On Saturday night, David and I went to the Great Date Experiment at our church. We had a lot of fun and it really got me thinking. This experiment is a way to make sure that your marriage is a priority. As a homeschooling mom that is a hard thing to do. We are with our children 24 hours a day and when we do get to go out without them, they are all we talk about.
On every table there was a pack of Mentos for each couple. Of course we opened ours and started eating them. LOL Kevin, our minister, said he found out that these were called “meant too’s” not the more common name, Mentos. This is because they stand for all of the things we meant to do and just haven’t gotten around to it. So, remember, every time you see mentos in this post, think “meant to”.
We have many “Mentos” in our marriage. We have always “mento” go on a cruise. With small children, it is hard to get away for more than a night. Heck, we even have a hard time going out just for one evening. He talked about the movie, Up, which tells the story of Ellie and Carl. They had one major mento in their marriage. They wanted to go on a trip but the problems of life kept getting in the way of saving the money. Ellie dies without them ever getting to Paradise Falls.
I don’t want to be like Carl and Ellie. Oh, they had a wonderful marriage. I want that part. I just don’t want to come to the end of life and realize all of my want to’s ended up being mentos.
So, I am praying that these six dates that we will be going on, one for the next 6 months, will strengthen our marriage. But more importantly, I want to get to all of those “mentos”. We are saving money for that cruise. (Yes, we just started two days ago, but we’ll get there.)
Don’t let life slip you by without doing the things that are important. God gives us only a limited number of days on this earth. The hard part is that we don’t know what that number is. I’m getting rid of the mentos (I never really liked them anyway) and switching to SweetHearts.
If you would like to do the Great Date Experiment with us, you can see it at Georgetown Church of Christ’s web site.