Category Archives: Purpose

21 Day Fix For Marriage

Three Weeks.  Three weeks pass quickly, especially when you’re on an extended vacation. Ah! Doesn’t a three week cruise sound wonderful? But it’s not happening for us and probably not for you either. <sigh> But three weeks really does go … Continue reading

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What Marriage Is And Isn’t To Us

Today is our 36th anniversary–3 dozen years! It’s been quite the journey, and we couldn’t be more grateful to God who has made it all possible. In 36 years we’ve learned about what marriage is and what it isn’t. If … 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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The Holy Spirit Is Like A Hurricane

Consider this metaphor – The Holy Spirit is like a hurricane over the waters stirring up the winds of passion and thanksgiving.  The waters are swelling higher and higher as the anticipation of God’s nearness becomes a reality to weary … Continue reading

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Marriage Is Only A Shadow

This newly married husband shares a toast at his wedding reception that accurately communicates the beauty of marriage. If all couples had this mindset on their wedding day, there would be no divorce.

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Our 4th Blogiversary!

Have you ever had expectations for the future and then have them not play out in the way you had hoped or dreamed? I’m afraid in the current environment this has become much more the norm for many of us. … 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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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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Love Does Not Boast

Today our focus is on one thing love is not – boastful.  Boasting is a manifestation of pride, and pride concerns itself with self – not others.  We can’t truly love our spouse if we are boasting in our selves … 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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Tag You’re I.T.

I.T. stands for Indeed Thankful, and as we are now only two days away from our 3rd blogiversary, we wanted to take time to thank the people who have helped The Romantic Vineyard become what it is today. If you are … Continue reading

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Faithful In All Seasons

When we first said, “I do,” it was easy to be faithful in all things, because our love was fresh and new. We were like the leaves on the vine in spring. There was promise of life to come and … Continue reading

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Feeling Down In The Valley?

There is something about a vineyard that holds a charm for us like no other place in the world.  We have had the privilege of visiting vineyards in France, Canada and our own Napa Valley.  Each one has perfected a … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Our 7 Links Challenge

We want to thank Janine Ripper, of the Reflections From A Redhead blog for inviting us to take part in the 7 Links Challenge as hosted on @tripbase. The idea is to post 7 links according to their preset categories.  Since … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons We Blog

Ah, We’ve made it to the end of our first ever Ultimate Blog Challenge, and it has been a whirlwind of a ride.  It wasn’t as hard as we anticipated, and we learned so much along the way, not to … Continue reading

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Bursting With Joy

Have you ever felt so full of joy you felt as if you would bust?  I’m so there!  Yesterday was a memorable day for many reasons…

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A Special Month

It’s July.  The seventh month of 2011.  In this month we will celebrate: Our nation’s 235th birthday Tom’s Dad’s 80th birthday Two of our grandchildren’s 2nd birthdays My 52nd birthday. If miles were years this month would would be my … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Honor Where Honor Is Due

  It was Sunday night when the doorbell rang.  The first of our family arriving to celebrate my Mom’s 89th birthday.  We gathered together spur of the moment because my sister was in town. Everyone had full schedules, so we … Continue reading

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Bud Break

You may think “Bud Break” is just a beer served during Spring Break on the beach, but you would be wrong. Bud Break is the term used in the vineyard when the first signs of spring arrive.  It is when … Continue reading

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Voting Ends Today!

We haven’t talked too much about the Top 10 Marriage Blog nomination because the Bible says clearly “let another praise you and not your own mouth.”  But we do want to communicate the effect being named on such a list … Continue reading

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