Are you ready for a more meaningful marriage?
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.
Love never fails.

Romance doesn't just happen

And it shouldn't end when you say "I do!"

Your marriage is the foundation of your family, so isn't it time to put a little more effort and thought into how you spend your time together?

Fall in love with your spouse all over again with these creative ideas for fun, memorable dates. Whether you’re newly married, busy parents, or seasoned empty-nesters, you’ll find activities tailored to your stage of life that will keep your relationship strong and vibrant for years to come!

About the
Authors
 
Nick and Mendy Greenwood grew up in different North Carolina cities and met when they both spent a week at Myrtle Beach, SC right after high school graduation. After about five years of friendship that grew into dating, they were married in February of 1991. Together they worked toward Nick’s BFA from East Carolina University and in 1995 they welcomed the first of their four daughters. In nearly three decades of marriage they have faced sickness AND health, been richer AND poorer, lived through feasts and famines, moved thirteen times, dealt with toddlers through teenagers, best friends and boyfriends, worried and wept and laughed out loud. With all the highs, lows and challenges of marriage and family, their favorite place to be is together. Their secret to a long and happy marriage? Hold hands, say “please” and “thank you,” and never stop dating.

Nick is an award-winning illustrator/graphic designer and Mendy works in public affairs. They are both blessed to work out of the home and enjoy the southern, small-town life of Jamestown, NC.
Sample Date Ideas
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More Than Words

In the best of marriages, a spouse is able to understand everything his or her partner says—even if there are no words.

How well do you hear the unspoken communication that takes place within your relationship? On this date, you will have your mouth closed and possibly your eyes opened...

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

It’s time to live the dream! Have you always wanted to drive a certain sports car or luxury car? Well, the cost of renting a car for the day is approximately what it would cost you for a nice dinner and a movie . . . but it’s a lot more fun!

This date is especially good for the newlywed couple on a budget who are used to driving on bald tires with no air conditioning or the couple who drives a minivan with multiple car seats, Cheerios in the carpet, and an old CD player rocking Disney soundtracks.
The Plan...
Flea Marketing

Every state has flea markets and swap meets, and this is one of our favorite dates! It only has to cost what you want it to cost, and you will find interesting and memorable items (and people) every single time you go!

Make It More than Just Browsing
Of course, we all could keep ourselves occupied for hours just walking aimlessly through a flea market, table to table, vendor to vendor, picking up and putting down items that catch our eye. But remember, this is a date, so here are some ideas about how to make it feel like one...
Well That Was Random

Some of your most meaningful and memorable times together will take place when you just hold hands and jump.
 
For couples that like to live on the edge and be a little unpredictable, this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon together. All it will take is a (paper) map of your state or region, a blindfold, and a red marker to get you started. After that, all you’ll need is a full tank of gas and a big sense of adventure...

This time of year is all about sunshine, warm temperatures and new beginnings.

This is the perfect time to break out of the wintertime blues and breathe some new life into your marriage.

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"Almost all marriages could be beautiful, harmonious, happy, and eternal ones, if the two people primarily involved would determine that it should be, that it must be, that it will be. "
(Spencer W. Kimball)
"Great marriages are built brick by brick, day after day, over a lifetime. And that is good news. Because no matter how flat your relationship may be at the present, if you keep adding pebbles of kindness, compassion, listening, sacrifice, understanding, and selflessness, eventually a mighty pyramid will begin to grow. If it appears to take forever, remember: happy marriages are meant to last forever.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Marriage is like climbing a mountain. You tie yourself to a companion,and you start up the mountain of life. As a child comes along, you tie him to Mom and Dad and continue your journey. The ropes will hold all of the mountain climbers together. But there are many elements—the wind and the rain and the snow and the ice—all the elements of the world will tear at you to pull you off that eternal mountain. How do you reach the summit? Someone has said it this way: “Thee lift me, and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together.”
Russell M. Nelson

"A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. it is
when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences."

Dave Meurer

"Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day. "
Barbara De Angelis

"True love is not something you fall in, but grow in. It is not happenstance as much as something you control, choose and act upon."
Lynn G. Robbins


"Almost all marriages could be beautiful, harmonious, happy, and eternalones, if the two people primarily involved would determine that it should be, that it must be, that it will be."
Spencer W. Kimball

“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads of hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.”
Simone Signoret

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