Each night, a few minutes before going to bed, I expect to get a text from my love that simply says, “Gratitudes?”.  I’ll send him a numbered list of three things from the day that I am grateful for, and I expect a list from him in return.  It’s our way of closing out the day from afar and fostering gratitude for our current life. Sharing daily gratitudes...

Posted on Nov 25 2014 - 9:00am by Sasha

To my dear daughter, As you grow, many boys will enter your years. They will speak words of love and passion, of wanting you–all of you. Their sex will be lacking. Believe me, dear girl, I know what crazy hot lovemaking is made of. Until the boy can assure you of the following, it is not true passion. If he can patiently wait for over three years. From pregnant...

My husband had hurt my feelings. Something he said made me feel like I wasn’t a priority, like my opinion wasn’t valued in our relationship. Instead of mentioning it right away, I let it sit. In my head, there could only be two scenarios and they made my blood boil. “Either you don’t care about what I’d like or you didn’t think...

I have been in relationships with nice guys, but I have always run away. There was one guy in particular that wanted to marry me. He would talk about things like what our lives would be like in the future and I would too. I just wasn’t so sure that I saw the same future as he did. I wanted something more, but wasn’t sure that marriage was what I wanted. This guy...

When I met Andrew (not his real name) for the first time I had a feeling it likely wasn’t going to work out. We had met online, so our first date was also our first meeting. For this reason, I wouldn’t have wanted him to pick me up—it’s not very romantic I guess, but safety is important! That being the case, he selected a spot for us to meet. Normally I would...

I was made for marriage and motherhood. I knew it when I was tiny, as little girls do. I was in love with my dad, a tall, handsome, navy doctor, and wanted to be my mom, who stayed at home and filled our lives with books, art, music, and enchantment. In my heart of hearts, I knew that this was the path for me, and I would live it sooner rather than later. Laura and...

On a date at Café Lalo, the famed coffee house from the movie You’ve Got Mail, David and I hatched a plan. When we got married we would celebrate two anniversaries—our wedding anniversary, and the anniversary of when we started dating. An early (and awkward) Central Park date “We’ll reenact it, every year!” I proclaimed excitedly, clearly under the influence...

In the Marine Corps I learned to sleep anywhere. I’ve slept in the Iraqi desert and in the Brazilian jungle. I’ve slept in holes and on sandbags, in planes and on rocking ships. If fact I consider myself an expert on sleep—or at least an expert at falling asleep—and that’s why it was so strange that I couldn’t sleep a wink the night before my wedding day. Adam...

I have been on and off birth control since I was 16 years old. I had a steady boyfriend at the time and thought that I loved him. I knew I was too young to be pregnant, but I didn’t think I was too young to have sex. Flickr/Ferran Jordà So one day I drove my old beat up Ford F-150 to Planned Parenthood by myself. I didn’t tell my parents, and I didn’t need...

Throughout the majority of my engagement to Adam, I rented a room in a house owned by a young married couple. While most people would view this situation as less than ideal, I’d argue that this up close and personal experience with a happy marriage was a great blessing for a soon-to-be bride. I witnessed this couple fight and forgive. I saw them work through the...