Hope Springs DVD Giveaway Basket

From the moment Hope Springs hit the big screen, it has been on my “must see” wish list. I think this movie speaks so many words that a lot of us women want to say, but don’t know how or when to say them. As I watched the trailer for this back in August, all I could keep thinking to myself was — oh my gosh — that is SO my life!

About Hope Springs

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

If you have been married for any length of time, you will want to see this movie! In fact, I wrote a little bit about losing that spark in your marriage this morning on my own site.


Enter to Win

One reader is going to get their chance to win a Hope Springs Package full of goodies! Inside the gift pack, you will find

  • 1 Hope Springs DVD
  • Rose candle
  • “Live, Laugh, Love” card
  • “Follow your Heart” coffee mug
  • Bacon N’ Egg Lover magnet
  • “Got Corgi?” magnet
  • Do You Know Your Husband? quiz book
  • Hope Springs relationship guide (not pictured)
  • Hope Springs tote bag (not pictured)
  • Hope Springs coupon book (not pictured)

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I was provided with an online screener in order to write this review. All opinions listed are my own.


  1. Steph says

    I think that they grow distant because they spent so much time taking care of the kids or working to provide for the kids, and spent very little time with each other. They do not really know each other anymore. Years of one parent at home raising the kids can also cause some resentment when the kids finally leave home.

  2. Liz says

    They’ve made so much of their lives center around the kids that it’s hard to remember what it was like without them.

  3. says

    I love these actors, and as it happens my husband and i have taken a similar journey ourselves this year. I think as adults we forget that we as people need to put ourselves and our relationship in the forefront sometimes.

  4. Tiffany M in MS says

    I think we focus so much on our children that we forget to be people who love each other. I hope that i do better to remember that with my husband

  5. Sandra K321 says

    The biggest thing they have in common are their kids, so once the kids leave there is a big empty spot in their lives.

  6. Mia Dentice Carey says

    I think because they forget to stay connected during the years when they have kids…..focus is more on the kids than each other

  7. Anne Lehnick says

    I think it’s like having a shared hobby (the kids) that’s just gone. You have to find your new shared interests together after the kids are gone.

  8. Sharon Schoepe says

    I think it’s hard once the kids leave because they lose what was the focal point of their marriage for so many years.

  9. Raine says

    Sometimes husbands and wives grow apart with kids come along because they subconsciously adopt the message that the kids should be the # 1 priority. Once the kids leave the house often they wake up next to a stranger. The great hope is that couples CAN reconnect with some work and commitment to rediscovering each other

  10. Heather S says

    They grow distant from not taking the time to do things together, new things together, travel, anything to have fun and reinvent their friendship and love!

  11. CHristine JEnsen says

    I think it is because the kids are what their lives have had in common for so many years, that if they don’t take the time to develop their connection in a way that isn’t connected to the kids it can be hard to create it again when the kids are gone.

  12. drina m. says

    Not much in common anymore and once you live together for so long you get too comfortable and think you don’t need to work on the relationship anymore.

  13. Sonya D. says

    I know that my kids take all of my time and energy and I don’t have much left for my marriage! And the longer you are married the little things that you used to love about each each other begin to annoy you instead!

  14. patricia s says

    I think sometimes if these is an age difference this can lead people going in different directions and losing some of that closeness….they still love each other it’s just in a different way…..and I do believe it becomes harder when the children leave ….

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    I believe couples become distant after the kids leave because they have not continued to nurture their relationship to each other throughout their marriage. Life gets so busy, and each of us now tend to communicate with text, email, or messaging. We no longer take the time to just sit together and ‘veg’ on the couch…just sitting close. We don’t keep our relationship a priority, it is a covenant with God and each other…whether you were married in a church or by a J.P. (like I was). I truly love my husband immensely, and realize it even more now that he was out of town for a week! He comes home today and I can’t wait to see him and have him hold me in his arms!

  17. elizaeth baur says

    Watched this on Verizon On Demand the other night with my hubby! Great movie! Love Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep!

