About MarriageRoots

About Us

Wake up. Work. Run errands. Cook dinner. Watch tv. Sprinkle in some kids. Rinse. Repeat.

Isn’t there more to marriage than this? Consider:

What if we created space for a community of couples who want to remind ourselves that our marriages need nurturing on a daily basis, not just on the occasional date night?

A space where we could figure out what it looks like to reflect Christ more fully through the covenants we made with our spouses?

A space where, through sharing our ideas and stories, we are reminded of what it looks like to spend as much time growing our marriages as we do growing our families?

And what if it were a place where we could cultivate community through the power of geography and testimony from our neighbors in our own backyard of Texas and Louisiana?

Not a place of marital rock stars who will tell us the “10 secrets we need to follow to have a happier, more fulfilling marriage” because we know there’s no one-size-fits-all in life. And because, honestly, we’re all exhausted from this comparison culture we live in anyway. Goodness knows we don’t need another site on the internet to make us feel like we aren’t measuring up.

So we created MarriageRoots, a space where our lives look different, yet the same, and where there’s much we can learn from each other. Like our sister site, SingleRoots, there’s no organization or denomination behind MarriageRoots, which is why sometimes you might find that you don’t necessarily agree with everything that’s written. And, that’s okay. Iron sharpening iron and all that stuff.


Meet the MarriageRoots Team:

Susan EdminsonSusan Edminson has been married to her best friend, Kyle, for 9 years. They have enjoyed adventures all over the globe, and now call Rockwall, TX home. She is a stay at home mom to Stuart, Roger, and Maggie–2 guys and a gal who teach her more about patience and laughter everyday.


Kyle EdminsonKyle Edminson is a handsome, witty, loving husband and father. He is originally from Louisiana but he now calls DFW home. Kyle is by no stretch of the imagination an expert on marriage (or much else for that matter) but he hopes to encourage husbands and wives to love and respect each other, communicate wholeheartedly, and seek God in marriage. And have fun–can’t forget fun.


Amy SchaffnerAmy Schaffner is a wife to a great husband and mother of three crazy kiddos. Former homeschool teacher, former missionary, former…..well, lots of things. Now she lives in the plains of West Texas and enjoys life as a stay at home mother. She writes about the many pieces of her life — Jesus lover, minister’s wife, momma, pilgrim through the waters of anxiety and depression. Feel free to drop by, Pieces of Amy, and see what’s going on…when the baby lets her write!


Daniel ShockleyDaniel Shockley is generally regarded as the “Chandler” of his group of friends–he’s not sure if he could be any more ambivalent about that moniker. He married his love, Jena, almost 8 years ago and has been mildly bewildered every day since; they and their two children live in north Louisiana. Daniel’s wholehearted prayer is that God will use MarriageRoots to glorify Himself by strengthening marriages and families, connecting like-minded couples and expanding Christian communities throughout the region.


Ryan Stubblefield married Kori when they were both in their early thirties and they’ve been married for 3 years now. He’s still trying to get over the fact that she doesn’t share his love for coffee, but Kori keeps reminding him about how much money that saves him over their lifetimes. Ryan is a serial entrepreneur and has been starting companies since he was in college. Most recently, he’s been the brains behind SingleRoots and MarriageRoots because he loves hearing stories of people living intentionally and counter-culturally and taking scary steps of faith in life.


lmyphotoLeslie Martin Young loves words and rain and travel and her sofa. She spent over 20 years working as a newspaper reporter and editor in rural Northeast Louisiana and now happily works around the family farm with her husband of 31 years, Jesse. They’ve raised cotton and corn and two children who turned into fantastic adults, which is a testament to grace and not exceptional parenting. Empty nesters and new grandparents, they are finding this season of life incredibly sweet.


While Jessica Bufkin isn’t married, she’s still on the MarriageRoots team as the token single girl who ensures we don’t take our married selves too seriously. Since she’s also the managing editor, she also ensures everyone stays on track with deadlines and that our ideas are communicated clearly. In 2011, she and Ryan developed SingleRoots, a community that encourages Christian singles that they are more than their dating lives. She has the same Editorial role over at SingleRoots, except she also writes over there…because, you know, she’s single and stuff.