A few days ago we talked about date nights.  We really are hearing far too often that couples aren’t taking out time for themselves.  

YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE TIME FOR YOUR MARRIAGES.

Even a few short moments can make a huge impact.  Even if you are broke. Even if you have kids and no sitter.  Even if you have a baby or toddler sleeping in your room. Even if your schedule is all crazy.  We’ve heard all the reasons but you have got to find a compromise somewhere to fit in quality couple time, even if it’s just 15 minutes a week.  

WHY?

Dating, even after marriage, is super important.  Courtship shouldn’t end just because you say vows.  The usually unspoken part in those vows is that you grow TOGETHER, as one, through life, and dating is a part of that.  Dating is also just another word for reconnecting, bonding, spending time TOGETHER.   

Especially in lines of work like the Fire Service where spouses spend on average a third of their time or even more apart from each other.  This time alone, together, allows you to reconnect and grow closer.  Have a few moments of uninterrupted adult conversation.  This doesn’t have to mean a lot of time or money.  People get too hung up on time and money, those things are irrelevant. Really they are.   If you need ideas you can check out these resources… you’ll find something for almost everyone!

Missing Date Night? How to Find Alone Time with Our Crazy Firefighter Schedules.

Married…. but dating.

Date Night Resources Page

Psssst.  Hey….Firefighters (And any firewives this may pertain to),
don’t blow off dates because of the word date, because you don’t have “money” or “time”.  For the sake of me wanting your marriage to thrive, I say… That’s bull!  MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE A PRIORITY… we’re not talking once a week, although that’s awesome.  Once every 6 weeks would make a big difference to your spouse.  Cuddling up on the couch and watching a movie is considered a date.  Having a dinner alone.  This can look however you want it to look, talk about it together and decide what your reconnection time looks like and make it happen!  😉 

Need more date ideas?!

bigstock-Important-date-or-concept-for--42854044The 24-7 Communities are always buzzing about date days, date nights or mini date ideas that will fit anyone’s lifestyle and schedule!

Check out more about the 24-7 Communities. The Fire Wife Sisterhood for women married to or dating a firefighter and The Honor Guard for men devoted to their spouse.

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Jessie -

A small town girl from Southwest Georgia who happens to value your marriage as much as she does her own. She is married to a firefighter who was a volunteer for several years, then transitioned into a career fireman the same month they married in 2008, and he is now a Captain at his full-time Department. They have two daughters, have been in the FFW family since 2012 and know marriage takes a lot of work, even when it's in the best seasons.