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Friday Letters


Benjamin Caleb, my favorite part of Friday letters is writing little notes to you, knowing that you will take a break sometime at work and read them. This week has been tough, your prelim exam for your PhD is proving to be quite the task. I hate that you are sleepy, and overwhelmed, and weighed down by it all. I wish I could lighten your load, help you in more ways than feeding you and hugging you. You are so brave, it takes guts to get a doctorate and you are stepping out and trusting in the Father to carry you through, have I told you lately what an inspiration you are to me?...I have pumped your veins with lots of sugar and caffeine and am so ready for this exam to be over I could scream, or cry, or both...but I am here and believe you can finish strong and well with this test. Love you up to the moon and as big as the sky. 
I had to include these two prints...the first is a print in our bedroom hanging beside our bed (purchase here)...just a sweet reminder to us both that when we are apart for short times or long times we will always be thinking of each other. 


And this is a card that you can buy here, but this is what Ben and I do pretty much every night...but this week he has been at the office well after midnight...missing our phone time in bed. :)

okay now for a few more letters...

Dear Tea, drinking you makes me feel more grown up, like a real live southern belle. I have always hated on you for your lack of flavor yet have found myself drinking you daily now. Here's to my sweet IG friend Felicia for inspiring me to start trying tea...I love it. 

Dear Sera Beth, you are getting MARRIED this Saturday. Wow, what an exciting day it will be. You are going to make a beautiful bride. I don't even know if you will see this before Saturday but here is a little advice from a girl who was just in your shoes...Let it roll...stuff is gonna go wrong, it may rain, the piano guy may have his wife going into labor, but at the end of the day you will still be married. Stop during the reception just to soak it all in, enjoy it, and take mental pictures. Try to eat some of the food. Talk to everyone, but make sure to take pictures with all your friends! DRINK WATER. and after you leave, turn off your phone and be mysterious to the world until you return from your honeymoon. I cannot wait to see you walk down the aisle this weekend. 

Lesley, you get to be one of our first house guests! We have only had a couple people stay with us so I am really happy to be hosting you this weekend, so happy to get to see you after months of being apart. Cannot believe you are in DOUBLE DIGITS until your wedding! :) 

Dear Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls, you are killing my self control. But it is really okay because you are just so darn buttery and delicious that I cannot actually be mad at you...ready for you to be gone though before I gained 10 pounds. 

Happy Friday friends! I am linking up for 5 on Friday with my sweet friends DarciAprilChristinaNatasha! :) My 5 on Friday is in letter form this week, because my old soul just swoons over letters. Speaking of...I have some happy snail mail going out today as part of my 101 in 1001 and my March Goals! Add your address to my postables book!! :)

xoxo,

Rachel





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Our Love Story

I am so very excited about this post this morning. Today, Ben and I have been married 9 months. It is so joyous for me to reflect back on our journey and story together so I am eager to share it with you. I want nothing more than for this blog to be a source of encouragement and hope for my readers. I pray that as I share this story you will be encouraged by the way the Lord's good hand is always present in the lives of those He calls his children. 

So our love story...

I was a junior in college here at Mississippi State. I had just gone through a really really rough break up with a guy that I had been convinced was "the one" for me, but then he broke my heart and dumped me. So that happened the beginning of the fall semester, and I was trying to recover the rest of that semester. I was in a state of panic at some points about being single forever (dramatic I know, I was only 21 years old at the time), then I went through a season of searching. Every somewhat attractive, godly guy caught my eye, and I found myself thinking, "Is he the one?"...it was so tiresome, and defeating. I finally got to a point of surrender over Christmas break. I read two verses that really impacted my way of thinking when it came to being single...

"It is not for you to know the times and seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority." Acts 1:7

"The unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit." 1 Corinthians 7:34

These verses completely broke me of my desperation for a relationship. I saw for the first time, that singleness was a season to be embraced, and a season that is unlike marriage or parenthood because my focus could be solely on the Lord and growing. So I laid every desire I had for a relationship and marriage at the foot of the cross one night in my bedroom at home in Georgia over a Christmas break. (All of this is important, and will play into things further in the story.) 

