Author Archives: Tom and Debi

Happy Hour – #73

Normally our Happy Hour posts include lots of links to other marriage blogs we believe are worth your time to read and apply in your marriage. But today we are featuring only one post, and it’s not from a marriage … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

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We Interrupt This Blog Post To Introduce…

Our newest grandchild (#6) was born last night at 6:05p. Our daughter-in-love is doing well. So much so that they dropped by our house last night at 11p. so we could meet the little guy face-to-face. Pardon our absence, but … Continue reading

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Caption It

How would you caption the following photo? Today we have a post featured on the Engaged Marriage blog. We encourage you to click over and read our challenge for the end of summer. It’s sure to help you and your spouse in … Continue reading

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25+ Ways To Bless Your Spouse When You’re Expecting

There is nothing that changes the dynamic of your marriage so quickly as hearing these two words: We’re pregnant! Within days the morning sickness (or all day sickness, in some cases) kicks in and the wife is taken out of her … Continue reading

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Recharging Your Date Nights

We all know what it’s like to have our cell phone, camera or tablet die on us right when we need it most. This can happen to our date nights too if we’re not careful. Imagine life has gotten too … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar Is Back!

Happy Monday! We hope your holiday weekend was one full of special times and great memories together as a couple and with friends and family. We asked you if you missed our Mark Your Calendar posts each Monday, and we … Continue reading

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Secret Message Summer Dating Challenge

NOTE: Don’t miss the form at the end of this post. We’re gathering some info that will help us plan for the future. Thanks! Friday was officially the first day of summer, and it’s a great time to add a … Continue reading

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Barefoot Cabin

Barefoot Cabin is set on one acre of easily accessible land at an elevation of 4200′. We are located conveniently between Sugar Mountain Ski Resort and Beech Mountain Ski Resort. Offering 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, it’s perfect for family … Continue reading

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Expect-cations

You may have never put these two words together, but most likely you pack them both when heading out the door for your family get-away: Expectations and vacations. They seem to go hand in hand. But is this a good … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday

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Being One In Purpose ON Purpose

We  have dear friends over at Marriage Missions International who are also members of The Christian Marriage Bloggers Association with us. Their website is full of biblical wisdom regarding every issue concerning marriage. They have been doing this for well … Continue reading

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Stomping Good News!

As I type this post we are sitting in a place we have dreamed would happen—one day. For the past couple of months we have been looking for a mountain cabin to purchase to make available for couples and families … Continue reading

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GYRO Week 13 – Get Lucky Date Night

Everyone knows the number 13 is thought to be bad luck. Hotels skip  numbering a floor with it which has never made sense to me. Just because you choose to go from floor #12 to floor #14 doesn’t mean the … Continue reading

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GYRO Week 12 – Cinco de Mayo es Romantico

Here’s our GYRO Date night idea reposted from May, 5, 2010.  We’re a couple days late – sorry. Hopefully you can still make time to celebrate this Mexican National holiday! Ole! Since today is Cinco de Mayo – the Mexican … 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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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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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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What Weddings Can Help Us See

Today we have the privilege of witnessing the vows of our life-long friends’ daughter. It is a day to celebrate, because on this day her parents will receive the reward from their years of investment in her life. As he … Continue reading

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