Flickr/ Phoney Nickle Sometimes I look down at my mommy belly covered in stretch marks, or I look into the mirror at the acne on my face, and I feel disgusted. I struggle to love myself, which is something I have struggled with all of my life. When is the right time to love yourself? Is there ever a time when loving yourself is not selfish or egotistical, but actually...

Amber admiring her “intellectual crush.” He wore an argyle sweater vest over a buttoned up dress shirt. Literally, a shirt buttoned all the way up to the top, every last button buttoned so that his collar was tight round the nape of his neck. His glasses made him look studious, and his kind eyes let you know that he was an old soul. He was 20 at the time...

Recently, a good friend confessed to me that every night after her children go to sleep she replays all of her parenting mistakes from the day like a movie in her head.  I’m sure there are times when she reminisces about how fun it was to get ice cream cones together, or that one great conversation they had about what happens when frogs die.  But for the most...

Posted on Jul 28 2015 - 9:00am by Tyler

I’m a father, and I have a dream. In less than a month, my second daughter will be born, and it’s got me thinking about that dream again. I also have nightmares, but let me tell you about my dream first. Tyler My dream is my family. The first time I became a father, it changed who I was. I was hooked on meth, and it changed my life completely. Not a single thing...

Four years ago I lived in a religious community.  (Think Sister Act!)  The religious community really was a community.  The sisters typically ate meals together.  They tried to have recreational time together daily which could include going on walks together, rollerblading, playing musical instruments and singing, playing board games, and playing sports.  I...

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

“Of course our romance will be different twenty years into marriage,” I said matter-of-factly to Amber, as we pulled into a Subway shop for lunch. I mean, that does happen as couples get older, I was thinking. She didn’t say anything, but she shot me an icy look, and she didn’t say much as we munched our chips and sandwiches. We weren’t married yet, but...

Posted on Jul 23 2015 - 9:00am by Adam

I’ll never forget the first time I tried to hold my wife’s hand. We weren’t dating yet, but I had just gotten back from a deployment to Iraq where we had written each other letters every week, and I was fairly certain we’d be dating soon. We were watching a movie together on a couch in her apartment, eating popcorn and drinking Coke. I have no idea what the...

“Don’t wait around for Shannon to say she’s sorry.  It ain’t gonna happen.”  My dad grinned and winked mischievously, knowing he would get a rise out of me by picking on the very thing we all knew was true.  I was thirteen and in yet another cold, silent fight with my best friend.  We sat icily in the car together, each staring out our own window and...

Elizabeth and Darren during their engagement. My husband Darren and I waited to have sex until we were married. In fact, we even waited until we were engaged to kiss (but that is a different story). When my husband Darren and I were dating, his actions proved to me that he thought highly of me and valued me as a person. He was respectful of my boundaries and even...

flickr: Alexis Martín I remember the first time I saw pornography. I was nine. The images awakened a sense of wonder at the female body. The sensations it stirred in me were overwhelming, and I was much too young to process them. Very quickly, confusion about those feelings led to internal conflict. I understood that it was wrong for me to be looking at those images,...