Project 52: 30 Minutes To A Memory

Have you ever thought how light affects romance?  Think of it – a dimly lit restaurant invites lovers to come in and sit a spell as opposed to a vibrant, brightly lit restaurant that causes even the slowest eater to shovel down their dinner in a hurry.

This week Tom took me to a wedding of a dear friend.  It happened to be on my birthday and in another state, so this date was NOT a normal one by any means.  But there was a moment within this extraordinary evening when I felt as if Tom and I were all alone enjoying a special date he had planned without the 200 guests in the background.

After dinner Tom took my hand and led me out onto the terrace overlooking the beautiful golf course.  The sun had just set shedding romantic light across the landscape.  The flowers in Michigan are in full bloom – hydrangeas, dahlias and daisies.  I had my camera and was taking lots of pictures, when Tom pointed to a very special light on the lawn – lightening bugs!  You see, we don’t have them in Florida, so I marvel at these little bugs whenever I can.  What impresses me is that they are happy to fly, letting their light shine as they go about doing what they do.  It is simple, yet so inspiring, begging the question: Do I enjoy letting my light shine so freely?

We sat on a low wall together trying to get a closer look.  I realized how much Tom loves me by his willingness to share this simple moment with me.  I’m sure examining lightning bugs isn’t high on his list of most romantic things to do – yet there he was.  He said he enjoys watching me enjoy God’s creation.

I smiled.

I kept trying to get a closer look, even capture it on camera – but they kept a safe distance.

As we were heading to the door ready to reenter the wedding reception – Tom noticed a lightning bug nearby!  With a quick move he captured it in his hand!

Really?  I was amazed and excited to finally see one up close.  Not only this, but I caught the moment on video.

We all lead busy lives.  We often have to forgo dates in order to attend this event or that meeting, but in the midst of it all – there are romantic moments not to be missed.

We took 30 minutes and created a memory that will forever be special to us and very romantic to me!

NOTE:  Project 52 is a year long challenge originated by Simply Modern Mom’s blog.  It’s not too late to join this goal of romancing your spouse one date at a time.  Click the button below for all the details:

About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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7 Responses to Project 52: 30 Minutes To A Memory

  1. Alaina says:

    you are so right about moments easily escaping us. We go through the motions, all the while thinking ahead to the next one instead of enjoying the moment we’re in right now. Thanks for that reminder and perspective 🙂


    • Debi Walter says:

      I guess we all are guilty of this from time to time. May we live each day with our eyes open to the romantic possibilities! Thanks, Alaina!


  2. Jean says:

    For those of us in the midwest, it’s a reminder to appreciate those bugs that can become routine for us. Thanks for the reminder.


    • Debi Walter says:

      Yes, and living so close to the beach, I’m sure we take it’s nearness for granted as well. It’s always helpful to look at our lives through another’s eyes from time to time. Thanks, Jean!


  3. cheree says:

    Taking the time to notice the simple things is so vital to life. I love to lay in our hammock with my husband and dog, watching the lightening bugs and listening to the crickets.


    • Debi Walter says:

      I love listening to crickets – that’s something we DO have in Florida…but we’ll have to work on the hammock! 🙂 Thanks, Cheree!


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