Saturday, February 28, 2009

And the winner is...

And the winner of Dates on a Dime is...

Llama Momma!

Just use the "e-mail me" link on the side of my blog to send me your address and I will get your prize in the mail!

Thanks for participating everyone. I have loved reading your comments over the past month.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Final Giveaway

The final giveaway for the month of February is an idea book: Dates on a Dime! This little book is "full of simple, frugal date ideas and money-saving tips that help you stay under budget with over-the-top romance!"
To enter the giveaway leave a comment sharing something you do to make your husband feel loved (big or small) by Friday, February 27 at 12:00 pm.
The winner will be announced on Friday afternoon.

Friday, February 20, 2009

We have a winner!

And the winner of the the book Is There Really Sex After Kids? is...

Busy Mom!

Use the e-mail me tab on the side of my blog and we can figure out delivery arrangements.

Thanks for your comments everyone - great, great advice!

Be sure to check back on Monday to find out what next week's giveaway will be.

Monday, February 16, 2009

I've Lost the Big M.

I don't know if you have noticed, but I have been lacking slightly in motivation to blog. Not only that, but blogging topics seem to be eluding me.

Through the giveaways, your comments and ideas have carried this blog. Somewhat covering up my lack of posts.

Not to pressure you or anything, but I'm looking to you to carry this blog. At least for the next week or maybe two...

I can't wait to read your comments and marriage advice.

And maybe by next week, I'll find my elusive blogging motivation again. Maybe the topics will start to find their way into my head.

But until then, thanks for keeping me afloat! :)

Giveaways Galore - Week 3

This week's giveaway: Is There Really Sex After Kids? by Jill Savage!

As the back of the book states: "Speaking from her experience as a wife and mother, Jill offers a warmhearted woman-to-woman discussion--a true insider's look at what works to build intimacy outside the bedroom and improve intimacy inside the bedroom."

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment with the "best marriage advice" you ever received.

Winner will be announced Friday, Feb. 20th at 12:00 pm.

Friday, February 13, 2009

This week's winner!

And the winner of the the book Coffee Dates for Couples is


Ann - please e-mail me your mailing address (use the "e-mail me" tab on the side of my blog) and I will send your prize!

Be sure to check back on Monday to find out what next week's giveaway will be.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Giveaways Galore - week 2

This weeks giveaway, in keeping with the Valentine theme, is the book Coffee Dates for Couples. According to the description on the back, this little book provides refreshing conversation starters and flavorful date ideas.

And, just for kicks, I will be throwing in a CD containing a true love story by John and Donna Bishop.

To enter, leave a comment sharing your favorite inexpensive date idea. Comments are due by Friday, Feb 13th at 12:00 pm. Winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

Thanks for playing everyone!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Dream Board

We spent our time at MOPS creating Dream Boards.

I wasn't thrilled when I first realized what the meeting would be about.

Time spent cutting pictures and words out of a magazine to represent my dreams, felt like a waste of time. And then I got started.

My dream board became a visual representation of how God is working in my life. I found ways to display my relationship goals with my husband and kids. It has reminders of the things I am praying for, quotes that inspire me and Bible verses that focus me.

There is value in taking your goals and putting them in visual form. It has a way of solidifying them.

I plan on placing this board beside the chair in my bedroom where I do my devotions. I am excited to see how God will work on me in these areas and how he will answer my prayers over the coming year.

And the Winner is...

And the winner of the free registration to a Weekend to Remember is...


Janel - please e-mail me your mailing address (use the e-mail me tab on the side of my blog) and I will send your prize off to you!

Be sure to check back on Monday to find out what the next giveaway will be.

For another great Valentine's Day giveaway, be sure to check out Tami's blog.

Aren't giveaways grand!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Giveaways Galore!!!

Hello Bloggy Friends. It has been a while since I've done a giveaway. And I have BIG news. In the month of February, yes that would be this month, I will be giving something away every week.

That's right, one giveaway EVERY WEEK!

And, I'm starting the giveaways off with a bang!

I have a certificate that will give one couple free registration to a Family Life Weekend to Remember marriage conference. (Regular conference rate is $258 per couple so this is a good deal!) The certificate does not cover hotel, meals or transportation. It must be mailed in, so be sure to pick a conference far enough in advance that will allow for this. Certificate expires August 31, 2010.

You can go here to find out the times and locations that are available.

You can go here to find the conference schedule.

And, you can go here to find out more about the conference.

On a personal note, Kory and I went five years ago and we are going again this year. It is a great chance to get away with your spouse and focus on your relationship. Life gets so busy it is easy to let the little things slip.

To win... Leave a comment telling me one thing you love about your spouse.

Please enter only if you can use this certificate or know of someone who can.
Winner will be announced Friday (Feb. 6) .

Big Things

Do you ever desire to do big things for God? Do you ever wish there was some way to really show Him how much you love him?

Sometimes I think the "big things" God asks me to do seem more like "little things."

Sometimes, I need to be reminded what the "big things" are.

On a recent Family Life radio broadcast, speaker Ann Wilson reminded me. She posed the following thought:

"What if God was saying... 'I want you to take all you have for me. And I want you to take that and give it to your husband. And I want him to know how much I love him, by the way you treat him.'"

Sometimes I want to do "big things" that the world will notice and I forget about the "big things" God has called me to. Things like loving my husband the way God loves me.

One thing I have learned over ten years of marriage is that loving my husband takes time and intentionality. Some days this comes easily. And some days it does not.

Regardless, it is my primary calling and when I love my husband I am doing a big thing for God.