So You Don’t Live on Easy Street… [plus FREE Scripture Printables!]

ALWAYS GOOD GREEN

There can be many, many pain points in a marriage—places that lead us to worry and anxiety, to fear the worst, places that lead us to question God. The reality of it is the worst could happen. Nothing in Scripture points to a life on Easy Street this side of Eternity. And it can feel even more painful when we look around and feel like we’re the only ones going through a … [Read more...]

Choosing Our Words Carefully [plus FREE Scripture Printable!]

Proverbs 16:24 FREE Printable

A fight with your spouse. A busy day where it seems like everyone’s demanding something from you. Parents who bring their sick kids to the church nursery and infect your kids. A husband who doesn’t mow the lawn often enough. A wife who forgets to get the oil changed. Kids who are bored. Aging parents who won’t let you help them. A friend who wants to talk about why … [Read more...]

Simple Ideas for Each of the 5 Love Languages

5 Love Languages

Years ago, when Dr. Gary Chapman penned the book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, he proposed a very simple concept. Essentially, he says there are 5 ways people receive love: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. Each person has 1-2 Love Languages, and those methods are the vehicles by which they feel most … [Read more...]

Lesser Known and Affordable Getaways in TX and LA [Plus FREE Road Trip Conversation Card!]

Lesser Known and Affordable Getaways in TX and LA

We all know what the cities in our states have to offer. There are plenty of things to do in Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans for a getaway weekend with or without the kids. For example: You know you can always count on Café du Monde to be ready with beignets and café au lait anytime you’re in the Quarter. And you know that you can always catch a … [Read more...]

MarriageRoots Conversation Card Family Edition :: 20 Questions to Discuss with Your Spouse and Kids [FREE Download]

MarriageRoots Convo Card :: Family Edition

Of course we talk to our kids and spouse. We talk all. the. time, actually. In fact, there are times we'd prefer to talk to them a little less, if we're being honest. Lots of conversations about schedules, practice, grades, work, obligations, and what's for dinner. It's easy sometimes to forget that it's been a while since we've had a real conversation about their lives or, … [Read more...]

13 Not-So-Cheesy Valentine’s Ideas [Plus, a Giveaway!]

13 Not-So-Cheesy Valentine's Ideas [Plus, a Giveaway!]

We see you rolling your eyes over there. Hear us out: We’re not saying you have to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We know the argument for it being just another day on the calendar. Some of us on the MarriageRoots Team don't officially celebrate Valentine's Day either. But what does it hurt to do something special for your spouse on a day that’s specifically set aside to celebrate … [Read more...]

MarriageRoots Conversation Card :: 25 Questions to Discuss with Your Spouse to Start the New Year [FREE Download]

Conversation Cards :: 25 Questions to Discuss with Your Spouse in the New Year

Many of us come crawling and limping to the finish line of one year and anxiously await the stroke of midnight that miraculously gives us a clean slate of 12 new months to somehow get things right(er). Even if you're over there rolling your eyes at everyone's new fitness/reading/simplifying/world-changing resolutions, you have to admit that stopping for a few minutes to … [Read more...]

15 Ideas for Starting a Christmas Tradition with Your Spouse

15 Ideas for Starting a Christmas Tradition with Your Spouse

Decorating the tree. Attending the Christmas Eve service at the church. Driving around and looking at Christmas lights. Making holiday candies and goodies for parties. Family traditions get ramped up at Christmastime. And rightly so, there are so many fun things to do! So many, actually, that it can be difficult to fit everything into what seems like a short and fast … [Read more...]

Advent Resources 2015

Advent Resources

Our world is one big race to see who can get things done the fastest. The words "waiting" and "patience" generally have negative connotations. Because of that, there's very little to wait on these days---save a few things that are out of our control like childbirth, graduation, or the DMV. Everything else is all about speed. That's why, when you think about it, the Advent … [Read more...]

MarriageRoots Survey [& GIVEAWAY!] :: Help Us Out, Please!

mr survey

Before we opened our MarriageRoots doors back in February, we surveyed every couple we knew about their marriage. Their answers were incredibly helpful--confirming some of what we knew already, surprising us in other areas, and giving us plenty of things to think about as we steered this ship onto the internet. Since then, we've shared over 91,000 words in over 100 blog … [Read more...]