Category Archives: A Fragrant Aroma

Reflections On Our Time Away

Tom and I have been in the mountains of North Georgia since the beginning of the month. We’ve welcomed friends and family members, and another couple is due to arrive next week. It has been relaxing. It has been romantic. … Continue reading

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Have You Neglected This In Your Marriage?

Having Tom around all day everyday is great. His “Honey Do” list is actually getting shorter, and that’s a good thing. But it’s easy to take our time together for granted. I’ve noticed since he’s always here I don’t anticipate … Continue reading

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Live Like There’s No Tomorrow

It’s Monday. Traditionally a day when those who go back to work or back to school let out a sigh, a moan or a prayer–depending on how much joy you derive from your lot in life. What if today–on this … Continue reading

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A Dream Come True

It has been years in the making, but Debi’s dream has finally come true.  Together, we have sacrificed many things in the past twelve years, but it quickly became my dream to see her dream realized. She hesitated to post … Continue reading

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Joy In The Rhythm of Life

It is 11p. as I’m writing this post. We’ve had a busy day going our separate ways, doing the things we need to do. Tom had doctors appointments, phone calls about business opportunities, and an after dinner get together with … Continue reading

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Cherish.Love.Live.

This is the day we remember. This is the day we will never forget. It is the day when we hold our loved ones a bit closer. And pray to God more earnestly. We will never be what we were … 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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H.O.M.E.

We know that you know we’ve been gone for the past two weeks. We’ve spent more time apart than we have together, but now we’re… H.O.M.E. There is something special about walking into your home for the first time after … Continue reading

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Intimate Distance

  The title is an oxymoron we are living right now. I am in Atlanta and haven’t seen Tom for week. I won’t see him until late Friday night, and to say I miss him is a huge understatement. In … Continue reading

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A Moment I’ll Never Forget

Life offers a few endearing moments that take your breath away. It is when there are no words that adequately describe the depth of the emotion you’re feeling. Today was one of those days, and all I can do is … Continue reading

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365 Acts of Love

We have been following the quest of one husband to change the way he loves his wife. His goal is to show her 365 acts of love without her knowing of his quest. He documents what he does on a … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned About Marriage in 33 Years

Today is our 33rd wedding anniversary, and it is the fourth anniversary we’ve shared with you since beginning The Romantic Vineyard. We are grateful to have this platform to share what we’ve learned about marriage so far. We say “so … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma: A Realization and A Confession

I keep thinking that life is getting in the way of writing. BUT. Life is what I’m called to live. Writing is simply an outlet to share our life with others. Somehow I think I’ve switched the two. This is … Continue reading

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Our Sunday Open House

This weekend we were privileged to host a Bridal Shower (Saturday) and a Graduation Party (Sunday) in our home. We love doing this and have learned how to get our home ready to welcome visitors together as a team. We … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Our Naked Date Night

We did it. This has been on our minds to do for a long time and last night it happened. As we were getting out of the car, Tom said, “I’m leaving mine here, and I want you to leave … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Listen and Love

I am writing this post in a hurry. You see, my Mom called me on Wednesday morning saying she didn’t feel right – she was dizzy and her arms felt weak. I immediately asked her the stroke questions: What’s your … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – New Friends

When was the last time you made new friends? There is something invigorating about meeting with a new couple, sharing your story, hearing theirs and genuinely talking and listening from the heart. We had such an opportunity last weekend. Meet … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Don’t Flip When Romance Flops

Our pastor tells us often what people remember most about his Sunday messages is when he shares a personal story of how he’s messed up.  For some reason people resonate and find encouragement through the failures of others.  Not in … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Beauty in the Desert

I was born in Orlando.  I have never lived outside of the state of Florida.  I love the beach, and even if I am unable to go as often as I would like, just knowing it is there is a … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Listening

These “Fragrant Aroma” posts are intended to give you a glimpse into our lives and marriage in real time – this week to be exact.  And if I had to choose one word to describe our week it would be … Continue reading

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