So I came back to school for the spring semester, and felt refreshed. My roommates and I had attended the Passion Conference in Atlanta, GA over the break, and were really motivated to begin taking action for women trapped in sex trafficking as a result of what we learned at that conference. (I promise this is all relevant). We all loved running, and came up with the idea of organizing a campus wide 5k in order to raise money for a trafficking awareness/prevention agency. So we started spreading the word about the race anywhere and everywhere we could on campus. 

In February, there was a Greek worship service one night. All the fraternities and sororities were present. Part of the service was for a representative from every organization to come and share just a passage of scripture or what the Lord is teaching them. So I shared for my sorority, and also had the opportunity to share about the race we were doing. Little did I know, a guy named Ben Cox, who had been in the Christian fraternity, BYX, but had graduated, was sitting in the crowd. In his words, as he heard me share about what the Lord was teaching me he thought, "I knew I had to do whatever I could to get to know this girl". So after the service, we had a table outside for people to come and sign up for our 5k. Ben came to the table, and started talking to me about the race. It was super awkward, we never introduced ourselves, and when he left, I just kept thinking about how he had great/awkward eye contact, but had really pretty green eyes. 

Fast forward a couple days, I wanted to find out who that guy with the pretty eyes and intense eye contact was. I had no idea what his name was, so I started Facebook stalking. (confession...it is true). I somehow found him through mutual BYX friends, and sent him a friend request. (lame right?) He sent me a message a few days later, and after a handful of messages back and forth over the course of a week, we found ourselves in a coffee shop just the two of us, ready to get to know each other. 

A little coffee date, turned into a huge coffee date 3 hours after we got there and the coffee shop began to shut down for the night. So we had to go somewhere else. We landed at The Chapel of Memories on MSU's campus (this place became such a special spot for us, and was where Ben ultimately proposed), and continued talking for another 2 hours. I wish I could tell you all we talked about, but it was a lot and I can't remember it all now. Bottom line, we were on the same page with everything. I mean EVERYTHING. It was incredible to see how the Lord just intersected our life paths to meet and how similar we were. Up to this point I had not talked to Ben about specifics regarding a relationship or how I wanted it to go. But I had decided after my last break up I did not want to date again unless it was very very focused on marriage and intentional in a way that was very different than anything else I had seen in college. 

So after the coffee date, we went separate ways for the weekend, it was Easter break. We took the weekend to pray and ask the Lord for wisdom on our next steps. We didn't communicate with each other all weekend, but came back together Sunday night and talked again in the Chapel of Memories. Ben began to pour out his heart about his desire to pursue me in a relationship but in a way unlike most college students, he wanted it to be very focused on marriage, and intentional. He told me of how he had been in a relationship with a girl for a long time, and that he thought he was going to marry her but then the Lord called them apart about a year earlier. He had been devastated. He described to me the seasons he went through after that break up of being worried he would be single forever, searching out girls, and then finally surrendering to the Lord's plan for his singleness and finding contentment in that season (sound familiar?). He told me that he wanted us to be walking towards marriage unless the Lord interrupted and told us to walk away...I was literally blown away. I had not told him anything about my desires for a relationship and he literally articulated everything I had been praying for word for word. And so we began a relationship.



