I’m gonna be real for a second – sometimes I need a TO. Like, more than hiding in the closet for a few minutes or taking an extra-long shower. Between the loads of laundry, weekday schedules, sleep schedules (or lack...

Redefining Strength

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I’ve had an awful couple of years.  Feel free to judge me for this, but I previously wondered about people who seemed to be dealing with one tragedy after another.  I harshly wondered if they were bringing this onto...
Today is my fourth wedding anniversary.  As I sit here and reflect on these past four years, I remember losing loved ones, becoming parents, buying our first home, and starting new jobs.  The road hasn't always been easy, but it's been...
Marriage is hard.  Relationships, in general, are hard. Maintaining bonds with friends, family, partners, and even colleagues requires time, commitment, and patience – resources of which I have very little. I’ve always found relationships difficult. All of them. Platonic, familial, sexual....
Dear Husband, I miss you, I miss US. Remember when it was just you and I? Remember when we had no kids taking up all of our time for what it seems like 24/7? I miss sleeping in with you,...
He doesn't understand the pain his words cause me. "All lives matter," he says. "It's a police brutality issue, not racism. Cops kill white people too," he says.  Twenty plus years of an imperfect marriage; we've said our fair share...
Dearest, Well, we have officially made one whole hand of marriage.  Looking back over the past five years, I humbly smile thinking about how far we have come and how much we have accomplished.  I also silently reflect thinking about friends...
One-on-one time is hard to come by in our household between my husband and I. Date nights are sometimes just nights in with a movie and popcorn on the couch, which are fun but usually just turn into falling...

The Marriage Game

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Dear Newlyweds... I want to rewind and walk you through my life 9 years ago.   I was days from getting married. We had dated for 4 years. I knew his family. I knew his dreams. I knew what we wanted for...
Marriage in today's society is alarmingly unsuccessful. According to the American Psychological Association, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce.  I think something that contributes deeply to this is that we take on the role...

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Top 7 Pittsburgh Area Date Nights

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For 2020 my husband and I decided on one of my favorite New Year’s resolutions yet—Monthly Date night!!! My parents live local to us...

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