Have you ever been hurt by a passing comment from your significant other and not been able to figure out why? Hurt feelings are never fun, but this moment of confusion actually gives you a golden opportunity to identify your emotional needs and this can be helpful for you and your man. In fact, just yesterday an innocent question from my husband stopped me in my tracks. Carrie...

Posted on Feb 25 2015 - 9:00am by Colleen

My older sister’s approach to dating could not be more different then my own. When I date, I am open, impulsive, adventurous, and accepting. I am welcoming, and I let people in – that is what I do. I’ve always thought this was generally a good approach, but it can also get me into trouble. For example, last year I fell for Mike who was always flirting with other...

Posted on Feb 24 2015 - 9:00am by David

Amber was laboring in the kitchen unloading the dishwasher yet again, and I was blissfully reclining in the living room reading a book called The End of Men, which argues that women are outdoing men in school, work, at home, and life in general. The book chronicles the complaints of women who feel like they have to do it all while the men in their lives sleep in...

I’m writing this post on the nine month anniversary of my husband’s passing. Today is a sad milestone; one that confronts me with exactly how long I’ve been living in a world without Dan. I’m used to commemorating milestones, but in a different way now. When Dan was here, we remarked about his health in a comparative way, like “Wow, I can’t believe we...

Brittany’s little princess As I was watching Frozen with my three-year-old daughter I got to thinking about the messages that Disney princesses send to her. When I was a girl, my favorite Disney movie was Cinderella. I wanted to be taken away from my crazy life and unstable childhood. I wanted the prince to make everything better. I wanted the prince to make...

Flickr/strych9ine photography I remember being taught by my parents that sex was supposed to happen inside marriage, but that’s not what I learned in school. In “sex ed” classes they told me that you should wait till you are in love and until you felt that you were ready. I looked around and saw that all of the teenaged boys and girls in my grade...

Posted on Feb 18 2015 - 9:00am by Kara

At the end of January I surprised my husband with a two-night getaway for his 30th birthday. No kids, no work, just us. We were able to explore a new city without worrying about nap times, eat at some nicer restaurants, talk to one another without interruption and sleep. Did I mention sleep? Kara and her husband Adam on their surprise getaway. Both Adam and I like...

Amber and her husband David. It was past midnight and I couldn’t sleep, mostly because I was feeling bad about the argument my husband David and I had earlier that night. I wanted to do something other than lay in bed listening to David snore, so I tiptoed into our home office to look for something to read. (Our kids are terribly light sleepers—let’s just say they don’t get that from David.) In the darkness I stepped on a toy train and tripped over my desk chair before I managed to switch on the lamp. When I did, a rainbow colored...

Posted on Feb 16 2015 - 7:10am by Nicole

Nicole and her boyfriend Matt. Last week roses and heart balloons filled the grocery stores and the stationary aisles were brimming with cheesy cards. As a result, it was pretty hard to forget to showcase a little extra love around Valentine’s Day. But what about the rest of the year? I know that for me it can be so easy to forget to make the effort and take the...

I recently had a discussion with a friend about the pitfalls of having a guy as a best friend. You see, I do have a best guy friend, but as we were talking about it we both came to the conclusion that he is really much more then a friend—he’s more like my emotional boyfriend. My guy friend and I have known each other for a few years now and honestly have a different...