Growing up no one ever talked to me about sex. I didn’t get sex education in school, and while I went to Sunday school and church, no one ever taught me that you were just supposed to have sex with one person. I was never taught what sex really was: that it’s so much more than just sex, that it’s supposed to be something between a husband and wife—that...

There have been many times in my life when I’ve reached that point when a relationship seemed too broke to fix. But I’ve come to realize that rough times are just that—a rough patch. It does not mean you have to give up the moment things get tough just because you don’t want to deal with it. If there is a good reason to end the relationship, like abuse or...

I think every guy wrestles with the question, “Do I measure up as a man?” Ever since I was a little kid I know this was a question on my heart, and I would compete constantly to prove that I had what it takes. And by the standards I grew up with I was pretty successful, I was popular and athletic. I dated girls and I had things to do on the weekend. Then shortly...

My mom recently had a birthday, so she, my sister, and I gathered for a weekend to celebrate. Truth be told, a birthday was really just a good excuse to put it on the calendar: we had been talking about doing a girls’ weekend for quite some time. I am the first to admit that my husband is my very best friend in the world, and my hunch is that my mom and sis would...

The week after our daughter’s first birthday, my husband and I unexpectedly fell into a rough financial patch. Overnight, our once comfortable lifestyle turned into a struggle to make ends meet. As months turned into the better part of a year, we found ourselves faced with re-evaluating our budgets, career dreams, and the future we’d always imagined for ourselves....

My relationship with my husband has given me lots of opportunities for insecurity about my identity as a woman and a wife. He’s the neat freak; I’m the messy, clumsy one. We’re both introverts, but he forms relationships fairly easily; I tend to be more task-oriented and aloof. Though we both know our way around the kitchen, he’s definitely the baker extraordinaire...

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...