Investing in a Marriage: Fall Date Night in Quincy, Illinois
A church partner in Quincy, Illinois, St. Peter’s Church, has been running a Fall Date Night Challenge from October through December. They decided to run this Challenge after attending Communio’s Marriage Initiative in September. Twenty-five couples took part in the Date Night in October.
Here is a great testimony from one participating couple:
“Finally got to do our date yesterday evening! It was wonderful! The last time we sat down at a restaurant and ate, just the 2 of us, Charlie was a baby. We hadn’t done that in 6 years! We had fun going through the questions. It’s amazing what you do and don’t remember after 16 years! We are around each other almost 24/7 because we work together. We make a great team as coworkers and as parents. Until last night, we didn’t realize how important it was to have time for just the 2 of us as a couple. By signing up for this challenge it put date nights on our “have to do list” and we are so thrilled! Our days are filled with so many “have to do”s that anything else becomes an “eventually” or a “someday”, so thank you for putting this together, it has made our relationship as a couple a priority again!”
Why does marriage matter so much? We are, as Aristotle taught, social animals. We are hardwired to connect. That’s why our ties with others— family and friends—end up being so much more crucial to our welfare than things like the size of our bank account or the degree on our wall.
Couples who are on the fence about tying the knot may want to consider new research from the Institute for Family Studies. People who are married are happier than those who are not, based on Gallup surveys of more than 2.5 million U.S. adults collected between March 2020 and November 2023.