• Remember your dating days—those romantic dinners, long walks and intimate conversations—the milestones of falling in love? Shared moments full of ...
    Welcome to Great Dates!
    By David & Claudia Arp
    June 19th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • Carey Says:Some time ago, I stopped referring to the two of us “getting older” and started saying that we were “more seasoned,” which seems le...
    Hitting the Mattress
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    June 19th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • Carey Says:The time shortly before we started dating can best be summed up by an old, split-panel Far Side cartoon. A girl on one side is lying wide a...
    Love on the Road
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    June 26th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • When spring hits, so does the urge to spruce up the house, so why not book a date to check into possible improvements? No money for remodeling that o...
    Date 2: Home Improvement Dream...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    June 26th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • Carey says:Dena is a fine cook . . . now. When we were newlyweds, though, not so much. I don’t know exactly what words would adequately describe De...
    Never Down for the Count
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    July 03rd, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • Let your sense of adventure lead you on a fun back-road date. Here how to enjoy this unique date:1. Choose a forty-mile radius around where you live....
    Date 3: The Road Less Traveled...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    July 03rd, 2014

    Great Dates
  • Did you eat too much at the Fourth of July barbeque? Holidays are when we often consume too many fat grams and exercise the least. But you can be bot...
    Date 4: Workout Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    July 10th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • Carey says: It was love at first fight. One of the happiest days of our lives also contained our first fuss as a married couple. Dena and I may hold ...
    Love at First Fight
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    July 17th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • Do you remember your wedding day and honeymoon? If your memory is a little foggy, it’s time to refresh it with a “honeymoon memory date.” Over ...
    Date 5: Honeymoon Memory Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    July 17th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • What’s great about your relationship? Have a date and find out. This would be a good date to take a hike together. We find that when we’re out in...
    Date 6: Celebrating Us in the ...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    July 24th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • The idea: Go window-shopping together. Staying out of the stores will ensure that the date is inexpensive. This is especially easy to pull off if you...
    Date 7: Window Shopping Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    July 31st, 2014

    Great Dates
  • The idea: Formal dinners don’t have to be complicated and stuffy events. The guest list can include just two—you and your spouse or partner. No fo...
    Date 8: A Formal Dinner in the...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    August 07th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • The idea: Learning keeps you young and keeps your life from stagnating so why not plan a Study Date? Adult education opportunities abound. If you’re...
    Date 9: Study Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    August 14th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • The idea: Every couple, no matter how long you’re been married, can benefit from a Marriage Checkup Date. It can be a growing and enriching experien...
    Date 10: Marriage Checkup Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    August 21st, 2014

    Great Dates
  • It was a beautiful, small family wedding. Every detail was lovingly planned and executed with great care. Sure, little glitches happened. It rained; ...
    Where Are You in Your Marital ...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    August 28th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • The idea: This weekend if you’re out together running errands or picking up kids or groceries you can easy add this spontaneous great date to your t...
    Date 11: Milk Shake Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    September 11th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • Have you always wanted a fancy sports car but (like us) you’re far too practical? Then do we have a fun date for you! The idea: Recently, we kept a...
    Take a Spin Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    September 18th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • Someone told us you never forget how to ride a bike. Claudia wasn’t convinced but that didn’t stop us from having a fun bike date. The idea: It h...
    Date 13: Have a Bike Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    September 25th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • Carey says: I would never say that my wife is ditzy . . . but on a few occasions in our marriage, I wouldn’t necessarily stop someone else from say...
    As Easy As Falling off a Bicyc...
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    October 09th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • Over the years, setting aside time to pray together has definitely brought us closer together, so we challenge you to have a Prayer Date. A Prayer Dat...
    Date 13: Have a Prayer Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    October 09th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • My sweet mother-in-law once inscribed a card with the sentiment, “You two are proof that some marriages really are made in heaven.” And while on...
    Marriage Isn’t Always a Fair...
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    October 16th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • From Dena:A friend of mine lost her 18-year-old in a horrific car accident, and one of the ministers at her church said to her a few months later, “...
    The Way We Do Church
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    October 23rd, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • In survey after survey, clinical psychologist Dr. Georgia Witkin said at least 80 percent of couples in successful long-term relationships report that...
    Be Friends for Life
    By David & Claudia Arp
    October 23rd, 2014

    Great Dates
  • If “dinner and a movie” is your standard date night, then this date can add some fresh air and creativity to your dating habits.Or perhaps, you th...
    Date 15: Have a Coupon Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    October 30th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”Jesus’ love binds us as believers in ways we can’t fully understand, a...
    The Love That Binds
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    October 30th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • Two of our favorite things to do are eating and reading, so when we discovered a nearby bookstore with a café, we knew we had hit gold. More bookstor...
    Date 15: Have a Book Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    November 06th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • From Dena: How do the little munchkins do it? Kids seem to have an extraordinary ability to sense when we’re having a “serious discussion” with...
    A Little Child Shall Lead Them
    By Dena Dyer
    November 13th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • This is a fun date from our past. When our boys were little and our finances limited, we needed something cheap, but also easy, so we began our Back...
    Date 17: Have a Game Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    November 13th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • From Dena: Many moons ago, my now-taller-than-me firstborn made my decade while we partook of ice cream cones at Sonic with his dad, Carey. (Every ...
    The Right Kind of Love
    By Dena Dyer
    November 20th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • According to a poll taken several years ago, three things Americans value the most are family relationships, good health, and faith in God. Amazingl...
    Date 17: Have an Appreciation ...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    November 20th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • It’s that time of year when our hearts turn toward home and family and all our many blessings. What could be more appropriate than having a date to ...
    Date 19: Blessings Others Date...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    November 27th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • From Carey: I had to learn to play fair in marriage—and when I say “I had to learn,” I mean I’m still learning. Dena and I know eac...
    Fighting Fair, Part 1
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    November 27th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • We hate to admit it, but the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas are when we tend to ignore each other the most, eat too much and exercise th...
    Date 20: Holiday Workout Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    December 04th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • From Dena: Ask anyone his or her favorite gift of all-time, and you’d probably hear: “The drawing my child did of me” or “The poem my husba...
    Revitalize Your Marriage with...
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    December 11th, 2014

    Love at First Fight
  • So you may not be able to find a whole evening for a date in the midst of all the holiday preparation and festivities. But not to worry, we have a gre...
    Date 20: Walk and Talk Mini-D...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    December 11th, 2014

    Great Dates
  • (Reader’s note: Part 1 of “Fighting Fair” was uploaded during Thanksgiving week. Here’s the second half of my blog about learning to play fair...
    Fighting Fair, Part II
    By Carey & Dena Dyer
    December 25th, 2014

    Love at First Fight