10 Creative and Simple Valentine’s Day Ideas for Spouses

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Make this Valentine’s Day count by creating a fun, new memory with your spouse. Whether it’s a romantic night on the town or a simple evening at home, here are some creative Valentine’s Day date ideas for you and your spouse to try.

1. Take a canoe out on a lake.
Take an adventure outdoors together and get away from the rest of the world on a romantic canoe ride.

2. Create a scavenger hunt around town or around the house.
Design a simple, homemade scavenger hunt for your spouse. Maybe it’s outdoors or maybe it’s at the mall.

Here are 8 more ideas for you and your spouse.

7 Musts for Your Marriage

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There’s a growing trend for couples to individualize their wedding day from personal vows to unique settings, but there are still two elements that are common to many. First is the playing of “Here Comes the Bride” as she makes her special entry for the service. And then there’s the reading of some very familiar words that can actually set the course for a successful marriage.

Chances are, if someone is going to include a passage from the Bible in their wedding ceremony, it’s going to be from what is often known as The Love Chapter in the book of 1 Corinthians.

Even people unfamiliar with Scripture will recognize the words. Chapter 13, verses 4-7 of that book declare, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Hanging on the wall, these words might be a bright reminder of your special day. Hung in your hearts, they can be a roadmap to a rich future. Usually, we are told to avoid saying always and never because they are unhelpful absolutes but not in this case. This inspiring passages offers wise dos and don’ts for a meaningful, enriching marriage. Let’s look at seven of them.

How to Dig Deep into Your Child’s Heart

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Tales of buried treasure have long stoked the imaginations of everyone from children to pirates, from thrill seekers to corporations, from the old west 49ers to the playfully modern geocachers. People can spend their entire lives and fortunes looking for oil, gold, diamonds, rare metals and elements, all in the hopes of finding it.

Treasure. Rare, invaluable treasure.

And in that way, I think parenting is a lot like treasure hunting, too. Ultimately, parenting is a ton of hard work that makes you wonder what you will find and accomplish in the end. Parenting involves a pursuit of treasure that is buried within the heart and life of a child. And parenting has a big payoff when you find those treasures in the heart of your child. Here are some other ways parenting is like a great treasure hunt.

How Being Sarcastic Will Hurt Your Family

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Do you want your family to trust you? One of the best ways to build that trust is to say what you mean and mean what you say. Words are powerful, for good and bad. But perhaps no words are more damaging and trust-destroying than sharp, cutting words dripping with the ooze of sarcasm. What does sarcasm mean for families? Nothing but trouble.

But sarcasm can be worse than direct, blunt meanness. Why? Because sarcasm is basically meanness that’s cloaked in an insincere complement. Here are 5 ways being sarcastic will hurt your family.