Monthly Archives: August 2012

It’s Time – Contest Deadline Fast Approaching

We have had an ongoing contest this summer, and it’s been fun to see your creativity in sharing how many years you’ve been married. The contest deadline is fast approaching – Monday night at midnight. If you don’t remember the … Continue reading

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Why We Do The Things We Do

This is our 1,001st post. It is an appropriate time to remind ourselves of something very important. We have had the privilege of having the same pastor for most of our married life. He and his wife are two of … Continue reading

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Our 1,000th Post!

It’s true. It came upon us so suddenly and yet, it does seem a long time since we began this blogging journey with all of you in our vineyard. We have laughed. We have cried. We have been encouraged. And … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Avoid Suspicion In Marriage

Suspicion is a helpful tool when you’re trying to solve a murder mystery–everyone is suspect. But when suspicion hits close to home it can actually cause great harm in a  relationship. We live in a culture of suspicion. Politicians are … Continue reading

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United In Pros[e] and Cons

We are privileged to be a part of the Christian Marriage Bloggers Association. It is amazing to meet so many like-minded couples who desire to see marriages become all God intended them to be. We are all in this together, … Continue reading

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Romantic St. Augustine, FL

Guest blogger Allie Olsen of Simply St.Augustine hopes you’ll have one of your most romantic getaways ever in the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida! Before you go, like Simply St. Augustine on facebook and follow on twitter @SimplyStAug As … Continue reading

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Romantic Orlando: Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is Sea World’s all-inclusive park that is limited to only 1,000 guests per day. I took Tom there for his birthday Monday, and we had the best time! A friend told us it felt like you were at … Continue reading

Posted in Anniversaries, Birthdays, Celebration Dates, Celebrations, Christian Marriage, Date Night Ideas, Orlando Date Ideas, Outdoor Dates, Romantic Orlando, Summer Sizzlin' Dates | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

I Choose Us

It was one of those date nights where you think it’s normal and predictable, but I was soon to learn otherwise. Tom and I had decided to watch a movie at home, something we rarely do on date nights because … Continue reading

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God Is Always Listening

We love hearing testimonies of God’s love and grace in the marriages of friends and acquaintances. God is always at work in our marriage helping us grow more in love with Him and each other, yet we often forget His … Continue reading

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When Your Feelings And Convictions Don’t Agree

We’ve all faced seasons where we don’t feel like doing what we know we should. Our convictions may be clear, but our desire to stick to them may fluctuate on any given day. Here are some scenarios to help you … Continue reading

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Creative Date Ideas

Maybe you cringe whenever you hear the word creative because you simply aren’t creative in any sense of the word. Well, I have good news for you–you don’t have to be creative in order to have a creative date because … Continue reading

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Cheap Date Ideas

There was a time in my life when I would have taken offense at being called a “cheap date.” But once you’re married with small children, teenagers or without a job, a cheap date is a grateful option and becomes … Continue reading

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9 Celebration Date Ideas

Does your spouse have a birthday coming up soon? Mine does; Tom’s birthday is on Saturday, and I’m excited to celebrate yet another year of his life. A kindness from God we can easily take for granted. I would love … Continue reading

Posted in Anniversaries, Birthdays, Celebration Dates, Celebrations, Christian Marriage, Date Night Ideas, Romance in Marriage, romancing your spouse | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

11 Artsy Date Ideas

We were taking a fresh look at The Romantic Vineyard recently and realized we have more Date Night Idea categories than we’ve posted about. This is due to the fact that Debi was extremely excited when we first started to … Continue reading

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Closings

Tonight the Olympics will broadcast the closing ceremony of the 30th Olympiad, and I’m sure it’s going to be worth watching. Imagine the thoughts of the athletes who won a medal? This closing is the end of a long training … Continue reading

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A Truth To Cling To

Good Morning, Most of you will be gathering with your local church to worship the God we love and serve. What a privilege it is to know His Wondrous Love. This is what makes the difference in a marriage devoted … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

Yes, it’s been awhile since we’ve had time to read other blogs, much less post about them for you! Sorry. This is what happens when your world is turned upside-down. Thankfully, our feet have landed, and we’re getting our bearings … Continue reading

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Re-Employment Update

As you know Tom no longer has a job. We went away to the mountains of North Carolina last week to be alone and mostly to listen. Tom prayed. I prayed. We prayed together and read God’s Word. It was … Continue reading

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A Huge Slip Flop

It was bound to happen. Olympians are, after all only humans. But oh, to be the one to whom it happens–embarrassing to say the least! German Diver, Stephen Feck slipped as he was launching off the board and ended up … Continue reading

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Back To The Basics – Works

They run because it is the fastest way out of poverty in their country. The Kenyan Olympic team uses basic methods that produce olympic results. The residents of Iten is well-known as the “Home of Champions.” And there is good … Continue reading

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