Posted on Jul 29 2014 - 9:00am by Kara
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My eyes burned as I watched Adam take a big bite of ice cream cake. It was my 24th birthday and while I should have been in a celebratory mood, I was anything but. I was recovering from my second round of a stomach bug in less than a week. I was frustrated that I was still sick, frustrated that our limited time together (we were dating long distance) had to be spent throwing up in the bathroom, and especially frustrated I couldn’t enjoy my favorite dessert on my birthday. I had told Adam all this not 10 minutes before I sat there watching...

I put my finished plate to the side and looked at her from across the table. “So, what do you think about…when I get back Sunday…that you and I…you know, hang out?” Flickr/Ben Raynal My bag was packed to go away for the weekend with a bunch of other college first years, but it lay on the floor along with the rest of my priorities. This girl, lets call her “Mandy,” looked back at me in the cafeteria. “Hang out, huh?” she said with a grin. She and I both knew that “hanging out” probably meant more than...

Before I got married, I was an open book. I shared personal stories from my life with new friends and sometimes even perfect strangers. It was easy for me to relate to others through shared experiences and I wasn’t shy in sharing embarrassing stories and innermost thoughts about my life. I never thought of much about privacy until I was married. Flickr/jDevaun Unlike me, my husband has always been more private about his personal life. So I learned early on in our marriage that, out of respect for his sense of privacy, I needed to curb...

One night last week, Joseph and I were getting ready for bed – brushing teeth, washing faces, etc. And, just like that, as I was lathering my face with soap, Joseph picked up the head of his toothbrush, flipped it, and caught it mid-air by the handle. ‘What was that?! I’ve never seen you do that!’ I said as I burst out laughing. ‘Are you kidding? This is how I pick up my toothbrush every night!’ he replied. ‘Really?!’ The whole scene was hilarious to me. I couldn’t stop laughing about it. But the thing is, Joseph and...

(This post was originally published on All Will Be Well) To know Dan was to love him. To be in his presence was to be loved. On May 17, my world stopped when Dan took his last breath that ended his 33 years of life, his five-year battle with leukemia, and our four years of marriage. My hopes (our hopes), my dreams (our dreams), my vows to him (our sacred marriage vows), were abruptly shattered in the quietest hours of the day. That morning, I became a widow at the age of 29. I won’t share the intimate details of our last days and...

I’m fairly new to the whole military wife thing and my body is still adjusting to nights without my husband at home when he is training or is on duty overnight. I miss his presence at home and struggle to settle down and let my body relax. At first, I couldn’t figure out what it was exactly that was keeping me up. But, after some late night research, I discovered that my inability to calm down and decrease stress hormones in my body, was related to my husbands absence. Even though cuddling was often interrupted by our little ones nightmares...

“So, what are your plans in college?” I was a freshman and had only known Anthony a couple weeks when he asked me that question. I had known its answer long before I got to college. I imagined campus life to be like the American Pie movies. I wanted to hit up the parties (read: keg stands) and especially the women (read: maybe get lucky with my pants down). I didn’t tell him this, but at that point in my life, I had been chasing girls since I could remember feeling blood pump in my veins. Having had sex in high school and now free...

Posted on Jul 18 2014 - 9:00am by Nicole
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Caitlin began to lean in to hug me and then paused. “Do you just want to talk about it?” she asked. I looked up at her with a sense of relief because all I truly needed was a conversation, not a hug. We were several weeks into a mission trip in urban Chicago and during that time Caitlin and I had grown very close. When others saw me upset, their first instinct always seemed to be to reach out and hug me, but Caitlin had begun to pick up on what truly helped me to feel loved and supported. Nicole and her Boyfriend. Thrown together—along...

Having a baby at 19 didn’t so much change me, as it did shape me. At such a young age, I hadn’t yet decided who I was prior to my daughter arriving. Being a mom was the only identity I knew. Christi and her daughters. When my five year-old daughter was beginning school, I had been a stay-at-home mom for 12 years. All I knew was married motherhood. I’d spent all those years caring for and nurturing 2 little girls, a husband and a home. And now my youngest child was leaving me with time on my hands I didn’t know what to do with....

I’m willing to sacrifice a lot for the right girl, even on a first date. Like the time I scheduled one during Game 7 of the Minnesota Wild’s playoff series this past April. You read that right: Game 7. This girl, let’s call her “Sofia,” was gorgeous. Her beauty was enough to make a man nervous, and I was not exempt. Walking tentatively, yet intentionally, through the first few minutes of our date, I had one goal: make a good first impression. I typically hate small talk, but it’s a nice way to warm up to a person, get a feel...