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Whether you’re slopping the pigs, digging a garden, or culling chickens, homesteading is a lot of dirty work. At the end of a long day of sweat and hard work, it can be hard to unwind.

Even more difficult is finding time to connect with your spouse.

Life often gets in the way of activities that strengthen your marriage. Kids, animals, crops—they’re all important. But focus too much on these things and your relationship can suffer.

That’s why it’s so important to have regular dates with your spouse. As things get hectic this planting season, try to date your spouse once a week. It can make a big difference!

Date #1: A simple walk

Don’t have a lot of time or extra funds for something fancy? That’s okay! The best thing you can do for date night is to spend time with your spouse.

My husband and I go on nightly walks after supper. While you don’t have to walk every day, even once a week can improve communication and help you fall in love all over again.

Date #2: Homemade dinner and movie

Who says you have to leave the house to do date night? You can DIY romance right on the farm.

Get the chores done early today and see about dropping the kids off with a sitter. This way, you and your spouse can relax without distraction!

Cook your spouse’s favorite supper. You can go as simple as you want; don’t feel like you need to cook filet mignon. Keep the food simple so there’s little cleanup.

Light some homemade beeswax candles, split a tub of ice cream with them, and turn on your favorite movie. Don’t forget to cuddle underneath a warm blanket together!

Date #3: Go out!

Although home dates are great, sometimes you just need to get away from the farm. A little distance makes the heart grow fonder, after all.

Plan a fun Saturday on the town together. Go to a wine tasting, chocolatier, shops, drive-in, or any other fun activity you love doing together. Remember, it’s not about the activity or food: it’s about spending time with your spouse.

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Great idea about taking walks after supper. That’s a good way to talk in private and get in some exercise to boot! It probably sounds silly, but my husband I do a lot of hand-holding. It’s just something we’ve always done.

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