  18. Kelly B says

    Well I finally got to see the movie and it was fabulous… No one could have done it justice like they did… I married my husband when I was 17 and he was 19 we had a daughter who was 9 months old.. We did it the hard way..Kids take alot out of a marriage. Children require alot of attention and most parents are very tired at the end of a day.. I also run a daycare for 22 years so we have never lost the children LOL… Husbands and wives need to remember each other and never take that for granted even though it is very easy to do so.Life is what you make of it.. Just as the movie showed..Do not be ashamed of things you do with your spouse in the privacy of your home… Here is to many more years… We have 27 under our belt and I just turned 44.. Children are 27 and 23 we have a 3 yr old grandson and another grandchild due in June.. Live life to the fullest…

  19. Tracie says

    People forget to love their spouse on a daily basis. We get caught up in life and all of the requirements that accompany it. Then one day we realize the kids are gone, we’re older and everything we hoped for may not be there. We need to live each day to the fullest and stay connected to our spouse. Remembering why we fell in love in the first place.

  20. Sonya says

    Focus always on kids and life as a family rather than kids/family now BUT great times ahead once the kiddos are on their own. I think we tend to forget all the great things that can mean.

    I think a lack of big-picture focus – our actions and feelings depend a lot on what we choose to focus on. We tend to see an empty nest rather than a less-crowded nest. Focus on all the positives of this phase of life with your husband and finally having the freedom and time to do all those things you weren’t able to do when the kids were home.

  21. says

    Sometimes couples (espcecially second marraiges) come into a marraige broken or with excess baggage, looking to their spouse to totally complete or fulfill them. Each individual should be whole in themselves and then that allows the other person to add to, or enhance their life. When we are not whole ourselves and are looking to our spouse to complete us, we remain broken, dissatisfied, and feel our spouse has failed us, when in truth, we have failed ourself. While our spouse should remain our priority, we need to have other things in our lives (Girlfriends, hobbies, pastimes) to fill those needs in our lives that men may not be able to fill.

  22. says

    I would REALLY like to Win this prize package!!! I had a “Hope Springs” Party with several of my girlfriends and then we went and saw the movies as well. I would love to have my own copy. No matter where we are in our relationship status, Married, Divorced, Separated or Single, Hope Springs gives viewers wonderful tools and ideas that they can use in their current or future relationships, and most of all it gives us HOPE!! Awesome movie!! 5 stars!!

  23. says

    The attention has left from the kids and now there is no one to focus on so therefore, the adults are left feeling lonely and are desperate for attention from their loved one.

  24. Rachel says

    I think married couples become too familiar and life gets in the way of the miracles that happen within their relationship. Finding ways to fall in love many times, always with the same person, is the gift we share if we allow it. True love takes a bit of work, but it is so worth it!

  25. Bernie Dunne says

    I think partners are so busy with the children they are tired and just assume they are ok because it takes so much with the kids we assume also each other appreciates each other with out saying it. They need to reconnect and snuggle and hug and spend time together to reconnect. I love this show.

    • Kathi Spence says

      Leave a comment answering this question – why do you think husbands and wives grow distant once the kids leave? FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE – My husband and I just celebrated our 33rd Anniversary! You have to talk – not just greet each other DAILY!!

  26. Garrett says

    After years of being together, you just know each other so well that things just become somewhat every day, I think.

  27. says

    I think husbands and wives can grow distant once the kids leave if they slowly start to make the kids their common ground. If they continue to keep a good solid focus on each other and things that only they do together (not leaving the kids out but leaving a place for the two of them), they can continue to have these commonalities to focus on once the kids are gone. If the kids have become the end all…when they move on, it is hard to suddenly turn to the person you stopped making a priority.

  28. Teresa Thompson says

    Because the focus has been on the kids for so long it doesn’t seem possible to shift focus to our spouses. Once we do, it renews the marriage.

  29. says

    In the 6 years I’ve been a mother, I have changed a lot from the person my husband married 7 years go. Parenthood changes you. I think it is less noticeable right now while we’re so busy rearing our littles but I imagine that once they littles stop requiring so much of our time, DH and I will have to get to know each other all over again or we will be distant.

  30. Karin A. says

    Empty nest syndrome— they need time to adjust to being a couple again and recapturing what drew them together in the first place.

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