Monthly Archives: December 2011

A New Year Challenge

I’m breaking my week off  from blogging commitment to share with you a challenge in which I’m participating. I thought you might like to know about it too. It’s called: 31 Days To Pray For Your Spouse Challenge And it … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas And A Healthy New Year

It is Christmas Day, and only one week remains in 2011. A New Year will soon be here, and we will begin to walk out what God has planned for each of us in our lives and marriages. Change is … Continue reading

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First Place Winner!

And now it is time to reveal our First Place Winner in our B.I.G. Christmas Giveaway Contest.  Drum roll, please… David Traugott, husband to Kelly Traugott is our winner! Below is his winning entry. Note the secret message embedded in … Continue reading

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2nd Place Winner

The 2nd place prize is a $100 Visa Gift Card to use for a night away. Again, we are keeping this one anonymous because she is planning to give it as a Christmas present. Congratulations! Here is her winning entry: … Continue reading

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3rd Place Winner

This entry was chosen and will stay anonymous because we don’t know if he is planning to give the prize as a Christmas present or not.  🙂 Where do I start? First and foremost, she is mother to our children.  She … Continue reading

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My Wife

As most of you know, we recently had a B.I.G. Christmas Giveaway Contest. The response was the best we’ve ever had – and understandably so. Our prize was BIG, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. The entries were … Continue reading

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Romantic Sleigh Ride – Florida Style

When Tom got home from work yesterday he asked if I would get the mail. When I opened the door going into our garage – I screamed! There, parked in Tom’s space was a silver convertible! I found out he … Continue reading

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Time In A Bottle Date

If you haven’t heard Jim Croce‘s famous song, Time In A Bottle. Take a moment to listen to it below: One of the best gifts of marriage is being able to enjoy God’s creation together, whether it’s on exotic trips … Continue reading

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But.

  It is Christmas. I have only wrapped a handful of gifts, and they are the ones I’ve already given away. Underneath our tree sits a lonely tree skirt. I have finished our Christmas cards, and they have been sent. … Continue reading

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Be Generous

It may seem unnecessary to encourage generosity during THE season for giving, but my encouragement is to draw your attention to a blogging friend who does this very well. Meet Lori Byerly, of The Generous Wife blog. She is an … Continue reading

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So, Where’s Your Focus?

Debi’s post yesterday touched on having spiritual myopia – that is being near-sighted to where we miss seeing what’s most important. Have you ever taken a picture where the camera failed to focus on the what you wanted it to … Continue reading

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10 Questions To Diagnose Your Marital Health

We are currently reading Donald Whitney’s book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, and I must tell you, it is encouraging, convicting and compelling. I find myself responding to what I read in the way I believe the author … Continue reading

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Romantic Orlando – Antonio’s Italian Cafe and Market

Our next offering in our Romantic Orlando series is one of the places we frequent on our weekly Monday date nights. Antonio’s Italian Cafe and Market. Antonio’s has been in business in the city of Maitland, since 1989. It has … Continue reading

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A Heart To Bless

Our B.I.G. Christmas Giveaway Contest has proved to be our best contest ever. Thank you to all who took the time to share with us your stories and your heart to bless your spouse for Christmas. We wish we could … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

It is time once again for our “Specials of the Week!” Enjoy… Encourage Your Spouse Have Courage – Be A Support – I love history, and Lori does an excellent job of telling a story from which we can glean … Continue reading

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Hindrances To A Merry Christmas #4 – Regret

Regret is a powerful master. It can hinder our best intentions, and it can paralyze our future. It invades every thought and deed and all the while robs us of the joy there is in doing good to others. What … Continue reading

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Hindrances To A Merry Christmas #3 – Injury

Today we are privileged to have a guest post written by our friend, Lori D. Lowe, marriage blogger at Marriage Gems and author of First Kiss to Lasting Bliss: Hope & Inspiration for Your Marriage, due out TODAY. It’s a … Continue reading

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Hindrances To A Merry Christmas #2 – Lack

In our possession driven society it is easy to be very aware of our lack when it comes to Christmas. We may lack the funds to buy what our children want most on their list. We may not be able … Continue reading

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Hindrances To A Merry Christmas #1 – Grieving

This series came about quite by accident on our part, but we’re certain it was planned by God all along. Every year there are thousands of people who dread the Christmas season. It is a heightened time for many emotional … Continue reading

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B.I.G. Christmas Giveaway Announcement!

A generous donor has given us a B.I.G. Christmas Giveaway to offer you – our readers! We are very excited to share with you the details, and we hope you’ll be as excited to enter to win. This would be … Continue reading

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