The Non-Date Date

We are blessed with a 5 year old with strong manipulative skills. Her skills are especially useful when she applies them to Pappo and Grandma. Friday afternoon, as we drove in from school, Annelise asked to run over to say hi to them. About 2 minutes later she ran back over here, bursting through the door short of breath and gasping something along the lines of, "Grandma is about to go swimming! Can I go too PUH-leeease? Where's my suit? I don't care if it doesn't still fit, I promise I won't complain! So can I? Huh, can I?" I gathered her suit, cover up and towel and in a jiffy she was on her way back over to their house.

I'm so thankful our neighbors don't mind her wearing a trail across their back yard. They're sweet that way.

A couple of hours later we got a phone call from Annelise asking to spend the night. There was even talk of swimming before breakfast Saturday morning. Who are we to refuse?

Suddenly Scott and I were left childless for an evening, thanks to her clever negotiating skills. We weren't quite sure what to do with ourselves.

So Scott mowed the yard. Then we went to Fuddrucker's.

Are you jealous?

We ended up watching Fireproof on Dish on Demand. Have you seen it? The message is really good and applicable to all marriages. If you haven't seen it, put it on your list. It's definitely worth watching with your spouse. I think practicing the Love Dare would be beneficial too, even for stable marriages, by making more of an effort to show love for your mate daily for 40 days. Most of the daily challenges are simple, but are possibly things we take for granted or don't make much an effort to practice. I'll let you in on a little secret, I'm thinking of picking up a copy just to give it a whirl. Why not? While I liked the message of Fireproof, I wouldn't feel true to my inner nitpicker if I didn't complain about the acting, which was honestly a little on the cheesy side. Sorry.

So parts of Fireproof were emotional. To top that off, we DVRd Farrah's Story and watched it later. Did y'all see that? Her story of her battle with cancer was so honest and moving. Cue more tears. Buckets. The part that got me the most was when she visited her dad and when he talked about her, because to him she wasn't Farrah the Star, she was his daughter, his little girl who was sick. So sweet and sad at the same time.

After all of this emotional TV and movie viewing on our spontaneous date night that really wasn't a date, there was only one way to soothe my frayed heart strings.

Ice cream.


  1. I love spontaneous date nights like that!

    I have never heard of Fireproof so now I'm curious, but cheesy acting is so hard for me to take, I wonder if that would ruin it for me.

  2. I haven't seen the movie Fireproof, but I did buy the book. Unfortunately, I have not fully committed and have only completed the first challenge. Maybe one of these days I'll get back to it.

  3. I'm sorry to have criticized the acting, but I did feel some of it was cheesy. With a side of fruit. Kirk Cameron just kind of freaks me out, like he never out grew his Seaver kid range of acting. I REALLY liked the message of Fireproof, but felt I had to be honest.

    Charlton: Hey--at least you have it and can work on it from time to time. I may never make it to the bookstore...:)

  4. LOL. I like how you think.

    I'm glad you told me the acting was cheesy. I wondered about that. I'm marking it off my "To See" list now. THanks for saving me a night of angst. :-)

  5. Yikes! I really feel bad now for saying the acting was cheesy since it probably isn't going to encourage anyone to see the movie. However, if I said it was such a good movie (and in theory it is) but didn't mention the acting I'd worry y'all would see it and think ,"Um, doesn't Holly know how cheesy this was? I'll never read her blog again?!?!"

    So you see my dilemma. I still think it's worth watching.

  6. Oh, yes. EVERYONE should see that movie. Some of the acting may be cheesy, but it is so overpowered by the amazing story and message.

    Glad you had a great time! I'm so jealous of having grandparents so close. How super fun!

  7. ok, so yes ma'am, i agree with both points on fireproof. cheesy with a good message. worth seeing. especially if you ever had a crush on kirk cameron from growing pains. :) the really funny part about that movie is my husband dragged me kicking and screaming to see it. again- that required ice cream for me. :)

    what a date night! and what skills that kid has! how incredible that she gets to live SO close to her grandparents!!! those are going to be wonderful memories.

  8. Rochelle: you said it much better than I. People shuld see it and give it a chance. Thanks!

    Jen: It was strange to see an older Kirk Cameron...I kept having Mike Seaver flashbacks (but not in a good way). Yes, we are soooo thankful A. gets to see her grandparents easily and often.


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