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Dawn Camp shares God’s gift of essential oils in her books My Essential Oil Companion and It All Began in a Garden. She is a photographer, essential oil slinger, Mom to eight and Mimi to five. Dawn enjoys movie nights with her husband and steaming cups of Earl Grey.

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  1. Dawn,
    Word people unite!! Like you I’m a word person. So much so that I find myself correcting the grammar of the sports announcers while my husband and I enjoy one of our shared interests – watching our Pittsburgh sports teams. Ice hockey, baseball, football, if it’s black and gold, we get into it! Every so often I do have to break up the testosterone with a mushy chick flick lol. Outdoors we like long walks together or with our dog. Grabbing a cup of coffee at one of our favorite little coffee places, and talking, is also a favorite activity. Rummikube (spelling??) is one of our favorite board games though it’s more fun with more players I have to say. Thanks for the reminder to work at holding on to that “lovin’ feeling” – to quote a song 🙂

  2. This is sooo weird. (BTW, I am a word person)

    Recently, we have had our share of illnesses in the family. One of the medications my husband had to go on for 27 days had strict rules of NO ALCOHOL for the duration. No biggie to most but, we have really enjoyed checking out the local “Craft beer tap rooms” lately so I guess our Breakfast at Tiffany’s is more like a happy hour at the tap room.

    Until it wasn’t.

    What do we do? He watches golf on TV and I go outside for walks. He complains its too hot to be out and I think he keeps the A/C way too cold/low inside. He enjoys playing video games on his iPad I loathe video games. period. I see things around the house which need to be taken care of and he says its fine.

    I am literally wondering what we do have in common these days. An inside activity? Can’t think of one. Outside activity? Not sure. Board game? Nope.

    • Right there with ya, sister. My husband has staunchly refused — for the entire 35 years of our marriage — even to try to find something we could enjoy together. The whole point of his (many!) hobbies, I think, is that he doesn’t do them with me. He (we) have missed out on so much. It’s frustrating but mostly sad.

      • Bonnie, does he have a hobby that you might enjoy too? Copying part of my comment to Kathy here: I would love for you to search your memory for common ground from your dating and early married days and look for new things you would enjoy doing together (think fun board game, binge watching a new series on Netflix, discovering a restaurant with live music, exploring a museum) and then please, pretty please come back here and comment on how it goes.

        I’m praying for you too!

    • Kathy, your comment here sounds like a challenge. (I am so sorry about your husband and the health problems, but it sounds like he’s following doctor’s orders, which is admirable considering the fun nights out it’s costing you!) I would love for you to search your memory for common ground from your dating and early married days and look for new things you would enjoy doing together (think fun board game, binge watching a new series on Netflix, discovering a restaurant with live music, exploring a museum) and then please, pretty please come back here and comment on how it goes. Praying for you today, sister!

  3. Dawn,
    Such a beautiful reminder for couples. We find ourselves lost in the day, the weeks, and the months making very little time for one another. We’ve designated the first Sunday of every month for our brunch date. This is a time we look forward to that’s free of kids, and it’s just us enjoying the company of one another. One of my friends once told me, you have to take time out to remember why you like each other. I love the indoor and outdoor activity as well as th board game. I definitely want to incorporate those. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Tarrah, your friend has some solid advice: “you have to take time out to remember why you like each other.” It sounds like you and your husband have done a great job at being intentional about making time for each other. Our routine is Sunday date nights, although I was out of town most of last week so we had a family outing Sunday afternoon/evening, tubing on the Chattahoochee River (so we’ve got a date night tonight).

  4. My husband hears the music and I the lyrics but we enjoy listening together. We dated when gas was cheap and spent many afternoons driving in a music filled car.

  5. Dawn,

    Locking the bedroom door has reconnected my husband and me. We dated in high school and married three years after graduating. Kids came along four years later and our lives changed drastically. We were best friends while dating and in our early years of marriage. We genuinely enjoyed doing things together. With children, our time together was mostly at night. And for many years we kept our door open because I “needed” to hear the kids through the night, making intimacy, for lack of a better word, kinda sneaky. Well, we’re finally closing the door and locking it! Reconnecting. Lol

    • Michele, this is a great way to connect. One of my sons used to study the Bible over the phone with his out-of-state girlfriend, whom he married last summer. We were at their house recently and their Bibles and notebooks were sitting on the kitchen table; clearly they still practice this good habit.

      • You’re melting my mama heart with that one! Can’t help but think of that verse: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

  6. Dawn, I’ve heard this song before but won’t ever view it the same way! What a neat way to tie the song to a reminder to love our spouse. I especially like the indoor/outdoor/board game suggestion. Ours would be movies, hiking, and Scattergories (but just about any board games are good!). Thank you, Dawn!

  7. I’ve never heard that before, have three things you like to do together, inside, outside and a board game. I know what our outside and inside things are, I’ll have to work on the board game. Thanks for a fun perspective on love!

  8. One of our shared loves is the Jason Bourne movie series. I am looking forward to our date night next week when the latest movie premieres. Your post is a good reminder to keep in touch in practical ways.

    • Sarah, I actually plugged in a Sunday evening movie date next week for the Bourne movie on my phone’s calendar, knowing it would sync up with my husband’s. We’re all about movie date nights!

  9. Jim & I have been married for 51 years. We met on a blind date the first weekend, had a one-on-one date the next weekend, and got married the next weekend! (not recommended for everyone!) We didn’t have any time before we married to have any memories to look back on, but we began forming our connections as we went along. We both love to read, and have a shared interest in what we read, and so discuss each of our latest books with each other. Unfortunately I can relate to you, Dawn, about who has control over the radio when we’re going somewhere. He loves country music, whereas I love light jazz, classical, easy listening rock. He loves the “old” hymns while I enjoy the contemporary style. So we’ve compromised…he listens to one from his station then I can switch to one from my station! We both love going to flea markets, thrift stores or yard sales, and we both love to travel, especially cross country by car. We may not have had the benefit of dating memories to pull from, but we made our own after we were married :)!

    • Charlene,

      I thought I got married quickly. My husband and I met on line and emailed for about 3 weeks. We had a “blind date”. A few days later he asked me on a “real” date. I knew then and there I was to marry him. We dated 10 weeks and I asked him to marry me. I was always over at his house and enjoyed falling asleep on him while watching movies. That was 12 years ago. Congratulations on 51 wonderful years!

      Blessings 🙂

  10. Dawn,

    I’m not a word person, per se. I am a grammar fanatic. I can spot a mistake a mile away. My husband I went to a live theatre play. Each weekend we were together. We both enjoy music and used to go to concerts. He has taught me to like Marvel Comic Book movies. We’ve seen them all and own most of them. Hiking is another outdoor sport we enjoy. I truly love sitting on the back porch talking about daily life. Our the most favorite things to do are walking/hiking, watching movies-mostly comic book, and playing Magic card game with special cards. Life has had its twists and turns and there were times we “lost touch with each other”. Prayer and well meaning “let’s talk” has helped.

    Blessings 🙂

  11. Dawn,
    This is very true, although we may not have butterflies every day we must continue to have a connection. Recently I decided to do the Husband Project and it was incredible! It gave me great ideas for spending quality time with my Husband and allowed me to think outside the box. My husband and I met when we were 16 and started dating soon after. We have now been married for 3 years, together for 5 and with two little ones. Before our munchkins made their arrival we enjoyed our days at the movies and I am happy to say that we make a movie night at least once a week and enjoy some type of activity together daily, whether it is board games, projects, or simply sitting on the porch to talk.