Monthly Archives: April 2013

15+ Tips For Great Communication In Marriage

We had a reader ask us if we would post some tips on how to have healthy communication in your marriage. What a lofty goal to put such wise advice into our daily Healthy Marriage Tips. So we’ve decided it … Continue reading

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Is Your Spouse A Prisoner Of Your Expectations?

Imagine you’re having a conversation with your spouse when something doesn’t quite sit right with you. You ask your spouse a question to clarify what you heard them say. They don’t respond right away. There is, what we call, a … Continue reading

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Joining The Conversation Of Other Marriage Bloggers

We want to “Join The Conversation,” from time to time of other marriage bloggers that we respect. We are part of a greater community called the Christian Marriage Bloggers Association (CMBA), and there is a wealth of wisdom being shared … Continue reading

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GYRO Week 11 – Drive-In Movie Night

I know we don’t normally encourage a movie night for a date, even at home, but this one is different. The idea is to pick a really bad, B-rated movie. Believe me, they’re out there. I found one site that … Continue reading

Posted in Cheap Dates, Christian Marriage, Creative Dates, D.R.A.B., Date Night Ideas, Dating Your Spouse, Free Dates, Fun Dates, GYRO Challenge, Movie Dates, Outdoor Dates, Romance in Marriage, romantic date nights | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

The Grey Havens

“Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the … Continue reading

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Meet The Gardners

Have you ever heard your spouse talk about someone over and over, but never had the chance to meet them? Someone they had met before you were together? You’ve heard so much about them that it’s almost like you know … Continue reading

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Are You Confusing The Muscles Of Your Marriage?

We visited our daughter’s church yesterday in Marietta Square. Her pastor shared a metaphor we think applies well to marriage. He said that when you exercise, if you keep doing the same routine week after week eventually your muscles will … Continue reading

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GYRO Week 10 – No Electricity Night

We are in North Carolina this week and had the opportunity to be on the Blue Ridge Parkway late one night. We stopped at an overlook point and turned off the car so we could gaze at the stars. It … Continue reading

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Weeping For Boston

The following is our son, Jason’s, third guest post. He is becoming so popular we may just have to keep him as our Thursday feature. Today’s post is sobering to say the least–it had this Mama crying, as it very … Continue reading

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Confessions Of A Marriage Blogging Wife

My friend, Kate, who writes the One Flesh Marriage Blog along with her husband, Brad, started a challenge to all marriage bloggers. It is to write out 10 confessions of what your life really looks like on a daily basis. … Continue reading

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6 Date Ideas To Help Build Marriage Friendships

Most times when we think of a romantic evening, it’s just for the two of us. But there are times when it is fun to invite your closest married friends over for a nice evening  together. And if you don’t … Continue reading

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Sexpectations

Winston Smith with Christian Counseling Education Foundation shares some excellent points in the following video regarding the expectations you may have in your marriage, especially in your sexual intimacy. I’ve often said sex is a barometer of how our marriage … Continue reading

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Bud Break In The Vineyard

We are away with good friends for a weekend of laughter, good food and great conversation. Spring has just begun in North Carolina, which makes the weather perfect for being outdoors. We had a picnic today at a beautiful winery … Continue reading

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Romance 101 from the Huxtables

Today we have a treat for you. I was on the computer last night when I happened to see that J with the Hot, Holy and Humorous blog had just uploaded a video from The Cosby Show. I was the … Continue reading

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GYRO Week 9 – Spouse Appreciation Night

This date is a great way to let your spouse know all the things you love and appreciate about them. Start by making a list of those things you appreciate most about your spouse.  It has been said, “what we … Continue reading

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I Don’t Need Hot Sauce Running Into My Eyes

Welcome our son, Jason, if you didn’t already know it was him by the title! 🙂 I wonder what the world would be like if humans had their mouths connected directly to their brains—right in the center of the forehead. … Continue reading

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Don’t Ditch Your Marriage!

It all happened a few years ago when we were on a business trip in Detroit. We happened to pass by an apple orchard. Since I’m from Florida, I had never seen an orchard during harvest time, and I was … Continue reading

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How’s The Climate In Your Marriage?

Have you ever been to Savannah, GA? Some of our good friends are there right now resting after the marriage of their daughter (and last one to leave home) on Saturday. I got a text from her saying how beautiful … Continue reading

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The How’s And Why’s Of Desperate Prayer

We have heard it said that when trouble is weighing heavily on you that this is an indication of the need for more prayer. If you haven’t completely left it at the foot of the Cross, then stay in prayer … Continue reading

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Oh Happy Day

Friday I was working in the kitchen when I heard a knock on the front door. I opened the door only to find my two granddaughter’s Bristol (5) and Willow (3) standing there all alone with big smiles on their … Continue reading

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