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Weekly Round-Up of Interesting Reads #4

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

Well after missing a week due to illness (bad) and our marriage retreat weekend (very good), the weekly installment of links to great reads I’ve found on the World Wide Web is back.  As usual, some relate to marriage and some don’t, but all are excellent resources that I think you will enjoy checking out.  Here they are!

  • Bye Bye Birth Control.  When I posted about Natural Family Planning earlier this week, it quickly became the most popular post on the site so I know there is an interest in this subject.  I also know that many of us are not motivated (purely) by religious convictions.  When I found this post on the Always A Northerner blog, I knew I had to share her story of exploring NFP for practical reasons.  And I also knew I had found a great new blog to follow!
  • Green Birth Control & Natural Family Planning.  Along the same lines, I was excited to find this post at Nature Mom’s Blog.  It offers a meaningful discussion of the merits of NFP from the perspective of an environmentally-conscious and nature-minded Mom.  The varied string of resulting comments is also worth a read.
  • 8 Ways to Pursue a Lifetime of Learning.  I loved this post from the Simple Mom site.  I am a strong believer in being a lifetime learner, and this article gives some great advice for fitting valuable learning experiences into our busy everyday lives.
  • And finally, I would like to end with a video, a music video actually.  I recently discovered a great marriage blog over at The Marry Blogger and the author (Stu) had featured this video from Due West.  Listen to the words, and I bet you’ll love it…check out Stu’s blog and I’m sure you’ll find lots to love there as well.

Weekly Round-Up of Interesting Reads #3

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

Although I enjoy writing about marriage and all of the related topics it entails, I also like to take time each week to introduce you to some cool blogs and articles that I have read throughout the week.  This week we have a few related directly to marriage and a few that simply focus on having an awesome life.  And I always like to include a photo.  Here’s the third installment…enjoy!

  • How to be Married a Decade & Stay Madly in Love.  I just found the OnSimplicity.net blog this week, and I really like what I have seen.  The title of this article says it all, and as we approach 8 1/2 years of marriage, I can vouch for the great advice offered.
  • Marriage: Five Questions to Ask Each Other.  Another great marriage blog I discovered recently was FromSingletoMarried.com and I particularly enjoyed this post.  My wife and I are regular presenters at marriage preparation courses and these are fantastic questions for every couple to discuss.

  • Annual Reading: Purpose Driven Life.  I really enjoy the “Do You Dave Ramsey?” blog, which is written by a fellow fan of famous financial talk show host and author Dave Ramsey.  The site usually focuses on financial issues, but the author (a different Dave) is writing a series related to the book “Purpose Driven Life.”  This is on my to-read list, and it moved up the list this week after a cool interaction I had.  I actually had a personal Twitter exchange with the book’s author and famous pastor Rick Warren (he moderated one of last year’s presidential debates as well)…he complimented the work that we Knights of Columbus do in the world…very cool!

  • And finally, a photo to round out the week.  I think this photo from damncoolpics captures the joy of your wedding day…and based on how excited the groom is, I’m guessing they may have saved themselves for marriage!

Wedding Day Jump

Weekly Round-Up of Interesting Reads #2

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

As I have become more immersed in the world of blogging, my eyes have been opened to the great deal of quality content out there to read.  I thought it would be fun and hopefully useful if I posted a weekly “round-up” with links to some of my favorite reads from the week.  These will range from serious, marriage-related articles to funny photos.  Here’s the second round…enjoy!

  • Lessons Learned From a Bicycle.  I have been a fan of the Frugal Dad website for a long time as its writer is a fellow follower of Dave Ramsey’s financial principles.  This article takes a look at how we can raise our kids to appreciate the simple things and not become too materialistic.

  • 18 Best WordPress Plugins.  If you are a fellow blogger, I highly recommend How to Make My Blog as an informative and entertaining source of info.  In this post, the author outlines the best plugins you should use for your WordPress blog.  Good stuff!

  • Great Article on Child Discipline.  I recently discovered the SimpleMarriage site, which has some great parallels to Engaged Marriage.  This is a super article about the importance of letting kids learn from their mistakes.

  • List of Best Financial Bloggers.  I love reading about finances (yes I’m a nerd to the core), and Get Rich Slowly is one of the biggest and best blogs on the financial scene.  This link will give you a funny rundown of all the bigboys in that arena.

  • 40 Awesome Non-Fiction Books.  I love to read, and I especially enjoy non-fiction books that teach me something new or open my eyes to a new way of thinking.  I really loved this list from the productivity blog “Mark and Angel Hack Life.”

  • Finally, I wanted to share one of my favorite photos of all-time, which I’m sure you have seen.  I think this photo of a serviceman returning home after victory in WWII captures the essence of love.  Can’t we all relate to this feeling even if we are away from our spouse or children for only a few days?  Thanks to AmO Images for putting this one out there!

True, Raw Love

Weekly Round-Up of Interesting Reads #1

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

As I have become more immersed in the world of blogging, my eyes have been opened to the great deal of quality content out there to read.  I thought it would be fun and hopefully useful if I posted a weekly “round-up” with links to some of my favorite reads from the week.  These will range from serious, marriage-related articles to funny photos.  Enjoy!

  • Zen Habits article on getting things done.  Zen Habits is one of the biggest blogs on the web, and I saw a lot of value in this article on reducing the “friction” in life so you can get more things accomplished.

  • Cool story about Teddy Roosevelt.  The Art of Manliness is a cool blog aimed at helping guys be a “man’s man”.  Teddy Roosevelt was the ultimate manly man, and this story about his adventures on The River of Doubt proves it.

  • Debt Free with the Debt Snowball.  My Super Charged Life is a cool blog aimed at helping you make the most out of life.  This is an older article about using Dave Ramsey’s plan to get out of debt.  Our family has used this method and the resulting financial freedom has definitely enhanced our marriage.

  • And finally, an awesome photo from a very addicting site I found today.  This comes courtesy of People of Walmart, and I think it speaks for itself!

Wal-Mart Wedding