Amber and David watching fireworks from the roof of his apartment building on the night they were engaged. My husband David told me that he was in love with me two days after our first date. We were sitting at Starbucks and he leaned across the table and reached his hand across close to mine, and said, “Getting to know you is like discovering another universe. It’s...

“I am so excited about growing old with you, again!” I recently told my husband, Brian. It may sound like an odd thing to say after 13 years of marriage and two kids. But the past two years have been incredibly hard on our relationship. We’ve faced a number of stressful life events, including job losses, moving three times, health problems, financial strains,...

Shannon in her teenage years At 15 I had my first boyfriend and though he was a wonderful person and I respected him very much, I never had any romantic feelings for him. I dated him solely because it would make me look cooler. After a few months my conscience got the best of me and I broke up with him, but only set out on a rabbit trail of relationships afterward,...

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Renee Barron/ Flickr She’s thinking: “Please don’t ask…please don’t ask…please don’t ask…We were supposed to be in bed an hour ago, I know someone’s going to be crying for me tonight at least once, I have to get up early tomorrow because I didn’t have the energy tonight to prep anything to eat and we have to race out the door to a jam-packed...

Nathan Colquhoun/ Flickr It had been a long week, and my boyfriend and I really hadn’t spent much time together seeing as we were both working full-time and taking care of our other responsibilities at home. I missed the feeling of closeness to him that was lost in the rush. More than anything I just wanted to spend time with him, to sit on the couch with him to...

It was the spring after I met him. We were in a relationship, and I thought we were happy. We had gone out that night and I couldn’t find him at the club we had showed up to together. After a short search, I found him on a different floor. He was dancing with another girl — two girls actually. I remember feeling so upset I had to fight back tears. I pulled...

When I was young, I was a victim of abuse and neglect. As a result, I have struggled with mental and emotional health for most of my life. Particularly, numbing was my mechanism of survival. I am safe now. I am married to a wonderful man and I am the mother of three beautiful children. The birth of our first child awakened a gnawing in my heart, a voice that told...

At 19 years old, I hit rock bottom.  The dysfunctional relationships, the partying, the pleasure-driven life had gone on long enough and I was a mess.  I had struggled with depression and self-harm off and on for a few years by that point, and when I rounded out my third semester of college sitting in the office of the Dean of Students, I knew something had to change. I...

My parents were Amish. Got married young, had five kids by the time my mom had turned 31. They were farmers, with cows to milk, fields to sow, gardens to grow. David and his Amish family My oldest brother, Daniel, was born healthy. By his first birthday, he was walking and talking and laughing like any normal one-year old. One day, he was running a fever. The next...

I remember when I started dating Luke, my husband, I told myself that I was going to be completely honest with him – no pretending. No wearing skirts on every date when normally I’m in shorts and a T-shirt. I decided to be me, the way I was, and if he liked it well enough, he would stay. He didn’t seem to notice, or to care, that I had stress-induced...