So, a new year and and a new idea (well magpied from a friend)…
What’s that I hear you ask?
Well to be honest (and I always am), I’d never heard of it either, but when I found out what it was I suggested the idea to The Lovely Mr B and he was all for it, so let me explain…
You go on a date with your other half and you go through the letters of the alphabet to theme the date. You can do anything really and it gives massive scope for creativity to be unleashed.
So, The Lovely Mr B and I decided, as we have been married 20 years (I KNOW WE DON’T LOOK OLD ENOUGH!!!!!!!) in 2018, we would celebrate our marriage.
Also, we want to spend 2018 generally just celebrating life in all it’s fullness, after an extremely hard 2017, and Mr B’s courageous cancer battle.
2018 is going to be a wonderful year of celebrating and what better way to do that than…alphabet dating, lol!!!
We thought we would take alternate turns to plan the date day/evening/weekend (keeping our options open you see), and then the other one would blog about how we chose to celebrate.
This means we get to blog together, up to this point I have blogged on my own, which I am really looking forward to very much and we will hopefully show what being married for twenty years can look like; having fun together and enjoying life with your best bud! We are unapologetically happily married and enjoy spending time together. That doesn’t mean things are always perfect but we have our marriage as a high priority and want to ensure we treasure what God has given us in each other.
This is a scripture we try and live by, however difficult it may be at times:
Col 13-14 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
So, we are taking you on the journey with us and one of us will post once a fortnight with pics and highlights, that we hope will inspire you and generally encourage you to enjoy every moment of this life we get the good fortune to live.
We will also post on Insta with the #Brownsalphabetdating2018
Now off to think of a good idea for A…
WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!
I also want to encourage you to try this idea within your family or even with your bestie! I don’t think it has to be contained to dating your other half, but why not try it with your kids and let them decide the theme for your time together or even as a family, putting a special time aside to do this. It doesn’t have to be every week, it could just be once a month, but the fun is trying to plan it by using the letter of the alphabet to theme it. Get creative and share with me what you are doing on here or over on my Insta.
Happy Alphabet fun!!
So, after six of the toughest months of or lives, it’s time for me and Mrs Brown to get back to having some fun!
I have to confess when she first mentioned the concept of Alphabet Dating I was excited, but it seemed a long way off. Well not any more!!!
We started yesterday and really there was only one choice for the letter A…..
We think it’s the best cafe in South London and a regular haunt of the Browns, before cancer reared its ugly head. It’s where we would head most weekends to spend some quality time over a cup of coffee, wonderful food and of course cake!!
When I took ill the staff who I look on as real friends, yes we went there quite a lot, were incredibly supportive and genuinely encouraging. So, it was great to see the big smiles when we arrived today. You see for me this is so much more than putting behind me the bad things, the months of constant pain and nausea, the weight loss, the feeling awful. I’d say hair loss but who am I trying to kid, I’ve been bald for years.
This is about celebrating the good things that kept me going and for which I’m so grateful. Friends, family, my wonderful kids all who have been cheering me on, the wonderful Mrs Brown who has been a rock, and whose self sacrifice and support has picked me up in the darkest of dark times. Her life, even more than mine has been on hold, waiting for this to be over and although it’s been and still is in some ways a struggle we are nearly there and her patience will hopefully be rewarded as I return to more like my old self (on the presumption that’s a good thing!)
Last, but not least we will be celebrating our faith, faith in our Father in heaven who has shown us He loves us more than we could ever have imagined and who has walked with us through the dark tunnel of serious illness. Let me be clear, at certain times even all the support in the world would not have been enough to keep me going and only God’s miraculous intervention was sufficient.
This piece is way too short to go into specifics but stay tuned!!! Our story has been punctuated with illustrations of God’s goodness, and his sustenance of us in the most fantastic way. So, as a start to a season of alphabet dating where we hope to celebrate what we mean to each other, we have just gone back to what we love, nothing spectacular, just a cup of coffee and time spent together chatting, reflecting and looking forward.
To paraphrase the Fast Show…
“Ain’t marriage brilliant.”
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