The other day my boyfriend and I were hanging out, and I was scrolling through Facebook on my phone when I saw a picture of a former classmate with a 43 pound bass he had caught. “Look at this!” I exclaimed to my boyfriend. He didn’t seem impressed with the catch, but instead was preoccupied by the guy. “Who is that?” he asked. “A guy I went to school...

Carrie. When I was getting ready to leave home for the first time, I had some unexpected anxiety over the idea of leaving behind the friends I was so close to.  I thought about my next big step in life a lot and the anxiety just seemed to build.  I didn’t know what to do about it, and since it seemed to only grow with time, I decided to talk to my youth minister...

When I was 24 and newly married, my grandmother moved in with my mom and dad.  My grandfather had passed away a few years before, and she had managed to live on her own for a while with the help of family and friends.  But eventually age and poor health took their toll, and it became clear that she needed someone at hand almost all of the time to ensure her safety...

A woman I know, Sarah, was a single mother of two little boys when she met, fell in love with, and married Rob, who happened to have two young boys of his own.  We all kind of joked that they were like the Brady Bunch.  Everything seemed wonderful.  But behind the scenes things weren’t as great.  After four years of marriage we were surprised by what seemed...

Flickr/ Erin McGuire Living in harmony with another human being of the opposite sex can be challenging, to say the least. My husband, Luke, and I have had many of “those talks” throughout our marriage. You know which ones I’m talking about. The ones that bring a couple back to a place where they really understand each other. For us, they often center around...

Cyrena’s future husband, Logan, one year before they met. The first time I met the man who would become my husband he was scruffy and somewhat sullen. He seemed to barely acknowledge I was there. I’d ask him questions, but I got the impression that he could care less to know me. Fine then, I thought in my mind. I have no interest in you, anyway. And I carried...

The first time I started thinking about marriage with my fiancée, Jazzie, is about the time our daughter was born. Just all the stuff that we have been through together—me recovering from meth addiction, finding out that our baby in her womb could die, trying to make it from day to day—I kind of knew in that moment that, yes, technically, I could live without...

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? The baby was up all night teething and now the preschooler has unrolled the toilet paper and “decorated” the house with it. Everyone is hungry but you haven’t gone to the store yet and no one is impressed with your efforts to make what’s left in the fridge work. You’re just trying to get out of the house to run that one errand, but you’ve been trying for an hour already and you’re starting to lose your mind. If one more person calls your name, you’re sure you are going to scream. Sound...

Ever have one of those friends who always cancels? I’ve had a few. One in particular would never show up on time, or just never show up at all. I would tend to make sure other friends were involved in the plan so I wouldn’t be totally stood up. If my friend found something better or more interesting than her first plan, she would just cancel. We live in a culture...

Flickr/Michelle Gomes “Budget” is a word like “diet” or “homework.” It’s not a word we like to say. But it’s one we should, especially in a marriage. When my husband, Luke, and I first got married, we both had full-time careers. And though we had said “I do,” I still thought of things in terms of “his money” and “my money.”...