We didn't call each other boyfriend and girlfriend, we just said we were pursuing the Lord's will for us together. We did not use definite terms about the future, we just constantly were reminding ourselves and each other that ultimately the Lord's will would be accomplished and that his will would be made known to us in his timing. We did not hug, touch, hold hands, or literally anything for the first 2-3 months of our relationship. We wanted clear heads as we discussed things, and wanted to keep emotional and physical struggles at bay as long as possible. (Are you still reading? I know this is getting long...you are so great to be reading all this)



We spent time talking about my dreams to be a wife and mother, and Ben's calling to get his PhD in engineering. We talked about education for children, views on alcohol, music, television, and how we see fit to discipline children. We discussed our pasts, our sin patterns, and our deep struggles with each other. And a lot of times, we talked about less serious thing such as food, music, likes and dislikes, and our families. We spent so much time getting to know each other. We did begin to hold hands eventually and show affection to each other, but we reserved kissing for our wedding day. (that is a whole post in itself coming later this week)



About 3 and half months into our relationship we felt confident in the Lord's will for us as a couple. We moved from saying "If we get married", to "When we get married" and we did begin to use words like I love you. From the outside looking in our relationship was so different from what people are used to, but I can tell you first hand it was one of the most refreshing things I have ever experienced. We were engaged in August (read story here), and married 9 months later (see more pictures here, or here). Our love story is not just the story of how we met, but the story of the Lord's faithfulness in our lives to provide us each other after a periods of contentment and surrender. 








Marriage has been so blissful, and so hard at the same time. It is the most sanctifying experience I have ever had thus far in my life, and for those of you that know me well, you know I have had to walk through some very dark and trying times. I feel like a could write two or three separate posts on what I have learned from just 9 months of being married, and maybe I will, but that is just it...I am learning. And I will always be learning, so our love story is always continuing. I can say without a doubt I had no idea it was possible to love and care for someone that way that I do for Ben. And now that I am married I feel as if I am able to understand a whole new layer of the Gospel. As I sin, Ben still loves me and pursues me (and vice versa) just as Jesus Christ pursues us no matter what we do to sin against him. It is the most beautiful picture and reality. I pray I never get over it.








Thank you so much for reading about our story! I look forward to sharing more about other parts of our journey here in the future! and to Ben, Happy 9 months of marriage Sweetheart, I love you up to the moon and as big as the sky, and I wanna love you forever like that. 

XOXO,

Rachel


Friday letters.

So I have seen this idea on many blogs that I follow...writing letters. Since my blog is a lifestyle blog and setting out to capture little moments from my newlywed (ish) life, I thought this would be a fun thing to implement. So here it goes. 

Dear Benjamin (my husband), Thank you so much for last night, for loving me the way you do, for cuddling with me on the couch while watching Home Alone. You have had so much riding on your shoulders at work these past few weeks but you are so gracious and selfless to set it all aside at home to sit and listen to me and to watch movies with me while eating popcorn. Thank you for waking up super early this morning to fix my car and change the oil...you are so handy and hardworking, and this never goes unnoticed. Oh and thank you for letting us drive to Jackson Monday night just for an hour or so to show support for my dear friend's engagement...you are awesome, and I love you more than chewy molasses cookies (which you know as of late is really saying something).

To Wednesday game night, you really brought us some great laughs. You allowed us all to get to know each other in a different way outside of church and small groups. However, next time I think all the wives would appreciate it if you would shine some of your game night favor on the girls team in the heated game of catchphrase. 

Dear Christmas, only a few days away and I am so excited. First married Christmas has already been a blast. From baking, to looking at lights, to Christmas movie marathons it has all been better with a husband. Thank you for being my favorite season of the year, and allowing me the excuse to drink hot chocolate excessively and to eat sweets every hour on the hour without shame. 

Dear future puppy, Ben and I talk about you every day now. We have decided on names and everything. We are saving our pennies, dimes, and nickels in hopes of finding you and bringing you home soon. Until then stay cute and cuddly wherever in the world you may be. 

To my in-laws, today is Friday which means today is the day we come to see you all. Can't wait to get there tonight to celebrate Christmas with you. Can't wait to play with Lucy and roll on the floor laughing while forcing her to model her latest doggie sweater or jacket for us. 

To Kirsten, you are back in the USA for Christmas and I haven't seen you yet...but we will be reunited on Sunday, Lord willing, and I am pumped. We have done a terrible job this go around at staying in touch which has made me that much more eager to see you in a few days. Moving to Ecuador cannot do anything to our friendship. 

