December is upon us and the holiday hustle-bustle has officially commenced. A Hallmark Christmas movie is emitting cheesy Christmas romance from my TV and my sugar cookie candle is delighting my senses. It’s Friday night and I’m sipping hot cocoa as a freezing rain drizzles outside my window. All is well, except one thing. I’m alone. I’m a...

My day started at 5:00 this morning when, through my dreamy sleep, I heard our three-year-old Danny yell “Mom! Mom!” I bustled over to his room, eager to keep our nine-month-old Peter asleep. It didn’t work, and after great struggling, we all got up about an hour later. But that was okay, we told ourselves, peppering ourselves with positive talk. At least now...

After months of spending time alone and sharing meaningful, intimate conversation with one of her guy friends, a close girlfriend of mine dialed his phone number with shaking hands and told him how she felt. She was petrified. What if he didn’t feel the same way? What if they were no longer close once he knew she liked him as more than a friend? Mary Kate and...

I have always considered myself damaged goods. My definition of damaged goods is being emotionally unstable and having a lot of issues when it comes to relationships. There is not a single relationship that I have been in that I haven’t had these problems. Flickr/Radek Piekarz I am emotionally damaged from being hurt and heartbroken over and over. I remember a time...

“Are you sure you’ve watched enough YouTube videos before you start?” my husband asked, skeptically glancing at the hair clippers in my hands. “Yes, l did,” I responded, slightly annoyed. I was mere seconds away from taking my first attempt at cutting Adam’s hair and now was not the time for him to doubt me. “I didn’t find them very helpful, though,”...

“So long as we’re still married, I’m going to do everything in my power to uphold these vows …. And I’m going to honor you for the rest of my days, if you’ll have me,” Joel told Julia in the most recent episode of Parenthood, in an emotional plea to have his wife back in his life. I, like many around the country, am a Parenthood fan. The TV show drama...

Seventy-two years ago, my grandfather caught my grandmother’s eye at a summer picnic. In order to get her attention, he was putting chocolate striped cookies in his mouth to make it look like he had rotten teeth.  Although she did not find his antics that amusing at first, she later agreed to go out with him. World War II was raging and gas was rationed, but...

My husband, Kyle, once told me that the phrase “burst into tears” took on a whole new, literal meaning for him the first time I tried to break up with him. He said tears burst forth from my eyes and my face burst into a full-on cry. We were a few months into our first round of dating (of two), sitting on the edge of my bed, knee-to-knee, having a talk. It was...

A vivid memory from my childhood is getting up with my dad well before humans are supposed to get out of bed (looking back, it was probably about 6 am) and heading to local grocery stores, where my dad would pick up bread, pastries, and other goods to drop off at our local food pantries. I didn’t realize it at the time but those car rides and conversations have...

I recently started a relationship and am wondering if I am moving too fast. In the past I have always moved quite fast and maybe that’s why things never worked out. In relationships I tend to jump all in, not afraid to drown. I start imagining the life that I want and that usually gets me into trouble. Nowadays we are in such a rush do everything and get it done,...