a post in which i struggle to pluralize ‘series’ and talk about love and stuff




valentine’s day is around the corner and i’ve been writing about trying to love troy with my thoughts, words, and actions, so i wanted to share a few of my favorite books and sermon series {serieses? serii? anyone? anyone? bueller? bueller?} on love and marriage.

i wish that i’d read these before/at the very beginning of our marriage, because they’ve taught me so much and helped me become a better wife. regardless, they’re great resources at any point in your relationship. {even if you’re not married, i highly recommend them.}



want to share a favorite of yours? please leave it in a comment below!

have a lovely thursday night, my dears!

ps linking up at the pleated poppy for what i wore wednesday!

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  • Samantha Fetta January 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    My husband and I love the Real Marriage series. We were blessed to be able to go through it with our church only three months after we were married. It was a great learning experience. We’ve been married a little over a year now and we are reading through the book again. I want to check out some of the other books you recommended. I just watched the clip on “What Did you Expect?” The narrator’s line- “I think western culture dating is just a step above used car salesmen” is pretty funny! :) Thank you again for your blog and for sharing your heart and what you are learning. You are an encouragement to me every week. <3

    • Caitlin January 27, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      That is a blessing! Congratulations on your first year of marriage :) And thanks so much for taking the time to be an encouragement to me! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  • Selah January 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    First of all, you look beautiful! I love the color of your shoes and lipstick.

    Next, the plural if series is (wait for it) . . . series! It’s an irregular plural noun, like fish.

    Last, this website is fantastic for married couples: http://2becoming1.com/
    My husband and I read the book and attended a workshop when I was pregnant with our oldest. I’m really glad we had the opportunity to strengthen our marriage before adding a baby to the mix.

    • Selah January 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      I just found this pin and thought I’d share. It’s a list of things to be thankful for about your husband. They won’t all apply to every guy but their good. #24-26 made me laugh. http://pinterest.com/pin/412431278345196530

      • Selah January 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Ugh. I typed their instead of they’re. Pet peeve of mine!

      • Caitlin January 27, 2013 at 7:14 AM


  • Leah January 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    I’m reading The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller. I’m in the middle of it now, Jon is done reading it, and I’ve had a lot of friends (single, dating, and married) that have found a lot of value and insight. Jon and I have already had really good discussions about it. My pastor actually just mentioned it a few weeks ago too. Definitely worth a look :)


  • Ashley January 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    1. That blouse is beautiful! So glamorous with the dark red/burgundy. (Anything but oxblood. I can’t bring myself to describe something pretty with that word.)

    2. I’m reading The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer (inspired by the movie Courageous) and it parallels the pledge that the men were challenged to make. I’m not through it yet but it’s really good so far!

    • Caitlin January 27, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      Me either! It makes me want to hurl.

      Thanks so much for sharing- I really like Priscilla Shirer but haven’t read that book.

      • Selah January 27, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Oh, I agree with both of you about oxblood. What a disgusting word! Burgundy, Merlot, and Wine are much better names for this beautiful deep red color.

  • VM January 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Visit my shop

  • Caitlin January 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I can’t wait to go check them out.

  • Florica January 27, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Love the shoes,The Power of Prayer to Change your Marriage is also really good.

    • Caitlin January 29, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Thanks Florica. I’m going to add it to my reading list! Hope you have a great week.

  • Ashley January 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    These are great suggestions! I really like Mark Driscoll, but hadn’t yet checked out the Real Marriage series. My husband and I started watching them on your suggestion – so thanks!

    I also recommend Sacred Marriage – it’s really great! I read it before I got married. It challenged a lot of preconceived notions I had about not being able to serve Christ as well as a married person. I highly recommend it!

    • Caitlin January 29, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Good! I’m so glad ou like it. And thanks for the recommendation- I’ll definitely check it out!

  • The Fashion Canvas January 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Oh my I NEED that blouse…to die for!! Stopping by from the Pleated Poppy!



    • Caitlin February 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      So glad you stopped by, Erin! Have a great weekend :)

  • Lindsey A. Turner (@thriftandshout) January 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Love your blouse so much!


    • Caitlin February 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Thank you, Lindsey!

  • Jessi January 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    That blouse is gorgeous girl! And the shoes are the perfect touch of color. I just love this! Even the location is darling.
    I’ll have to read those seminars! Me and my hubby are coming up on 3 years and I still feel like we’re newlyweds!
    Found your blog at the WIWW link-up!

    • Caitlin February 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Jessi- so glad you stopped by! The sermons are fantastic- even if you feel like newlyweds :) Happy almost-3-years! I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

  • Anonymous February 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    i told my husband you are probably the most beautiful girl out of all the blogs i read, and CHRISTIAN to boot! gotta love it

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