482: PLAN THE PERFECT VACATION

“Never go on trips with someone you do not love.” —Ernest Hemingway

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What are your expectations for your upcoming vacation? All of us have them. The more you plan, save for, use vacation days, the more attached you are to your expectations. But most people don’t communicate with their spouse.

Maybe you want to splurge on some excursions and make the most of your time away. Maybe you want to spend quality downtime with your spouse reading together. Or maybe you want to be so active you crash each night filled with memories. Perhaps your spouse wants some time away from the kids.

481: OUR MARRIAGE VOWS PART 2 — TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

“And it’s still true, no matter how old you are, when you go into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.” —Robert Fulghum

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In the series “Our Marriage Vows” we are stripping away all of the circumstantial topics that get put onto marriages, and diving deep into the core of what marriage is. Maybe you’re like Alisa who, on her wedding day, said her vows as a formality — because she was excited to get to the good stuff — the party. What she has realized and wishes she knew then was the vows WERE the “good stuff”.

In Part 2 – “To Have and To Hold”, we focus on the physical unity that is established and upheld in marriage. Both sexual and non-sexual touch, our bodies are to be given to our spouse in a unique way that doesn’t exist outside of marriage.

479: OUR MARRIAGE VOWS PART 1 — I TAKE YOU

“People with good intentions make promises. People with good character keep them.” —Anonymous

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In the series “Our Marriage Vows” we are stripping away all of the circumstantial topics that get put onto marriages, and diving deep into the core of what marriage is. Maybe you’re like Alisa who, on her wedding day, said her vows as a formality — because she was excited to get to the good stuff — the party. What she has realized and wishes she knew then was the vows WERE the “good stuff”.

In Part 1 – “I Take You”, we focus on how the words we speak in our vows are a covenant predicated upon two names: yours and your spouse’s. No one, and nothing else is listed on the covenant. We get into trouble as we go through years of marriage and add in other activities, people, and relationships. The only one you vowed before God to be committed to is your spouse.

470: WHAT COLOR IS YOUR UNDERWEAR

“The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you.”Coco Chanel

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When we first got married, our underwear was nude, white, or black. It was functional and plentiful, but we didn’t give much thought to how to use color to romance our spouse.

We’re so glad that has changed.