First of all, we are changing the name of our Monday posts. It will be relevant to what we are posting about, but will still include our weekly “Mark Your Calendar” information.
Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year. This marks the 33rd one we have shared together. Wow. Time has gone by so quickly. We were talking this weekend about our life together before children and when each of our three were born. It seems like a lifetime ago – really, a completely different life. The relationship we share now is so much different than it was when we were busy raising a family.
We had all our children and grandchildren around for the entire week of Thanksgiving. It was full of laughter, dirty diapers, cooking without smelling up the house (our daughter is expecting her third baby in July!), wiping bottoms, bathing 2 and 4 year olds, building sand castles on the beach (yes, we can still do this in Florida in November), and eating until we felt as if we would bust. We even managed to get in a family photo shoot!
At the end of the week a stomach bug swept through the children one by one, leaving the mommies quite tired, and this Nana even more so. We ended the week with breakfast at Cracker Barrel on Saturday morning before our daughter and her family had to hit the road for Atlanta. It was bittersweet for sure!
The week also included Tom getting in a car accident. He is fine, but his car had to be towed. It may be two weeks before he gets it back, yet we are thankful he wasn’t hurt and that it wasn’t his fault! Bristol, our oldest granddaughter (4 yrs. old) had an accident on Thanksgiving day – she walked behind a cousin who was swinging and was hit hard sending her little body into the air where she landed on cement. Her nose wasn’t broken, but the egg on her forehead gave us huge cause for concern. We prayed and watched her closely for the next couple of hours. Within an hour her smile had returned, and we were certain she didn’t have a concussion – quite a miracle.
I sat next to her at breakfast on Saturday and said, “Bristol, it looks like you have a black-eye!”
To which she replied, “No Nana, my eyes are blue!” 🙂
Ah, her answer was so true. No matter the bruises life may send our way, it will never change the fact of who God has made us to be. Bristol knows without a doubt that God has made her eyes blue, and no black eye will ever change this in her mind.
Whatever you may be facing, remember who God has made you to be. Don’t let the bumps and bruises along the way define you or your marriage. Great advice from a 4 year old!
We also, found out on Friday that The Romantic Vineyard was nominated for the Top Ten Marriage Blog list for 2011. This is a humbling honor and privilege we don’t take lightly.
We absolutely love what Stu and Lisa Gray are doing for all marriages at The Stupendous Marriage Show. You’ll have to head over there by December 4th ti cast your vote for your favorite from the extensive list of 48 marriage blogs. Each person can vote only once per e-mail address, and the winner will be announced on December 5th. We are excited to see how many new bloggers are out there, but realize not all the blogs listed come from a Christian perspective. Stu opened the nominations for all marriage blogs, so read and browse with discernment.
Now to plan for the week ahead:
♥ Fun Dates To Celebrate ♥
- Red Planet Day – Mars is called the Red Planet, and is a great springboard for a fun date. Plan an evening at your local observatory, or pull out your own telescope for some romantic star, I mean Planet gazing. Be sure to snack on Mars bars too. You could even watch the classic movie, War of the Worlds, based on Orson Wells famous novel about an invasion from Mars.
- Electronic Greeting Card Day – send your spouse a special e-card telling them your thoughts of them on this day!
- Square Dance Day – Do you like to do-si-so? Then, kick up your heels and have a knee slapping good time!
December begins on Thursday. This month is designated as:
Write A Friend Month
- Eat A Red Apple Day – Why not bake a couple of nice juicy red apples and serve your sweetie a la mode!
- National Fritters Day – Fry up your favorite and feed them to each other. Yummm.
- Wear Brown Shoes Day – This sounds a bit boring, BUT try wearing nothing but those brown shoes for your spouse, and the possibilities suddenly become endless! What can “brown” do for you? 🙂
♥ Things To Do In Orlando ♥
Don’t forget the list of 100 things to do for the holidays. Make plans now for what you’ll do this month.
- Leu Gardens – Date Night in the Garden on Friday, December 2nd. Garden opens at 6p. Movie beings at 7:30p. This month’s feature: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
- Winter Park – Popcorn Flicks in the Park on Friday, December 2nd. 7p. How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Christmas Story will be shown. FREE.
- Winter Park – 33rd Annual Christmas in the Park on Thursday, December 1st. The 33rd annual lighting of century-old Tiffany windows in Central Park with a free outdoor concert of holiday favorites by the Bach Festival Society Choir and Brass Ensemble.
- New Smyrna Beach – Norwood’s Holiday Food & Wine Festival on Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd. See site for times and prices.
- Casselberry – Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 2nd. from 6p – 9p. FREE. Lake Concord Park. Includes a movie in the park of The Grinch.
- Clermont – Light Up Clermont on Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd. See sight for times and locations. FREE.