The hubby and I are blessed to have similar schedules since we both teach. That meant that on Monday, January 3rd, we both got one more day off before we began working again. That morning, I convinced Justin to wake before noon and spend some of the morning with me before having to part ways for the day to run errands and meet people. (This has been a particularly busy season for my husband who has a full-time job and many hours of ministry on the side per week). And so began our tradition of brunch. We have both found this time truly refreshing. Our conversation revolves around hopes and dreams, goals and desires, scheduling and planning for the week and weeks to come, etc. We have never been short on conversation. It is a lovely time together.
Our first brunch was at Chick Fil A... not high class, but just right. I remember we sat in a booth and shared with each other what God was teaching us and how that was changing our lives. We talked about the direction we wanted to set ourselves to move in 2011.
Over the next couple weeks, we have had many more chances to brunch, mostly on Sunday morning. It really sets the tone for our Sabbaths. We have gone to Baklava Cafe, Panera Bread, and Chick Fil A (not on Sunday, of course). Sometimes, Justin goes grocery shopping with me or I will go and then pick him up to brunch. We start the morning off together, we start our week together, and in these moments, I feel we are truly sharing life as one. After our mini adventure out, we come back and things differ on the week. Sometimes, he has to get ready for church in the evening. Sometimes, I begin cooking and cleaning to prepare myself for the week to come. Sometimes, we read. Last week, we came home and took a nap. We both woke up happy and in love.
Sunday brunches have really changed our relationship. I enjoy them more than date nights as most of the time, I am too tired to carry on a normal conversation or our conversation revolves around school. Brunch has become an extension of our worship to God together as we seek to follow Christ as one.