Marital Bliss Giveaway!

Edited July 26, 2010: Giveaway now closed!

The winners are:




Congrats you guys! Thanks for all your input and fresh ideas, I loved reading the comments…


Package 1- French Plaque and Marital book.


Package 2- Paris box and Marital book


A book review:

Marital Bliss {with a kiss of reality}

(Look inside the book here.)


Michelle Beachy


Christy Smucker

Reading ‘Marital’ to review for this giveaway was so thought provoking for me. I know the book was written intended to encourage a bride with unknown/high expectations.

But I totally forgot that as I started reading.

I got so caught up in applying what I was reading to my life, that one night I literally turned the book over to the back cover, to make sure it WAS geared for new brides. And not just girls like me. 🙂

I learned so much. Yes, after being married 7 years.

There`s also that thing of reading something you may have sort of known already- but you see it in a new light reading it in print. And it just reinforces a way of thinking you may have been having~ and it feels really good to add more to an old former thought trail.

I loved how I didn`t get weary reading- ‘Marital’ is a great mix.

Both Michelle and Christy write (and they are EXCELLENT!), and the book is also FILLED with excerpts from many anonymous women (my favorite part) that were interviewed by Christy and Michelle. At the end, there are also a few guest authors.

Another dimension that was unexpected for me, and might be of great interest for some of you, was the way this book was a subtle window into the life of the Mennonite culture. Both the writers of this book, Michelle Beachy and Christy Smucker, are Christians, living in a Mennonite community. As am I. This comes out many times in the book and I couldn`t help thinking,

This would be a great picture for someone not familiar with the Mennonite lifestyle to get a good picture of what life is like for some of us.

Yes, that is my literal thought. That`s why it is in italics. 🙂

Although I have to add, in a lot of ways I feel like I was  learning, learning, learning! as I read- even the practical things like meal planning, gardening etc. really got my mind spinning.

I like to look at it at reading ‘Marital’ as a helpful tool, not a high ideal I have to attain to and cannot. Because I did struggle with that a bit in the beginning.

And knowing the authors, (I can say that now! 🙂 ) I know that that was their intent as well. To come alongside a new bride, and offer helpful advice to her, and love her well, right in the middle of the mess/fun she is in.

C and M are just incredibly down to earth, spunky, interesting, fun girls. Love `em!

The font is fresh, the book is beautiful.

I highly recommend it for a wedding present. It is something I SO wish I had 7 years ago at the beginning. ‘Marital’ is a good friend and a listening ear.

This book is also a great read for a husband and wife to read together. I often read excerpts to G in the car. One night in bed, he read to me for awhile.


“Is this true for you? Isn`t this interesting? We should make more of a point to do this kind of thing. Oh my, this is not us.”

Yes, those are our literal words to each other. That is why I have quotation marks around them. 🙂 (Again, not)

Very conversation-provoking, and interesting to talk about as a couple and get the communication flowing.

Bravo! Christy and Michelle. Sensational job!

Additional books can be ordered here.


C and M have sponsored 2 copies of ‘Marital” for me to give away today.


Since so many of my giveaways lately have been sponsored~ I wanted to add something from ME to you, also.

The prizes are pictured above and the first winner gets first pick.

I love you guys, my readers. And today I wish for YOU to win. 🙂


1. Enter by leaving a comment answering the question:

“I wish (about married life) someone had told me…”


“I wish married people knew…”

2. Enter up to 2 more times, by linking to any other social network ( Your blog, Facebook, Twitter) with a LINK BACK to this giveaway.

Steal this one:

Marital Bliss Giveaway!

Giveaway closes Monday, July 26.

I can`t wait to read your comments! (Fun for me.)


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  1. Mimy says:

    Linked on facebook

  2. Janae says:

    I wish someone wouldve told me how much work relationships can actually be!

  3. jessica says:

    I wish I had known how hard it was going to be to bond and build relationships in my new community after gettig married. To be fair I dont think this has as much top do with marriage as other circumstances but still… Honestly there have been very few surprises in my short marriage. Tons of pain and hardship, but few surprises.

    • Christy says:

      It might have more to do with marriage than you think. I found for myself (and .lots. of other friends I’ve talked to) that moving to a new community after I was married was a breeze compared to moving as a new bride. Probably the transition in identity at the same time as hitting a new community makes it harder. I wish it would be easier for new brides and new communities to mesh. Do you have ideas on this? (Message me if you do 🙂 because Michelle and I are talking on this subject at a workshop this fall…and we need ideas. 😉 )

  4. Brenda says:

    I wish someone would’ve told me how to have company!! Food, house, hospitality, etc.

  5. Janelle says:

    I wish someone had told me how to make the most of the time when it’s just “us” before the babies come. Now that that time is winding down…I’m wishing I’d been more creative in making memories!

  6. Janelle says:

    linked on facebook!

  7. Julie says:

    I wish I had known that it is SO much better to talk things out and just chill instead getting all uptight. I guess I “knew” it, but didn’t follow it. =)

  8. christi says:

    I wish someone had warned me of the devastation of my criticism toward my hero …so many things stem from it!

  9. Sherri says:

    linked on facebook

  10. donna says:

    linked on facebook By the way I accidently put my wrong email address on my last comment. I just recently had to change it and forgot. This is the right one.

  11. Lori says:

    I wish someone would have told me that I need to first know who I am as a daughter of the King and that He loves me unconditionally. That even my husbands love would not meet my expectations and would let me feeling unloved and appreciated. Perhaps someone did try to tell me, but it didn’t sink in.

  12. Beth says:

    I wish someone had told me when I got married that feelings would come and go, but not only would commitment hold you together, but it would bring the feelings back eventually.

  13. cris says:

    i wish married people knew how powerful an affirming word is. truly i see this as one of the greatest blessings in our marriage the last couple years. learning to speak words of affirmation. whether its supporting a decision my husband is making (and this can be huge especially when there is no right or wrong way to do something and he chooses to do something different than the way i think it should be done), or affirming his leadership in our home, what a gift to be able to smile and say “yes, i think think that’s a great idea” or ” you did a wonderful job with the way you handled that situation”. prov. 18:21- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” and prov. 31: 26-” she openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness” have been two of my “reminder verses” that i’ve memorized. and no i don’t always remember and mess up so often but i’m learning what a gift my words can be to my hero! we as wives have a tremendous responsibility to speak “words of life” that will bless and affirm the man we love.
    oh and i would so love to read the book 🙂

  14. Anne says:

    I wish I would have known how huge communication would be in marriage. Its what satan uses to get between couples, I am sure. Its work and takes effort but marriage is a blessing.

    [If I’m too late with this comment, just delete it.]

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