10 of My Favorite Things

Christmas snowflakes on snow for congratulation cards and design

Most of my favorite things I don’t have pictures of – they don’t come in stores and they don’t have a price tag. – They include things like hearing my husband’s car pull into the garage – watching my children play together peacefully – looking out the window at the ground covered in snow – palm trees on vacation – vacuum cleaner marks in the carpeting – clean laundry –in the drawers! – a back rub – a letter from a loved one – a long talk with my husband and his listening ear – a memory verse said by […]

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5 Ways to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great

Couple relaxing with mulled wine at romantic fireplace on winter evening

Welcome back to the Messy Beautiful Love*Book Club! {To find the weekly schedule and FREE downloadable Study Guide – click here.} Today we move into chapters 7 & 8 and we have a guest writer – hooray!  Her name is Rosilind and she is the head of Good Morning Girls International! Rosilind is an American girl married to a Bosnian guy who lives in a small village just outside of Zagreb. They have two crazy boys who are as opposite as boys can be. When Rosilind isn’t writing, she is dreaming up recipes and searching for ways to organize her […]

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Letting Your Husband Lead

MBL marriage is a symphony

Welcome back to the Messy Beautiful Love*Book Club! {To find the weekly schedule and FREE downloadable Study Guide – click here.} Today we move into chapters 5 & 6!  Chapter 5 Darlene writes on page 65 and 67: The Lord cautions us: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Ex.20:17 NIV) We are warned against coveting for a reason. It’s sinful, and it’s consuming.  It’s the polar opposite of contentment and leads us to look outside […]

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Love Keeps Going When the Going Gets Tough

Love Keeps Going

Welcome back to the Messy Beautiful Love*Book Club! {To find the weekly schedule and FREE downloadable Study Guide – click here.} Today we move into chapters 3 & 4 and we have a guest writer – hooray!  Her name is Bridget. Bridget has been married to her best friend for 14 years. Together they have 3 boys and 1 little girl. For the biggest part of her life Bridget has been concerned with what others thought of her marriage and how she was raising her children. It wasn’t until she realized that there is no such thing as a cookie […]

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Loving Our Husbands Through the Hard Times


Welcome to the Messy Beautiful Love*Book Club! Today we dive into chapters 1 & 2.  I’m going to share some of my thoughts from the reading, then a short video with the author and then discussion questions. I hope you will join the conversation by leaving a comment. {To find the weekly schedule and FREE downloadable Study Guide – click here.  This Thursday, we have a special guest who is going to share her thoughts on Chapters 3 & 4.} Chapter 1 Chapter one is a powerful chapter.  Darlene courageously tells her story of infidelity and her husband’s response.  Michael […]

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The “Messy Beautiful Love” Book Club {Begins Here – November 3rd!}

Book Club Announcement

  I know we are all in the midst of the Making Your Home a Haven Series on Mondays and we aren’t really thinking about November’s Monday series quite yet BUT since it’s a book club, I want to be sure you have enough time to order your book before November 3rd! So here are the details: When: Every Monday and Thursday in November we will be reading and discussing the book Messy Beautiful Love* by Darlene Schacht, the Time Warp Wife. Where: Here at WomenLivingWell.org Why: Because marriage is Messy right? But it’s Beautiful too. This book is an […]

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Messy Beautiful Love – 3 Copies of the Book & Journal Giveaway!

Darlene and Courtney

Today I am celebrating the launch of my dear friend – the Time Warp Wife‘s book: Messy Beautiful Love* by Darlene Schacht. I had the honor of writing the Forward to this book!!! This book both challenges and motivates me to exchange God’s ideas and ideals for my own.  Her hope-filled story of a marriage changed by the grace of God reminds us that no marriage is ever beyond God’s redeeming grace. This excerpt from the book is raw…as it takes us to the day her husband discovered her affair but it’s only just the beginning – the beginning of […]

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Coming Soon…A Virtual Marriage Retreat & Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love Freebies

I am so excited to share with you the “Embrace Your Marriage” Virtual Marriage Retreat! I am partnering up with some of my favorite marriage bloggers every Monday in the month of September, to focus on our marriages! Each week we will include a challenge and links to the other writers so you can virtually visit us all! While we all hold the same Biblical principles, we each have our own unique perspective and life experiences. We pray this will bless you! Join me back here this Monday, September 1st as we begin! And while we are on the topic […]

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What Women Want (a memoir giveaway)

By Emily T. Wierenga   I was drinking twelve cups of coffee a day, addicted to sleeping pills, and only eating supper. We were newlyweds; we’d been married under the trellis in my parents’ yard, my Dad, a reverend, officiating the ceremony and the flowers in my bouquet as fake as the smile on my face. I was terrified. I didn’t want kids, I didn’t know how to make a home—my mother made homes, I lived in them. So my farm boy and I went on a three-week honeymoon to the Maritimes, to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and PEI, and […]

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Books I’m Reading & A Giveaway: 5 Copies of You Are Loved!

me and sally

Publishers send me a lot of books to review and I simply can’t read them all and review them –  BUT there are three honorable mentions, I must share with you! I really respect Crossway Publishing for putting out doctrinally sound books. These three books are solid, Biblically edifying books for women (and easy to slip into your purse to read on the go). 1.  Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman 2. True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre 3.  Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals For the Family by Jessica Thompson I also have a […]

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Valentine’s Video & Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl Giveaway!

Valentine's Day Special 5 Marriage Bloggers

I’m interrupting our regular schedule for the Book Club – for this Special Valentine’s Day Video and Giveaway! This video was done by 5 of the ‘Top Christian Marriage Bloggers’ including: Sheila from ToLoveHonorandVacuum.com, Fawn from HappyWivesClub.com, Ruth from TheBetterMom.com, and Jennifer from UnveiledWife.com So sit back and relax and enjoy this 10 minute video: (if you cannot see the video – click here) We all pin to a Pinterest Board together at “Inspiring Christian Wives” if you’d like to follow us there! Next up – Singles (or mother’s and friends of singles) this giveaway is for you!!!! Paul Hendricks writes: […]

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The Women Living Well Book Club begins January 13th!

WLW Book Club

  Happy New Year!!!! The Women Living Well Book Club is about to begin.  But before we start you may have a few questions – here’s my answers: When does this begin? We begin on Monday, January 13th. What’s the schedule? What do I need to participate? To be honest, you don’t need a thing – not even the book. lol!  If you do not have the means to purchase the book – you can still follow along and be encouraged in your walk with God, marriage, parenting and homemaking. So please don’t let that stop you from joining us! […]

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