These are a very important part of the vows I took with my husband, and for the past couple of months we have been exploring the limits of what that means in our relationship. You typically recite these words...
  When my son was born I was 33, married 8 years, and had been employed by the same company for 7 years. Most of the people I’m lucky enough to call friends have been in my life in some...
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....
I felt completely alone when I first had my son, and I probably should have. I was an only child raising a child with a disability. With the exception of my own mother, I didn't feel as though I...
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...
My husband and I were getting our oil changed at our local car dealership and I was teasing him in front of the receptionist. She asked, "are you with him because you need him or like him?" I responded...
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,...
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...
Today as I drove the winding, twisting, terrain I’ve come to know and love as home I was reminded of my marriage. The push and pull, the rise and fall, the ebb and flow. Marriage is a tricky thing....

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...

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Top 7 Pittsburgh Area Date Nights

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For 2023 my husband and I decided on one of my favorite New Year’s resolutions yet—Monthly Date night!!! My parents live local to us...