Chicken Noodle Soup by Candle Light

Tonight is a make shift date night. “Make shift” because it wasn’t planned, we worked with what we had and we needed it- stat.

The last couple of weeks have been busy with preparation for the start of the school year and the start of a new ministry year. John is not one to get stressed about planning. In fact, the opposite happens. He tends to get very excited and talks about his plans and preparations all the time. What I do with the information given to me is to stress out for him and worry that he doesn’t have enough time to prepare, etc. fulfilling my wifely duty of a help mate…wait, what?

Clearly worrying about him getting things done and being ready wasn’t helping him. Yesterday he took the evening to go work out and finish a long to do list that simply couldn’t be done by the time he needed to pick up Afton from day care. Tonight, the plans have been made, the stage is set- literally- he somehow even found time to throw together a simple set- and he is on his way home.

And Afton is in bed.

And I have chicken noodle soup on the stove. That is all.

But we will eat chicken noodle soup in our sweaters and maybe read together or watch a movie or play music together because I have time to be with him and to help him prepare for ministry tomorrow.

Date night isn’t about the perfect dinner, the perfect dress and the babysitter. When that happens- it’s lovely. Enjoy every second of it and don’t you dare feel guilty! But when suddenly you have a moment, an hour or an evening with your special someone and no plans have been made, you work with what you have and you decide to be intentional about eating chicken noodle soup together.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.– Pillow on my couch

And sometimes, the storm looks like a busy week with one night haphazardly carved out in which you will eat chicken noodle soup by candle light and call it a date.

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