Have you ever wished that your life was like a sitcom? You know, like those TV shows where an unlikely group of friends shares a small apartment, and their best friends live just across the hall. I know that when I was a teenager, I always secretly hoped that my life would somehow turn out like that. It seemed like it would be so much fun to have a group of people that really shared the ups and downs of life with you, especially during those awkward years of trying to figure out adulthood. I assumed, though, that those kinds of friendships...

My younger sister recently had a rough break up. And with any serious break up, heartbreak, sadness, loneliness, and the inevitable question of “Will I ever meet the right person?” abound. Watching her experience has brought back many memories of my own rough and tumble path that led me to my husband. The boyfriends, the dates, the friendships even...

  Eleven years after meeting the man I would marry, I look back and see that we’ve been through a lot together—from losing a child and jobs, to stress and depression, to sickness and moving. We have fought against each other, but we have always fought together to defend our love, our marriage, and our friendship. Our journey together started when we were...

“A man is only as good as his word,” my dad always told me, and I’ve tried to live by that quote my whole life, including when I was dating and now in marriage. When Tonya and I first started dating, she listened to country and pop music, and I liked rock. But what I didn’t do is pretend to like the music she did, because that would’ve been lying. When...

Sex isn’t everything in a relationship. I’ve had a tendency in my relationships to put a lot of emphasis on sex, but I’ve had friends and family members point out to me that a lasting relationship can’t be built on a sexual connection alone. Friendship, trust, and communication are the things that really make a strong foundation for a relationship. I’ve...

  I’ve noticed that a lot of people think a husband, wife, and one to two children is too big of a family—or at least, they think it’ s a large family. Having a large family seems to invite comments, and not all of them kind or even rational. “Don’t you know what causes that?” I’ve heard people ask, which makes me want to scream (though it just...

About six months before our wedding, a friend asked my fiancée and me what we were most looking forward to about marriage. I said I couldn’t wait to wake up next to him, never having to say goodbye at the end of the night. He answered quite plainly: sex. It was true. In fact, we were both very much looking forward to sex. We were crazy about each other, and couldn’t...

If you told me four years ago, that I would still be single. I can tell you one thing, I certainly wouldn’t have been caught dead writing about still being single. In fact, when I first moved to Washington, D.C, I distinctly remember going to a talk that was titled something like, “Living the Single Life Well.” The woman presenting was in her mid-thirties,...

I remember pulling off my driveway with tears in my eyes and a heavy feeling in my stomach, leaving John standing there, waving goodbye. It would be 37 days until I would see him again, and I was dreading long distance. I was full of all sorts of fears. What if we didn’t get to talk as much? What if we started to grow apart? What if I couldn’t relate to his new...

Last week I completed the biggest home improvement project I’ve ever taken on. After six months of blood, sweat, and even tears our basement is finished. For some guys this would be no big deal, but as my wife would be quick to point out, I’m no handyman. She famously waited two years for me to put baseboards in our living room, and the three year old hole in...