Dear wifehood, you are hard. I had no idea 7 months ago how sanctifying and refining marriage could and would be. Submission is a daily struggle right now, and it is often hard to stop the bad communication habits. However, you are teaching me more and more about being dependent on the Holy Spirit rather than myself and how prayer is an essential to daily life. Praying the sanctification never stops. 

Dear Harry Potter, somehow I am on your last book even though I started your series only a month ago. I cannot put you down. You have captivated my attention and allowed me to remember childhood by entertaining my imagination. Thank you for being an innocent way of escaping the daily craziness and giving me an amazing wizarding world to enjoy on my own leisure. 

Friday letters are to hopefully (cross your fingers) become a weekly tradition. We shall see how this quest goes. Happy Friday friends! Only 5 days til Christmas!!

Take care.


Thankfulness

Hello friends. bet you thought I fell off the planet after almost one month of no posting. my excuse is....well honestly I don't have one, but sometimes a break is necessary and October seemed to be break time for me. But now it is November so I plan to do much better about posting. 

This is the month of thankfulness. A month dedicated to reflecting on the many God-given blessings in our lives...and wow I am blown away by the way the Lord has blessed me and my family of two. Marriage is the sweetest, hardest, most sanctifying and joy-filled experience I have ever been a part of. I would not trade it for anything. I have an incredible family with siblings that are some of my closest friends. My "in-laws" are some of the most loving and selfless people I know and it truly is a joy to be a part of such an amazing family. My job brings me such happiness, I am so extremely grateful to have a daily job that allows me to get coffee with college girls, unpack the Word with them and teach them how to hunger and thirst after righteousness. It is the sweetest thing to do life alongside so many incredible young women who are learning to love Jesus in deep ways. I could go on and on and on...so I am going to stop, and reflect on other sources of gratitude via pictures. 

First I am grateful for a trip home to Georgia a few weeks ago and for some really godly fellowship with new and old friends. Also, I am thankful for this guy...anyone who knows me in the slightest knows how much my little sister and brother mean to me. This is my brother Reed. He is a published writer now at the age of 15. He, along with several others from my home church, wrote devotionals in this newly published book for teenagers. I am so proud of Reed and his commitment to our Savior. This guy loves Jesus, and is a hard worker, not very many guys his age are like this. I am thankful for his dedication in all he does and the loving way he is with everyone he knows. Proud of ya Reedman!



I am so thankful for my husband. He is passionate about Christ, the gospel and the Scriptures and I will never get over how lucky I am to be married to a man who loves the Lord deeply and fully. He desires to sanctify me in the truth of God's Word, and you know what, sometimes I make that so hard for him, I fight sanctification, but he patiently and graciously bears with me loving me the way Jesus Christ faithfully and patiently loves his rebellious bride, the church. I had to speak at an event for a sorority at MSU Sunday night and Ben so willingly took time to sit down night after night leading up to the talk to walk me through the Word in order to help me piece all my thoughts together...yeah basically he is my favorite.
I am thankful for Friday nights in a small (ish) town where all you have to do is go to Wal-mart and walk around. I love baking, and Ben's dreams of being a farmer...these basically were ornaments made for us. 


Below are craft supplies, and while yes I am thankful for them and the impending Christmas season...I am more thankful for my sweet friend Nikki that I got to spend my Saturday morning with getting these craft supplies. We had a girls morning drive to Tupelo, MS and just knocked around a few stores and enjoyed some much needed catch up time. It was great!
Crafts. yes okay I am super thankful for crafts, for the free time to make them. For my grandmother and mom's own piano sheets that make up this wreath, for Miss Mustard Seed's awesome home decor book, and for CHRISTMAS. :) 


Last but certainly not least I am thankful for the ability to love my church family through service. My way of loving often is translated through food. Through baking, cooking, and sharing meals with our family of believers at Redeemer. This is a fresh apple cake made for some very special friends of ours that go to our church. I am thankful most of all for a church of people that do life together outside of a Sunday meeting. Who love each other well every day of the week and seek to be God's people as much on Wednesday nights at small group as we do on Sundays when we got together for our church meeting.


