Whom God Has Made You To Be

Mon Amour Photography

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!

Our daughter's family by Mon Amour Photography

Our son's family by Mon Amour Photography

Our Daughter - by Mon Amour Photography

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!” 🙂

Bristol Blue Eyes

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 ♥

November 28

  • 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.

November 29

  • 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:

Bingo Month

Write A Friend Month

December 1

  • Eat A Red Apple Day – Why not bake a couple of nice juicy red apples and serve your sweetie a la mode!

December 2

December 4

  • 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.



  • Clermont – Light Up Clermont on Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd. See sight for times and locations. FREE.

About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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7 Responses to Whom God Has Made You To Be

  1. Stephanie says:

    I loved seeing your photos!!! Thanks for all you do to support christian marriages! My husband and I have been married 20 years in May so we aren’t where you guys are yet but hopefully someday we too will have the pleasure of grown kids and grandkids!!!!!


    • Debi Walter says:

      Thanks for commenting. We’ve always heard the grandkids are the BEST. And now that we have four with a fifth on the way, we couldn’t agree more. Seeing those little faces light up when you enter a room is priceless! And congratulations on almost 20 years! The time from now until you get to where we are (33 years in Feb.) goes really fast. So enjoy every moment you have together.


  2. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful way to start my monday morning, sitting down after the chores with a cup of coffee to read your blog. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.


  3. It’s funny how much I catch up with you by reading your blog, especially when we both have our family in town. Love the pictures and I’m so glad Bristol is okay.


  4. Sharon O says:

    Wonderful family photos… so glad both your grand daughter and your husband is ok. wow both could have been serious injuries. God is good.


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