This is the second blog since the Coronavirus put us in our homes with limited ability to do creative dates outside of the house. This may not be as much of a creative idea as it is just telling you some of the things that we’ve been doing to spend time together and to be intentional.
For the next three weeks our church will be in a family initiative called “Ready, Set, Go.” We are focusing on being a ready bride, setting the table of discipleship in the home, and going into the places we work with the Gospel. This is all coming out of the second half of the book of Colossians. This emphasis has a family guide to help parents disciple their kids. Even if you are reading this later, with no guide, and no context from the sermons, you can still do some of these things together.
We each decided we would secretly do something for every member of our family this week to show them love. Here is what I did. You can do the same thing over the next few weeks or tweak it to fit your family.
- Ice cream for the wife – We went by Shakes one night while we were out, but the line was about seven cars deep and she didn’t want to wait. Dairy Queen had the same type line. Later in the week I went and got Shakes for her and Dairy Queen for the girls. Frozen custard isn’t really ice cream, so I had to take care of the rest of the family, but since it is my wife’s favorite, I made a special trip just for her. Take 30 minutes out of your night and spend $20 on ice cream for the family!
- Cleaning with no complaining – We have two daughters. One of them is a fairly clean and organized young lady. Her room is rarely messy and you don’t find much of her stuff around the house. The other child is half-human and half-tornado. Her room is always a wreck of epic proportions. She can’t get her clothes from the bathroom to the hamper and can rarely get her towel from her room back to the bathroom. She also doesn’t have the motor skills necessary to put a toilet seat down. I haven’t gotten on to her all week (but you can tell I’m venting now). Every night before she went to bed, I picked all her clothes up off the bathroom floor and put them in her hamper. If the toilet seat was up, I put it down for her. Find a chore or a way to serve one of your family members for a week. Do it without telling them and see if they notice.
- Watch a movie together – One of my girls loves movies. I’ve been talking to her about watching the Marvel movies with me. She initially agreed and was excited about it, but that feeling waned. I told her that we’d watch a movie together this week and it would be her choice. Tonight was the night, but she said, “Dad, I’m sorry, but I don’t want to watch Captain America.” I told her she got to pick the movie. She picked The Incredibles. The irony that she didn’t want to watch a superhero movie . . . and then picked a superhero movie, was not lost on me. Let someone in your family pick a movie this week and watch it together.
Nothing that creative here, but a couple of ideas you can do with a little intentionality.