Tag Archives: Christmas

Keeping It Real This Christmas–Can You Relate?

My house is a mess. I am decorating for Christmas, but there are demands keeping me from finishing it all at once. Oh sure, I’ve posted photos on Instagram zoomed in where it appears my home is picture perfect, but it’s not. It … Continue reading

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Tired But Happy

It’s a week before Christmas, and our house is busy, busy, busy–wiping noses, changing diapers, playing crash, coloring, blowing bubbles and such. All 6 of our grandchildren are here through Christmas–yea! We have gingerbread houses to decorate, cookies to bake, … Continue reading

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‘Twas A Christmas To Remember

I’ve written the following poem for your enjoyment, but in addition, we believe it displays a possible reason many who read our blog struggle to romance their spouse in big and special ways. However, romance is much more than the … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day – Hype or Help?

I can’t count the number of couples I talk to who choose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They say it’s just another day where Hallmark, florists and chocolate companies are trying to get us to give them what’s in our … Continue reading

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On Patience

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, and the lack of it exhibits a resistance to the Spirit in the particular situation you’re facing. We did an entire series on what Love Is, and it included a post about Patience … Continue reading

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The Christmas Pool

Today we want to share with you a very special metaphor about the meaning of Christmas as told by Thomas Kinkade – the famous “Painter of Light”.  This is a perfect story to share on Christmas Day as you gather … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye

Before we went to sleep last night Tom said to wake him if I needed to. I did, at 3:30a. You see on Monday my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a short time to live. Her response … Continue reading

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Keeping Our Focus Where It Should Be

Christmas season is upon us, and it’s easy to neglect the reason for the season. John Piper has compiled a free e-book devotional for each day of Advent that we believe will greatly help all who use it. What a … Continue reading

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With A Thankful Heart

We want to pause today and thank God for the amazing privilege it is to do what we do. We thank Him for you. He has given us much, and we love sharing our abundance with others as our way … Continue reading

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A New Week – A New Series

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a series, so we thought we’d offer a new one for you beginning tomorrow. The inspiration for this series was Debi spending 2 1/2 weeks with our daughter’s family following the birth of their … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas And A Healthy New Year

It is Christmas Day, and only one week remains in 2011. A New Year will soon be here, and we will begin to walk out what God has planned for each of us in our lives and marriages. Change is … Continue reading

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First Place Winner!

And now it is time to reveal our First Place Winner in our B.I.G. Christmas Giveaway Contest.  Drum roll, please… David Traugott, husband to Kelly Traugott is our winner! Below is his winning entry. Note the secret message embedded in … Continue reading

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Romantic Sleigh Ride – Florida Style

When Tom got home from work yesterday he asked if I would get the mail. When I opened the door going into our garage – I screamed! There, parked in Tom’s space was a silver convertible! I found out he … Continue reading

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But.

  It is Christmas. I have only wrapped a handful of gifts, and they are the ones I’ve already given away. Underneath our tree sits a lonely tree skirt. I have finished our Christmas cards, and they have been sent. … Continue reading

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A Heart To Bless

Our B.I.G. Christmas Giveaway Contest has proved to be our best contest ever. Thank you to all who took the time to share with us your stories and your heart to bless your spouse for Christmas. We wish we could … Continue reading

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Hindrances To A Merry Christmas #4 – Regret

Regret is a powerful master. It can hinder our best intentions, and it can paralyze our future. It invades every thought and deed and all the while robs us of the joy there is in doing good to others. What … Continue reading

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Hindrances To A Merry Christmas #2 – Lack

In our possession driven society it is easy to be very aware of our lack when it comes to Christmas. We may lack the funds to buy what our children want most on their list. We may not be able … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss The Good Part

It is the last day of November. Tomorrow, like it or not, the Christmas season will be in high gear. I love to decorate our home for Christmas. In fact, I love to decorate our house for all the seasons … Continue reading

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Mark Your Christmas

Each year Christmas arrives right on time – it doesn’t matter if you’re ready; it doesn’t matter if you’re finished with all your shopping.  It comes on December 25th, and it’s about the only day most stores are closed. I … Continue reading

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Starting Romantic Traditions

Many of our readers have been married less than 5 years. It takes time and planning to start romantic traditions and diligence to keep them. Over the past 30 years we have had traditions that didn’t stick and some that … Continue reading

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