Monthly Archives: August 2011

Romance Isn’t Always Romantic

We recently visited our good friends in Charlotte, N.C. who sadly moved there the end of last year.  We still haven’t adjusted to life without them in Orlando.  This visit was our first to see them in their new home. … Continue reading

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Our Thoughts Exactly

Today as I was driving I heard a new song by Steven Curtis Chapman titled, Do Everything.  It has an upbeat tempo, but it’s the words that make this song so powerful.  The reason we do the things we do … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

It’s hard to believe Thursday is September!  For those of you who live in Orlando you’ll be happy to know that September is Magical Dining Month.  With many of the tourists returning home for the start of another school year … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Greeting Hurricane Irene

Last night we hopped in our car and headed to New Smyrna Beach to pay a quick visit to see Irene.  We were surprised to see how quick she blew in.  Friends who make a habit of barging in unannounced … Continue reading

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Water Into Wine – Proverbs 16

The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:21,24 Last week we began talking about anger and it’s effect … Continue reading

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How To Encourage When Facing Discouraging Times

This is a hard one for many couples.  Especially if the discouraging times are affecting you both.  But.  We mustn’t forget the third person in our marriage – the Lord.  He is capable of lifting our spirits out of the … Continue reading

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Romantic Orlando – Park Avenue, Winter Park

It holds a place in my heart like no other location in Orlando. Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park My earliest memory of this street was when I was six years old.  My Mom took me there to go through … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

We are home!  I slept so sound last night I didn’t even dream.  For those of you who know me this is a big deal!  I dream every night and in full color.  Sometimes my dreams are so real that … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Meet The Cowan’s

You may remember a video clip we shared with you back in February of 2010 of an elderly couple playing a beautiful grand piano in the atrium of The Mayo Clinic.  Or perhaps you have seen it for yourself on … Continue reading

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Water Into Wine – Proverbs 15

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1 If there has ever been one verse to perfectly capture my husband’s heart for life, marriage and parenting – it would be this verse.  He … Continue reading

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Feeling Down In The Valley?

There is something about a vineyard that holds a charm for us like no other place in the world.  We have had the privilege of visiting vineyards in France, Canada and our own Napa Valley.  Each one has perfected a … Continue reading

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Romantic Orlando – The Ravenous Pig

I have to admit that when Tom told me he was taking me out for a nice dinner at The Ravenous Pig, I was less than enthused. “I’m not in the mood for BBQ,” I told him. He said, “Good, … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

This is a special week for me.  It’s Tom’s birthday on Thursday.  I am excited to bless this man with whom I have shared every birthday of his since 1979.  He was 23, and I was 18.  We have celebrated … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Our 7 Links Challenge

We want to thank Janine Ripper, of the Reflections From A Redhead blog for inviting us to take part in the 7 Links Challenge as hosted on @tripbase. The idea is to post 7 links according to their preset categories.  Since … Continue reading

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Water Into Wine – Proverbs 14

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4 This verse makes us smile every time we read it.  God is saying if you want to bear much … Continue reading

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The Jacket Fit Perfectly, Like A Hug

Today we share with you a story from a very special friend – Jodie Gill.  She has been used of God to encourage me so many times.  She tends to find herself in places which surprise even her; places where … Continue reading

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Rainbow’s End Date Night

We’ve all heard of it – the ‘pot o’ gold’ waiting to be claimed at the end of the rainbow.  Wouldn’t it be nice if it were possible to travel to such a place to find our heart’s desire?  With … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

Today begins our first full week knowing our favorite smooth jazz radio station is gone. F.O.R.E.V.E.R.  WLOQ has been a local favorite for 34 years.  It was owned by one family who decided it was time to sell for medical … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

So, here are the posts of other marriage bloggers which stood out as “special” to us.  Take some time over the weekend to read and enjoy.  @Awesome Husbands 100 Ways To Love Your Wife – a new blog we are … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Final Gift

We attended the funeral of a lifelong friend’s mother on Monday.  It was expected, as she had been declining for weeks.  She was 89 and had lived a full, vibrant life.  Her children and grandchildren shared their thoughts and memories … Continue reading

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