Jazzed In Sanford This Saturday!

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The first Saturday of the month from November to May, Sanford hosts a free event called, “Jazzed In Sanford”.  It takes place in Magnolia Square from 4 – 7p.  Afterward you can enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants located downtown.  This month they are featuring Christian Tamburr, a 27 year old native of Melbourne who is internationally known for his musical talents, especially playing his instrument of choice, the vibraphone. Check out this performance from last summer at UCF:

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Taste Of Romance

About a year and a half ago, Tom and I had the opportunity to travel to Southern France in the Provence District with friends.  The picture in our header is one we took of the countryside where we were privileged to stay.  While there we visited a local winery, which are as numerous as our convenience stores are here in the States, but much more inviting!   Anyway, we walked into the little shop and browsed the shelves waiting for the clerk to offer us a taste of their wine.  He seemed busy, and we were afraid to interrupt.  Not long after, another couple (French speaking) entered the store, and he quickly offered them a glass.  It dawned on us that the clerk was waiting for us to ask for a sample in French.  digustationFortunately, one of us remembered the French word for “tasting – digustation”  and right away he smiled and poured each of us a glass.

Needless to say, we felt very out of place in the moment.  He knew what we wanted, and we knew what we wanted, but we didn’t know how to ask!

In the same way our vineyard has regular visitors who don’t call Orlando home.  They stop by hoping for someone to offer them a taste of romance – ideas that they can use in their part of the world.  So, if this is you we invite you to ask.  We aren’t too busy to hear from you, and we even speak English.  🙂

We have many friends who have great ideas as well, which is why we’ve added one more page called “Contributors” above.  Do you have a date night idea you would like to share with us?  Do you want to honor your spouse for what they’ve done to bless you romantically?  Then, send them to us via e-mail:  debiwalter @ gmail.com (I purposefully left spaces to prevent spammers), and we will add your idea to our Contributors page.  We’ll even keep you annonymous if you prefer.  This site isn’t about us – it’s about the fruit God has given, and  like a fine wine we gladly share with all who stop by for a taste!

Marriage is Always Urgent

marriage_covenantWe discovered a great article on the Purpose of Marriage by John Piper.  Here is a taste of what he has to say:

Marriage is always urgent. There never has been a generation whose view of marriage is high enough. The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the human vision is, and has always been, gargantuan. Some cultures in history respect the importance and the permanence of marriage more than others. Some, like our own, have such low, casual, take-it-or-leave-it attitudes toward marriage as to make the biblical vision seem ludicrous to most people.

You can read the rest of this article by clicking HERE!  Our blog is committed to helping marriages grow not only romanitcally, but more importantly – biblically.  With the latter the former is certain to follow.  Our goal isn’t to encourage self-focused romantic marriages, but on the contrary God-centered marriages that delight in glorifying Him in how we treat our spouses.   Having been the recipient of this kind of God-honoring love for 30 years with Tom, I am living proof that marriage God’s way is only way it will succeed.

Making Anniversaries Special

img_9809Thirty years ago today Tom and I were married, but it seems as if we’ve only begun.  One of the things I love most about my husband is the way he elevates the priority of our marriage.  Our anniversary has always been the highlight of our year and a time for us to give thanks to God for the gift we have in each other.   I was recently able to honor him on the Metro Mom’s blog – what a gift he is to me.

How do you make an anniversary special?  There are countless ways, but you must be flexible in your expectations and willing to work within your budget.  The key is to make a memory together.  I have recorded each year what we were able to do to celebrate, and I plan to share this list with Tom tonight as we have a romantic dinner at home (oh boy!).  Here is a sampling of what we’ve done in the past to make this day our favorite of the year:

  • First – Stayed in a friend’s mobile home in Key West for two nights and went deep-sea fishing.
  • Third – Went out to eat at a restaurant in downtown Orlando; I was 7 months pregnant.
  • Fifth – This year we did nothing; Tracy is two weeks old, but I gladly took a raincheck for a more romantic evening.
  • Seventh – Tom took me to The Olive Garden restaurant.  I was 6 months pregnant.
  • Tenth – Tom surprised me by taking a Friday off without me knowing.  He arranged for a babysitter for the children.  Then, he took me to Cypress Gardens for the day and a night away at the Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales, FL.  We ate dinner at one of our favorite pizza places when we were dating.
  • Fourteenth – This year we were unable to go away due to Tom’s back surgery and lack of funds.  I decided to surprise Tom by having a romantic dinner here in front of our fireplace.  I mailed him an invitation telling him to arrive home at 6:30p.  My parents watched our children for the night.
  • Seventeenth – Tom had to go on a business trip in Tampa, FL, and I was able to go with him.  He took me out for dinner to Bern’s Steakhouse. This restaurant is extremely expensive (and we’ve never been back), but the dessert room is worth returning to for a one of a kind romantic experience.  Click here for more information!
  • Twenty-fourth – Tom surprised me by driving to New Smyrna Beach where we walked on the beach.  Then, he cooked a delicious dinner on the grill at Bethune Park.  We listened to romantic music while watching the sunset.

We offer this list as a way of helping other couples grow in celebrating the wonderful day that God has given us.  May we never make light of this miracle of miracles!  God alone is the source of married love and happiness, and He deserves all the credit for the years, we have enjoyed.

Happy 30th Anniversary, Tom.  I love you with all my heart!

Date Night Offerings

Here are a few things taking place in our area that you might want to add to your date night plans.  Enjoy!

strawberriesThe Florida Strawberry Festival

Plant City Festival Grounds
Thursday, Feb. 26 – Monday, Mar. 9th   PH 813-752-9194

This is a great date to enjoy the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned country fair.  And you don’t want to miss the delicious Strawberry Shortcake!  Price: Adults $10

Friday Night Live

Uptown Altamonte at Crane’s Roost Park

Live entertainment and the cost is FREE

Festival of Rhythm and Blues

Saturday, Feb. 28
Hours: 11am-5pm
Free

This takes place at Lakefront Park in Kissimmee.  It is Kissimmee’s largest concert and features some of the best in rhythm, blues, gospel and ethnic entertainment.  There is also ethnis food and refreshments to make your day even more enjoyable.

The Festival of Chocolate – Orlando
The Florida Mall Hotel
Sat Mar 7th & Sun Mar 8th
10:00a – 6:00p
$10

The Vendor Showcase will feature chocolate tastes, treats and temptations including cookies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes, ice cream and truffles from some of the areas most acclaimed dessert and confection companies. Cooking Demonstrations presented by The Orlando Culinary Institute, special historical presentations, book signings, multiple creative chocolate-themed kid competitions and live music make the Festival of Chocolate weekend the Sweetest Two Days in Central Florida.

Post Valentine’s Day Post

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but romance should be a daily mindset, not an annual holiday.   How was your celebration of heart day?  Did you celebrate in a particularly unusual and special way?  We would love to hear from you.  Won’t you share your story with us?

Our Valentine’s Day involved traveling all day with another couple, but once we arrived at our destination the guys cooked us a wonderful steak dinner with candlelight and romantic music playing softly in the background.  After dinner we shared our favorite romantic memories, and enjoyed remembering all the fun times we’ve had together as husband and wife.

Let’s take this opportunity to bless our spouses by bragging on what they did to bless you romantically.

“Outdo one another in showing honor.”  – Romans 12:10b ESV

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We pray that this Valentine’s Day will find you more in love with your husband/wife than ever before.  Enjoy this video as our gift to you for taking the time to visit our blog.   We thank God for the opportunity to help your marriage yield a bountiful harvest of rich fruit for God’s glory.