Project 52: Wildside and Lakeside

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Our date this week started later than usual because we had a homeowners meeting we needed to attend.  Kindly, they let us talk about our project first, so we could leave.  Knowing our date was going to be delayed, Tom prepared an appetizer plate for us to enjoy before the meeting; it was so good.  I think mostly because he made it!

Once we got in our car it was obvious Tom knew where we were going!  I love it when he makes plans ahead of time (NOTE TO HUSBANDS:  Wives love a date where the question isn’t asked as you get in the car, “So, where do you want to go?”)  Our first stop?  Dinner at Wildside BBQ in Thornton Park near downtown.  It was surprisingly nice outside, so we chose a table on the terrace.  From our position we could see Lake Eola and noticed the fountain was working again.  🙂

After dinner we took a walk around the block to check out more options for future date nights.  This is the lake where Tom took me on our first date in June of 1978.

How the area has changed;  Most obvious is the skyline, it has probably tripled in size.  The park has been refurbished with luscious plants, lighted walkways, bridges over bubbling fountains, and police officers on bicycles providing a sense of security.  The fountain, too, has changed.  It recently was rebuilt after being struck by lightening, and it no longer changes colors.  The various colors are still there, but now they stay steady. My first thought was I didn’t like the change!

From there we talked about how WE have changed!  32 years have passed; we have three grown children; we have four grandchildren; we have learned what it means to have plenty and what it means to be in want.  In all ways, God has been faithful to us through the seasons we have walked.

I shared with Tom my aversion for change; simply put – I don’t like it!  He encouraged me how change has been one way God helps us let go of holding onto things in this life that won’t matter for eternity.  The older we grow the more we long for Heaven.  He was leading me by sharing Truth with me, helping me to not only accept change, but to welcome it!

We walked around the lake while we talked of the seasons of life we’ve been through, and the seasons still left to come.  One thing is certain – seasons are good!  They are ordained by God for rich growth both personally and in our relationship.  He uses the sunshine as well as the storms to help us, and by His grace we have learned much.  Through the changes we have become steady – Wow! Just like the lights of the fountain! Suddenly, I see the fountain in a new light, and I realize the change is good!

Through The Grapevine: What season are you facing?  Is it harsh or pleasant?  How is God helping you walk?  Have you talked together about the changes?  We would love to hear from you!

If you would like to join the Project 52 Challenge simply click the button below for all the details.  We’re over halfway through the year with this fun challenge, but it’s never too late to start romancing your spouse one date at a time!

About Debi Walter

Face it, marriage is hard work. But when cultivated daily the fruit produced will satisfy for a lifetime. We're here to help with ideas and encouragement along the way. Having been married 40 years and counting, we share what we've learned with practical tips, Biblical Truths, Date night ideas to help you plow your own vineyard for God's glory.
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