• 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Each year in communities across the country, families take part in traditional holiday rituals which often includes stringing holiday lights on their ...
    Date 20: Holiday Lights Tour D...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    December 25th, 2014

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  • As we wrap up 2014, we’re finally over jetlag, have attempted to rescue our driveway from the falling leaves and do have very thankful hearts. We lo...
    Great Dates: A Look Back at 20...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    January 01st, 2015

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  • During the holiday season, couples spent a lot of time together.So let us ask you this pointed question: Is your spouse your best friend? If so, you...
    Starting the New Year Right
    By David & Claudia Arp
    December 31st, 2015

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  • It’s a New Year and time for new beginnings. On this date you will have the opportunity to look back and appreciate your accomplishments over the ...
    Date 23: Achievements and Aspi...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    January 15th, 2015

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  • We know not everyone reading this blog lives in the land of snow so this could also be a Sand Hike Great Date. For us, snow days are rare so when th...
    Date 24: Snow Hike Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    January 22nd, 2015

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  • Are the winter blahs getting you down? Are your finances “under water”? Is your to-do list endless and you’re just too tired to plan a date? W...
    Date 25: Beating the Blahs Dat...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    January 29th, 2015

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  • Winter is a great time to dream about home project you might like to do, so why not book a date to do it? It doesn’t matter that you have no money ...
    Date 26: Home Project Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    February 05th, 2015

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  • Valentine’s Day is coming up, and what a wonderful time to remember and celebrate your own love story. If your budget allows, splurge and make res...
    Date 27: Valentine’s Day Gre...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    February 12th, 2015

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  • Is your Love Nest a bit messy or random? Then now may be time for a great date redo! We remember when we were in the middle of the adolescent years ...
    Date 27: Love Nest Makeover Da...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    February 19th, 2015

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  • It’s easy to get in a rut of worshiping the same way week after week. Here’s a fun dating suggestion that may broaden your perspective of just h...
    Date 29: Faith Builder Great D...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    February 26th, 2015

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  • What’s up ahead on the horizon of your marriage? If you haven’t thought about it, here is a great date suggestion for you. Now might be a wonder...
    Date 30: New Horizons Great Da...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    March 05th, 2015

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  • So we’ve had one of the coldest winters on record, and even though it’s officially spring, no one has informed the Weather Channel. But hope spr...
    Date 31: Spring Festival Great...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    April 02nd, 2015

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  • Finally, after dealing for years with the inconvenient construction and traffic delays here in the Northern Virginia area, last summer the new Silve...
    Date 32: Adventure Great Date
    By David & Claudia Arp
    April 09th, 2015

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