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Mix It Up in May!

By:  Donna Martin

May is National “Date Your Mate Month”.    I was not aware of this until yesterday, or I would have written about it earlier in the month!  But there are still 10 days left in this merry month with 2 weekends, so there is still plenty of time left to celebrate date month!

Hopefully you are dating your mate every month!  Dating your spouse does wonders for your marriage.  Even though Mike and I are together 24/7, we still enjoy going out on dates.  Just getting away from the apartment and office and doing something out of the ordinary boosts our spirits and rejuvenates our relationship.

Planning the date doesn’t always need to be left up to the husband; wives, a guy loves it when you take the initiative to set aside some special time just for him.  You may think of a date as dinner and a movie, but step outside of the box and get creative.  Doing the same thing every week can get just as boring as not doing anything.  Try new places and new activities.  Perhaps you could go bowling, ice skating, biking or to a shooting range.  Take a picnic to a romantic or unusual spot.  Go to a play or concert – many times you can find free plays and concerts.  Send the kids to grandma’s house and have date night at home with a candle light dinner and a movie.  Bake cookies together. Go to Six Flags, go play golf, go for a walk in the park, go camping, go fishing, go get coffee, go fly kites, go fly Frisbees, go to a farmer’s market, go boating, go to the back yard and lie on a quilt and look at the stars.  Just go!

Get busy and get it planned!  You’ll be glad you did.

The Martins currently present “Happy Together” Marriage Enrichment Events for churches and organizations.  To schedule an event call Michael at 940-735-1515. They are certified “Prepare/Enrich” Facilitators and are available to work with couples on an individual basis using the “Prepare/Enrich Assessment.”  They publish a weekly “Happy Together” Blog about family and marriage issues.  You can order copies of their new books Dancing With Death and 366 Tidbits We Have Learned in 14,610 Days of Marriage, read, and subscribe to their “Happy Together” Blog by logging onto the Martin’s website at


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