There were a couple of really great thoughts in the book…here’s a couple of them for you to “chew on.”

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“If you treat a man as he is, he will stay as he is. If you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become that bigger and better man.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

– This quote pulled me back to a book I commonly reference called Love & Respect. In L&R, the author talks about how as a wife, I need to give my husband respect regardless of whether or not he earns it. I need to do it because that’s what I am called to by God, and by doing it I will be giving him what he needs to ultimately be a man deserving of that respect.

“All of us have strengths and weaknesses. Strengths and weaknesses assure us of neither success nor failure. They are merely the setting where we play out our marriage.” -David & Claudia Arp

– Strengths can’t be used to bully, and weaknesses can’t be used as an excuse.

“You must have at least five times as many positive as negative moments together if your marriage is to be stable.” -Dr. Gottman, from the book Why Marriages Succeed or Fail

The authors go on to say that the five to one ratio just keeps you even, but a more healthy ratio would be seven positive moments/comments to every one negative. When your ratio gets off, the stability in your marriage plummets…something Chris and I have really felt in the last few months. We are committed to flipping that ratio around. What about you? What would your ratio look like if you kept track of your positive and negative moments?

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On to our game night…

We’ve got a pretty rockin’ collection of board games in our closet, but many of them take more than two players. Monopoly? Nah, it’s a week night and everybody knows how that game can drag on. Stratego? Nope. He finds my flag in about 5 minutes. Yahtzee? We play that one a lot, and he beats me literally everytime. Lookin’ for something new.

So, we finally settled on a game that I played as a child but was new to Chris. Pass the Pigs!

Basically you throw the pigs downand get points when they land in crazy positions. Or, you lose points when they land in certain ways. The following picture shows how Chris managed to lose all of his points in one fail swoop.

Bahaha!

It gave me just the momentum I needed to pull ahead for the win.

In case you can’t see that final score, it was Chris: 0, Heather: 100.

Boo-yah.

Hum. I may or may not have rubbed my victory in with a dance, whoops and holla’s, and a few shoulder brush off’s.

Guess that probably wasn’t very encouraging.

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Since the first game took all of 7 minutes, we decided to take our virtual game of “Words with Friends” into the real world and try our hand at Scrabble. I was definitely not on my A game…but we did have to pull out the dictionary on Chris a couple of times.

And by dictionary, I mean dictionary app on the iPad.

Oh this world of technology we live in.

Anyway, he won. Nothing else to see people.

Move along, move along.

Date Night #3 – Success!

KEEP CALM & GAME ON!

 

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