In college I dated a few guys who said they loved me, and maybe they even believed they did. I didn’t believe them though. But, when I was dating my husband, I remember how I knew that when he said he loved me, he meant it. The difference between my husband and all those other guys is that when I spoke he listened and he was even willing to set aside his own...

In a few days I’ll travel to San Francisco to visit my little brother for spring break and I can’t help but think of Dan’s adventurous spirit. Dan had a passion for traveling and traversed the entire US in addition to a staggering 52 countries around the world. Getting ready for a trip is certainly different without Dan, but it is stirring up some of the most...

Planning my wedding was both exciting and nerve-wracking.  I was so thrilled to be marrying Josh, the man I had been dating since high school and the father of our beautiful daughter. We wanted to celebrate our commitment and make our family official so that we could continue to plan our future together and combine our lives, but we were also anxious about what...

My husband was good at dating. He approached it like a mission, serious about getting to know me and win me. And, you know what? My husband is really good at being married, too. This isn’t an accident. Laura and Kyle’s engagement photo taken by Sarah Syhakhoun. If the goal is to get marry and stay marry for life, that makes dating really important. In the...

Dear Me, There are so many things that I want to say to you, things that could make your life better and decisions that you can make to ease some of your pain. Brittany’s younger self. I see you there, sixteen and insecure, with your blue-tipped bleach blonde hair, walking the halls of your school,  fishing on the weekends with friends, trying to figure out...

The first time I asked Kara out she said no. I was a little surprised, but not discouraged. I was pretty sure she was into me, and so I just needed to know what was behind her rejection. It turns out a big part of it was our different visions of the future. Adam winning the family turkey trot with teammate and wife Kara, who got second place. I had just gotten back...

When my husband and I got engaged, we had very little money between the two of us. We were both in college. He had work-study that gave him $200 a month, and I worked at a Group Home for people with developmental disabilities. My husband lived at home and I lived with his Aunt which kept both of our expenses down. We both knew that we would be paying for the bulk...

The past few weeks have been hard. I lost my job because of a disagreement with the supervisor, and I had to beg for money for diapers and wipes, and scrap up food so that my fiancee and daughter could just eat. It feels like every time I gain some ground and start getting some footing in life, I just lose it all back. Something happens and it feels like I’m all...

I love my husband because he first loved me. That may sound unromantic, but as I learned, it’s quite the opposite! We met through mutual friends Thanksgiving of 2007. My husband was doing an internship in my hometown and I was visiting home after a difficult first semester of college with no idea that my life was about to change forever. Christina and her husband. We...

My ex wrote me on Facebook and called me babe and it made me mad. I asked him to stop, and he went off on me. “You’re a bad mom and a worthless human being,” he typed, and the words cut me to the core. “If you’re not gonna be nice, then I’m not going to talk to you right now,” I responded. And then I shut my phone. Brittany and her daughter. Sometimes...