You know how it goes…you used to love sex, you used to feel sexy, but now? You sleep in a bra stuffed with nursing pads, and slap your partner’s hand away when he or she leans in for a...
It’s not “I love you,” "I do," or “You’re the most wonderful woman in the world,” although it’s definitely nice to hear that.  The most romantic words my husband ever said came when we were watching a late-night talk...
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  Something happened last night. Something that doesn't happen as often as I would like, or as infrequently as I think. Something that every married couple (especially) should be doing regularly. Something that is awesome and natural. Something that is...
As long as we are in the child-rearing stages of life, our time and attention are largely focused on our kids and their needs. However, someday—perhaps sooner than we realize—we will also be involved in important decisions impacting the...
You know those friendships, the ones you had before the kids came along, that just don't seem to work anymore? Maybe they’re not parents yet and don’t understand how your life has changed. Or perhaps they are mothers too,...
My husband brought his Labrador Willie with him on our first date. Willie was at our wedding. He wasn't at the hospital when our son was born, but he did take pictures with our boy when he was just...
Remember the person you fell in love with? Remember those butterflies and tingles? The sparks? The kisses? The date nights? The exquisite intimacy (and probably the reason you are now a mom)? Oh, yeah, those... it might feel like a...
When asked to write about a mom who inspires me, I knew right away who I would write about. While my own mom is awesome and inspiring, I know she will forgive me if I write about my friend,...

Creating a Year of Dates

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My husband and I started dating when we were 19. We met the summer between our freshman and sophomore year in college. After 11 years of being “just us," we became a family of three. Unlike some couples, we...
As a working mom, one of the things I’m sorely lacking in is actual human interaction with other moms with children around the same age as mine. You know, the ones that are going through the exact same things...

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