Pregnancy and the Fear of Losing Myself

One hot morning last summer, Matt and I had just gotten home from spending two weeks working a camp in Louisiana and were frantically unpacking and repacking for a month-long road trip to California, with only one day’s rest between the two. For the past year and a half, we had been living in a 1976 Airstream travel-trailer on our friends’ 40-acre homestead, and it … [Read more...]

When Introverts and Extroverts Marry

When Introverts and Extroverts Marry

I married the big man on campus. When we were in college he was always the center of attention. It seemed like everyone knew who he was no matter where he went, and he could make just about anyone laugh with his stories. Looking back, I guess this was part of what attracted me to him. His dynamic personality was the antithesis of mine, and I was drawn to it. I, on the … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Get the Hallmark Christmas You Want

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They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For some, it’s the most difficult time of the year; for the rest, it’s the most hectic time of the year. I fit into the first category—I love everything about the holidays: the festivities, the decorations, the food, the family time. But most of all, I love the holidays because they are packed full of sweet memories and rich … [Read more...]

8 Tips for an Awesome Road Trip with Your Spouse

8 Tips for an Awesome Road Trip with Your Spouse

It seemed like such a good idea. A tandem bike. A bicycle built for two. Cycling in perfect harmony in beautiful New Mexico. And we started off so strong for the first…quarter mile. It was hard. It was uncomfortable. It was un-fun and un-romantic. We were ready to call it a day after 30 minutes, but we were too proud. Then we got a flat (Praise the Lord), and turned … [Read more...]