I was so excited to surprise Erik with this week's Dinner at Eight! Mexican food is hands-down his favorite kind of food. Every time I make it, he tells me that he could eat it every day and never get tired of it.
So I got to work planning. Erik's favorite steak tacos + all the fixings, check. My favorite recipe for Spanish rice, check. Mexican soda in glass bottles, check. Yellow tissue paper flowers, handmade by me, check. Chips + salsa (of course), check. A yummy Mexican inspired dessert, check. Pina Coladas to drink, check.
my own suggestions for getting the little ones to bed early. In the end I was completely stressed out and overwhelmed trying to pull the whole thing off.
In one of my lowest moments, I remember yelling at Audrey to give me space so that I could make the tissue paper flowers for the table decorations. That is when God stopped me in my tracks. What was I doing? Were silly flowers really more important than my sweet little girl? Was it really necessary to spend my time + energy making them when my attention so obviously needed to be elsewhere?
I put my dinner plans + preparations aside. I sat and cuddled with my little ones for a bit. Then I made them dinner and talked to them about their day. Yes, I still had preparations for Dinner at Eight to do when Erik got home. And yes, I still had to run to the store to get a few last minute things. But my heart was in a much better place for it.
And that my friends, is what Dinner at Eight is all about. It is so fun to plan our dates around a theme- to get caught up + inspired by the decorations and the meal planning, the whole atmosphere of the evening. But more than anything, it is about taking the time to celebrate our husbands. To show them love. To nurture our marriages. I feel like I say this every time, but being intentional is so, so powerful. And God can do amazing things with our hearts and our relationships with our husbands when we put forth heartfelt effort and attention.
I would love to hear in the comments about some of the creative ways that you are being intentional in your marriages!
And you can check out Rebekah's Mexican fiesta HERE!
MEXICAN INSPIRED ICE CREAM SUNDAES
chocolate ice-cream with brownie chunks
a spinkle of cinnamon
Layer your ingredients in the order listed.
Next time I am going to add homemade cinnamon brownies for the bottom layer.
Don't be afraid of being generous with the sprinkle of cinnamon on top...
I wasn't sure about how it would taste myself and it was so yummy!