We launched Beating50Percent about 5 months ago! Whoa. During our launch, we held a giveaway and said we would fly one lucky couple out to hang with us in Bend for the weekend!!
So, last week we flew Josh and Jane Johnson from Maui to Bend, Oregon!
It was an amazing weekend full of random mutual connections, encouragement, great conversations, delicious dinners, sharing dreams and passions, and sunny days.
We laughed, closed down restaurants, joked abut each other’s quirks, and affirmed each other’s missions. During our time with them, they shared a date idea with us that we fell in love with, and wanted to share with you guys.
Idea – Progressive Dinner
Have any of you guys ever done a progressive dinner?!
Jer and I have never done one before, but for the Johnson’s, it’s a regular date-night occurrence, or weekend hang out with friends. A progressive dinner is an eye-opening way to explore a new town, or just have a memorable night in your own town!
Do you and your spouse ever disagree about where to do to dinner or drinks on date night? Well… problem solved! A progressive dinner allows you to go to all your favorite places AND have a 5-course meal in one night! The idea is to order small plates/appetizers to share, drinks, and dessert to share throughout the night. If you do it with friends (like we did) you can just trade off covering the bill at every other restaurant. Depending on what city you live in, you’ll end up spending around $60 for the night and you will have gone to 5 different spots! It’s so fun to bounce around, walk from place to place, and create a night you won’t forget with good friends or new friends.
We started with Chips & guac and margaritas at Hola, a Mexican food place downtown Bend. Then we walked over to Noi for some appetizers. Then hit up 900 Wall for some small plates and dessert. Ideally, you would go to a 4th and final place for dessert, however everywhere was closed by the time we wrapped up at 900 Wall, so we just finished it off there with dessert and a glass of wine. We loved out active, exciting, explorative, and fun our progressive dinner was! We took our time walking over to our next stop which was way more fun than just hunkering down at the same place all evening.
So, if you need a date night idea for this weekend, try a double date progressive dinner with some friends!
Have you ever done a progressive dinner before? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear more of your date ideas too!
A Beautiful Story of Faithfulness
Josh and Jane Johnson love the Lord and love each other. Their love is evident in how they laugh together, encourage each other in the little things, and make big sacrifices for one another in the big things. The Johnson’s have been married for 10 years. They are originally from Bend, OR! I know crazy right!??! But currently, they live in Maui, which is where they moved after Jane lost her best friend to stage 4 colon cancer.
These two have an incredible story, and it is our an honor to share it here.
They have been struggling with what Jane calls, “delayed-fertility,” for 9 years… and this last spring (right after we reached out to them about winning the giveaway), she got pregnant! You can read her tear-jerking miraculous announcement over on her blog.
But the story gets better… even after 9 YEARS of waiting, the Johnson’s never doubted that God would be faithful to give them a child. They clung to God’s promise of “not yet” and waiting faithfully and patiently. So faithfully and patiently that that believed they didn’t need to do anything to jump start God’s plan. They trusted that He would gift them with a child on His timing, and all they needed to do was patiently wait on Him. Even after 9 years of waiting in frustration and heartache, the Johnson’s never took matters into their own hands. They never went through infertility treatments, they simply trusted that God was big enough to be “the author of life” that He says He is.
Sure enough, ONE MONTH after we reached out to the Johnson’s announcing them as winners of the trip to Bend, Oregon, Jane texted me saying she’s pregnant! Turns out, they conceived their miracle baby in February, the same month as their 9th year anniversary of waiting. The baby is to be born the same month the Jane’s best friend passed away. Talk about divine timing. This kind of thing can only be ordained by God and the willing hearts of people who choose to wait on Him.
The Johnson’s chose steadfastness and diligent faithfulness even when circumstances seemed impossible. Waiting on the Lord is not easy, but it is always for our good.
“How did they do that?” – you might be asking (we did). Read the full story and more about their struggle with delayed fertility >>here.