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Committed: The Ties that Bond

with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

Check out my Work It, Mom! profile and my blog, Dutch Blitz.

Budget-Friendly Date Night Ideas

Categories: communication, dating

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as those of you who have been reading me here for the past five years know, I’m a huge proponent of making “date night” a priority. It’s far too easy to be caught up in work and in school and in diapers and in after-school activities and in LIFE. You and your spouse could be doing all you can to keep your family running smoothly, but in doing so, you may easily neglect the foundation on which your family was built. You look up from the dishes only to see that the person who is your “partner” is someone with whom you no longer feel connected to.

One of the key things to keeping that connection is to spend time with your spouse, without your kids. The hours you are fast asleep do not count. You need time to talk without interruption, and time to remember why you said “I do” in the first place.

Going on a date doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are a few ideas for a budget-friendly date night:


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5 free spring date ideas

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The snow has (FINALLY) melted and I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to get out of the house a lot more. It also makes me want to ramp up spending some time with my husband away from our kids. Cuddling under the blankets while watching a movie is great in the winter, but it’s time to soak up the sun. Here are a few ideas for a free way to spend time together.


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Get away from it all

Categories: dating, love, marriage

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Yesterday morning my husband and I got our kids fed, dressed, and ready for school. They walked down to the road to catch the school bus and we loaded our ski gear into the truck and we headed to the local hill, just the two of us. We left the lake fog behind and spent the day under blue skies, basking in the sun. Getting our gear on was a breeze because we didn’t have to help three smaller people get their gear on (Or hear cries that ‘It doesn’t FEEL RIGHT) and getting our gear back off was just as easy.


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Are you partied out?

Categories: dating, holidays

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I don’t know about you guys, but my December went by in a bit of a blur. There was my kids’ school Christmas production, my husband’s work Christmas party, two different parties hosted by friends, and numerous other ‘extra’ activities connected to Christmas. Then there was Christmas Day, where we hosted a big feast. I love planning (and cooking) the big meal and I buzz around for days beforehand and the day of, and then when it’s over, I crash.

(Related: I spent the entire next day on the couch reading a book.)


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Do you and your spouse work out together?

Categories: dating, fitness, marriage

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We live in an active community, and I know a number of couples who share both marital love and a love of the same physical activities. One couple runs together and they both race. Another couple like mountain biking on rugged trails and entering mountain biking events. Yet another couple enjoys hockey and play in the same league.

My husband and I … are nothing like them.


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Date Ideas For The Fall

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The temperatures are cooling and the official first day of fall is just around the corner. Those long walks on the beach after a dinner out don’t have to end, you just have to trade out your breezy summer dress for jeans and a long-sleeved top. Here are a few other ideas:

What do you do on the weekend?

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Weekends are when we recharge. Well, except for the three hours we spend at soccer EVERY SATURDAY MORNING. (This Saturday is the last day of soccer! Cue the fanfare!)

Aside from soccer, our weekends are pretty wide open. Friday nights are “pub night” (homemade pizza and appetizers) and Saturday nights alternate between family time and date night. Date nights are a necessity for us in order to keep us connected.

Sunday is church in the morning and we try to keep Sunday afternoons pretty low-key. We play outside, we go on hikes, we eat a steak dinner, we recharge before Monday rears its ugly head.

What do you do on the weekend?

Who instigated your first kiss?

Categories: Uncategorized, dating, love

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This past Sunday I watched my husband, in character as a street cleaner in Jerusalem, talking about Passover in a monologue/skit that he dreamed up and performed. He gets up in front of over 400 people every Sunday to do an object lesson (Sometimes it’s Coca-Cola and Mentos, sometimes there’s fire involved, you get the idea)(He surprises everyone every week). I feel like he surprises me the most every week, because he never tells me what tricks he has up his sleeve ahead of me watching with everyone else. I’ve been married to him for almost twelve years and the young punk I married would not be standing up there, so comfortable in his skin and his role and doing the crazy things he does.


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Date nights have a lot of value

Categories: Uncategorized, communication, dating, marriage

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I’m a huge proponent of date nights (as you all know) because it is far too easy to get caught up in your daily lives that are full of work and routine and activities and kids and stuff. A reader of mine sent me the link to The National Marriage Project and their report called The Date Night Opportunity.


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What do you give each other for Valentine’s Day?

Categories: dating, love

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As we all know, Valentine’s Day (or Love Day, for the old school Simpsons fans) is next week. The merchandise has been out since the day after Christmas and it’s all you hear about on t.v. or online. Gift guides and date ideas and giveaways, oh my!

I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. It started out because we didn’t want to buy into the commercialism, and we went on regular date nights as it was. There has been the occasional Valentine’s Day where we’ve surprised the other with something, but we usually have the “We’re not buying presents, RIGHT?” conversation and we both stick to it. Usually.


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