I think it is so special and needed sometime to stop and reflect on things we are grateful for. I encourage you to do this. What has the Lord blessed you with this year? these past months, weeks and days? 

Take care!





Life Lately.

If you have not been able to pick up on it lately by my posts, I like, love, ADORE Autumn...It is one of my favorite seasons. I love the cool weather, pumpkins, sweaters, getting my crochet needles back out, cuddling with my hubs on our front porch while drinking coffee...I just love it all. Hay rides, corn mazes, Thanksgiving, football games...it all makes me so happy. So life lately has been filled with joy, because it is Fall, and I can do fall things for the first time as a wife...which makes it all even better.


So update via pictures (Left to Right, Top to Bottom)

1. I picked up an infinity scarf I started last year and began crocheting away on it this morning! Hoping to finish it by the end of the week...maybe!

2. Molten Chocolate Cakes...need I say more? Well I will...these little babies blew my mind. I made them as a special dessert for our stay at home date night Friday night and wow...They were so simple and easy to make but boy oh boy....they were DELICIOUS. These moist, rich, decadent mini cakes could put any restaurant dessert to the test. I will be sharing this recipe hopefully later this week. 

3. #HAILSTATE. MSU may not have succeeded in securing a win  over LSU, but a sunset at Davis Wade Stadium with Ben cheering on our bulldogs is always a joy. I am thankful for this place, without it I would not know the Lord in the deep way that I do, I would not be married to the love of my life, I definitely would not be living in the state of Mississippi and I would not be working in full time ministry. Mississippi State...I love you, fondest memories cling to thee...

4 & 6. Cotton Pickin' :) Why I love being from the south. We picked this cotton out at North Farm on Saturday and it is now placed around our house looking adorable in blue mason jars. 

5. Flannel and boots for the first time this season. I was so excited to be able to pull these lovelies out and give them some attention after several months being stuffed in the back of my closet. 

6. Sixty cent porcelain coffee mugs. SIXTY CENTS EACH. If you don't call that a steal you are crazy. I was so happy to score these mugs at Dirt Cheap last week. I plan on using them as Christmas gifts for friends complete with hot cocoa mix and other goodies! 

7. My husband. He likes to lay on the our super comfy rug  in the living room rather than the couch. He willingly watches Food Network with me pretty much daily. He builds me furniture. He is so handy. He is patient with me always, even when I make that super difficult for him. He loves Koolaid probably more than the average 5 year old. He pushes me to Jesus and displays the gospel in his selfless love and service to me. He always refills the sugar bowl because I either forget to or am too lazy. He loves my cooking, sitting on our porch, being outside, and climbing trees. So...he deserves lots of kisses. :)

8. Lastly, we were asked to lead worship for Four Corners (the campus ministry I am on staff with)...this was the first time we have ever done anything like this together. Practicing and leading worship was a blast. We loved being able to use our gifts to serve and direct students in worship. 

How are you and your family celebrating the coming of a new season?

Happy Monday Folks!


Projects and such.

Hello Friends. So it is Monday.....dun, dun, dun...it is always so hard to get back into the swing of a full week after a long weekend like Labor Day gives you a four day week...so so tough. But alas, the show must go on correct? Well anyways, this past weekend was quite a wonderful one in the Cox Residence. I think this past weekend may be one of my favorites with Ben since we have been married...it was just packed full of fun and laughter (sounds cheesy doesn't it?...but seriously..it was awesome). 

First things first....remember those picture frames my amazing hubs was working so hard on for me all last weekend? Well......HOORAY! they are completed. Be amazed by the picture below, also the grand total for all the frames combined was about 30$. We had the wood, stain, paint, and polyurethane already...so we just had to get screws, glass, and the pictures and hello gorgeous frames, welcome to our humble abode. I am kinda in love with them, and so happy to share them with you!







