Monthly Archives: March 2011

10 Hindrances To Cultivating A Romantic Vineyard

#10 – Critical Judgments Today marks our final hindrance to cultivating a romantic vineyard, and it is so common many couples may not even realize how this is effecting their marriage.  Critical judgments as opposed to charitable judgments are like … Continue reading

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T.A.X.I.N.G.

This is a great picture that captures our week so far.  Since it was raining Monday night, we played a fun game of Scrabble for our weekly date night.  I love Scrabble, but Tom doesn’t, and he won’t usually play … Continue reading

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Eradicate or Irrigate?

Last Saturday morning we were babysitting one of our grandchildren.  Tom made eggs for her – very sweet.  Then, he made breakfast for himself – yes, he loves to cook.  Finally, he sat down to enjoy it. About this time … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

This is the last week of March – hard to believe isn’t it?  It’s a great time to assess how we’re doing with our New Year goals.  It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the new year – … Continue reading

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Project Simplify – Week 3

This week our hot spot was to organize our children’s toys and clothes.  Since my youngest is 24, I didn’t think I qualified for this hot spot, until I took a good look at my four grandchildren’s playroom!  It’s funny … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Honor Where Honor Is Due

  It was Sunday night when the doorbell rang.  The first of our family arriving to celebrate my Mom’s 89th birthday.  We gathered together spur of the moment because my sister was in town. Everyone had full schedules, so we … Continue reading

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10 Hindrances To Cultivating A Romantic Vineyard

#9 – Busyness   A few years ago Tom took me away for a romantic night alone without the kids.  It was an unexpected blessing, but he made a few stipulations as we were driving away from home. “Here’s the … Continue reading

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Bud Break

You may think “Bud Break” is just a beer served during Spring Break on the beach, but you would be wrong. Bud Break is the term used in the vineyard when the first signs of spring arrive.  It is when … Continue reading

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A Bon Voyage Party

Today we want to throw a Bon Voyage party in our Vineyard!  We are rejoicing with a friend who has begun TODAY to do something God has wanted her to do.  We’ve all been there – hearing God speak, even … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

  What an amazing weekend;  We attended the Sex Matters Conference held at our church – Metro Life in Casselberry, FL.  It was full of rich reminders the gift sex is to us as couples, and even more the reminder … Continue reading

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Project Simplify – Week 2

  This week’s challenge was a real bear – Paper Clutter.  He’s been hibernating in my home for too long, so I firmly told him it was Spring, and he would have to go!  I’m happy to say I had … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Sex Matters

We are attending a conference this weekend by C.C.E.F (Christian Counseling Educational Foundation), a group committed to helping Christians learn how to both receive and give biblical counsel.  We have had the privilege several times to attend these seminars, and … Continue reading

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10 Hindrances To Cultivating A Romantic Vineyard

#8 – Friendships Can you imagine a vineyard owner who worked hard all year to produce great wine that he never enjoyed himself?  He painstakingly goes through all the necessary steps to make a great product and gives it all … Continue reading

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Constrained or Compromised?

Driving down the road they stand as deformed sentinels declaring to everyone, “I was here first!”  Yet progress moves forward without regard for the hows, whys or who’s in the way.  I’m talking about beautiful trees mutilated by the onslaught … Continue reading

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Blessings

  We sing songs asking God to bless our family, bless our travels and bless our country.  But do we really recognize all the blessings when they come to us?  What about when they’re hidden in painful circumstances or unanswered … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

  First of all – be sure to check out our Romantic St. Patrick’s Day Ideas under the Husbands and Wives Only tabs above.  St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday and is a fun way to show your spouse some … Continue reading

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Project Simplify – Week 1

By the skin of my teeth!  Talk about waiting until the eleventh hour! I decided to do this challenge because a really good friend was doing it, and I thought it would be a good way to hold each other … Continue reading

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We Have A Winner!

  First of all, we want to thank you ALL for taking part in this challenge.  By the stories shared, it’s obvious to see you’re getting it!  You are noticing those everyday moments and pausing long enough to enjoy them.  … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Orange Blossoms

  I had a moment this past week, which was an unexpected blessing.  We had been at a friend’s home celebrating the engagement of their daughter.  The sun had set as we were gathering our things to leave.  Opening the … Continue reading

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10 Hindrances to Cultivating A Romantic Vineyard

#7 – Selfishness In a Vineyard it is imperative that everyone do the job they are called to do, as well as help out others when they are under pressure or falling behind. This is necessary for the obvious reason … Continue reading

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