Our house is slowly becoming more and more like home to us each project we tackle. Speaking of projects, my husband is all about improving our rental apartment that we will only be in for two or three years...he LOVES to work with his hands and create things to make life easier, and more efficient, it is the engineer in him. So this weekend we wanted to give our dirty cars a bath and wash them, BUT....we don't have a water faucet to attach our hose to at our apartment...any normal person would just go and pay 5$ at a car wash place...but not Ben Cox. So before I knew it we found ourselves at Lowes loading up on PVC pipe, glue, and a faucet piece...fast forward about 2 hours, after Ben spent that time crawling in and out from under our porch, we now have a water faucet to wash our cars with. And you better believe we washed them. It only cost us about 20$ to do, so give us a couple more washes and we will be saving ourselves money. Thanks Benjamin! (Pic taken after his first venture under the house--what a stud I am married to)



So other eventful things for this weekend-- remember our Date Jar I made Ben for his Birthday? Well we have knocked out several of our date nights these past couple weeks. We have had a game night, movie night, gone to the pet store, washed cars together, and watched the sunrise and had breakfast at a local favorite. I love going on dates with Ben. This week our date will be extra special, you know why? CAUSE IT IS MY BIRTHDAY WEEK! Yep, I turn the big 23 on Sunday. So my birthday date will be our date night for this week. Here are a couple pics of our sunrise/breakfast date this past weekend. 




We live in a college town, and not just any college town, but the town that houses in our opinion the best college in the SEC, Mississippi State University...okay okay I know we are a little biased, and yes our football team may not be national championship quality, but we bulldogs stand by our team. So this weekend was the first game weekend in Starkville and you better believe we faced the heat (for one and a half quarters) to watch our dawgs play! I was dying in the heat and became rather grumpy rather quickly so the game watching was short lived, but it was a fun day none the less, started off with a big breakfast at home, and a day tailgating with friends decked out in our maroon. 




A couple other fun highlights from the week/weekend...I am totally ready for fall. And while it may still be hitting 100 degrees here in Mississippi I have made pumpkin spice cookies, filled our candy bowl with candy corn (which are almost gone thanks to my sweets loving hubby), and decorating the house for Fall...eager beaver right here. We enjoyed a leisure walk together downtown (my favorite) the other night...it was so sweet to have the time to talk deeply together about the Lord, and what he is teaching us. I cherish those times with my husband, he is such a great leader for me spiritually, always pushing me to examine myself before the Lord and evaluate what areas of my life need growth. 




So that is about it for this weekend. It was a fantastic weekend full of some really awesome memories made. Oh I almost forgot, I am having a trunk show at my house in just a few weeks for one of the most incredible companies...Noonday. Noonday is a jewelry and accessories line that allows women in third world countries to make products that are sold here in the US and they receive some of the profit in order to create a sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their families. So even if you do not live in Starkville, MS you can purchase some of this amazing jewelry through my trunk show. Just go on Facebook here and you can get all the details about the trunk show and how to purchase your own Noonday pieces. Check it out, I promise you will not regret it!


Take care dear ones!







DIY Date Night Jar (52 almost FREE ideas)

So Ben's birthday was last week, he turned 24! It was a great day full of celebrating him, and because we are newlyweds and not just rolling in mounds of cash I made several of his birthday presents myself. :) This is an idea I saw on Pinterest, so I am not claiming it as my idea by any means...but I did want to share the idea with you, along with the "Date Nights" I chose to include. This is so easy to do and so much fun to have all these fun dates to try and plan for throughout the year. 

***So thankful for all the Pinterest love. Hope you love these ideas, please be creative and think of dates that fit you and your special someone. Please look around my blog and enjoy yourself. I love to get feedback from my readers, drop me a line anytime!***

So I just got a mason jar and spray painted it a metal gray color...you can do whatever you want to here...mason jar, tin can, glass jar of any kind would work. 

I used Popsicle sticks to write the dates on, again, this is up to you on what you want to do. It just seemed to work well for me to use these. 

Then you just stick the sticks inside the jar and you have a customized date night jar for you are your main squeeze. HOW FUN?! I know...

So all the dates that I included... (Don't just copy, really try to think and make a list based on your personality and plan for things you and your man would really enjoy)

  1. Watch the sunset.
  2. Have a music night (Ben plays several instruments and I love to sing so we go to a nearby chapel and jam out together or enjoy some music together at home)
  3. City Tour of Homes (A nearby city does this every year and allows people to tour these amazing antebellum homes....we cannot wait to go this year)
  4. Progressive Dinner (appetizer at one restaurant, entree somewhere else, and dessert somewhere else!)
  5. Build and fly a kite!
  6. Shoot guns together. (I know this is a southern thing, but Ben loves to shoot skeet and play with his guns, always remember gun safety)
  7. Day long road trip (ours is to somewhere no further than 2 hours away)
  8. Hammocking (we both have eno hammocks and love to take them outside and relax under the trees together)
  9. Monopoly Night.
  10. Trip to a local orchard or farm to pick fruits and veggies.
  11. Bake together.
  12. Technology FREE night (no computer, phone, TV, ipad...nothing, just enjoying each other)
  13. Movie Marathon!
  14. Krispy Kreme Trip (for us Krispy Kreme is 30 minutes away so it is a treat to get to enjoy that sugary goodness)
  15. Youtube Dance Lessons (Line Dancing, Swing Dances, Ballroom Dancing?)
  16. Coffee Shop Date (maybe you will be lucky and can enjoy some local live music while you are there too)
  17. Play tennis together.
  18. Volunteer together. 
  19. Go pick blueberries. (or anything for that matter)
  20. Go to the pet store, or the humane society.
  21. Go geocaching (get out of your box and try something adventurous)
  22. Slack line (this is something Ben is really good at, so he is going to teach me sometime how to do it)
  23. Wander through a bookstore.
  24. Get coffee + go on a walk. 
  25. Pick pecans, make pecan brittle.
  26. Dinner and a movie (classic)
  27. Watch a documentary together
  28. Fondue Night. 
  29. Chocolate/Wine Tasting. (Whichever you prefer).
  30. Portable Drive-In. (take a laptop, and a movie and drive somewhere in town and watch a movie, or do this is your backyard)
  31. Dinner at the County Lake (this is a lake in town and you don't have to pay any thing to just go out there and cook on their grounds)
  32. Stargazing.
  33. Wash your cars together.
  34. Bowling Night!
  35. Camping, classic couple retreat for an evening or a weekend...and Ben adores camping. 
  36. Night car ride. windows down...that is a must. 
  37. Picnic. 
  38. Camping in the living room (build a fort, set up a tent, light your fire in your fireplace, enjoy an evening on the floor with your love)
  39. Put together a puzzle.
  40. Game Night (with friends of course)
  41. Find all the Historic Landmarks in your city.
  42. Spend an evening making bucket lists and setting goals for your family. 
  43. Build a fire and make s'mores.
  44. Enjoy a romantic bubble bath.
  45. Bingo night (this happens every week at a local coffee bar that we love)
  46. Watch the sunrise + breakfast date.
  47. Dollar Tree date + Ice Cream (you go in dollar tree and each have 5$, you can take like 15-20 minutes and compete to find a gift for each other and whoever's gift is the most _____ wins...the most outrageous, thoughtful, unique, tacky, useful...)
  48. At- Home spa night!
  49. Go Hiking.
  50. Pottery night.
  51. Homemade, candle light dinner.
  52. Grill out night. 

So here ya go. I hope this inspires you to create you own list of dates for you and your man to enjoy. Remember, think outside of the box, try new things, and be adventurous...life is more fun that way. 

Happy Sunday Folks, praying you all will worship the Lord today with a joyful noise. Have a great week!!

Take Care!