Number Nine

Today was my 9th wedding anniversary. Nobody remembered. Not even me and Nick. Which was awesome! Because it means we’ve been together long enough that another year going by isn’t all that big of a deal. Ever since I got married, I’ve been looking forward to this stage of our relationship. I guess I felt…

What I Learned From Quitting Facebook

A word about self-confidence from the girl who (almost) shit her pants in 10th grade.  At 16, I came thiiiiiis close to being the first girl at Trinity Christian to crap her pants in the hallway. It had to have happened before… and it probably happened after I graduated… but, to my utter shock and…

Love Before the Internet

Reality refused to meet my sky-high expectations. So, I lowered them. I was born a hopeless romantic. Due to my life circumstance and trajectory, I was — for good or ill — enabled to stay that way much longer than most kids are these days, what with “sexting” and porn and the Internet. The Internet…

This Skill Keeps Me From Murdering My Husband

About a month ago, my husband and I endured one of the worst weeks of our marriage. Nothing of note was happening in our lives – no sudden financial crisis, or difficult family relationship meltdowns. We were just “off.” We had little to say to each other, casual conversation felt painful, and verbal landmines appeared…

How to Make Talking About Money Sexy

It’s no secret that Hollywood doesn’t really give us the whole story when it comes to real-life marriage and partnership. In the movies, you see spontaneous romance, serendipitous connection, and instantaneous love. You don’t see couples who have to work at their relationship. You don’t see main characters bickering over who has the right to…

How to Fail Your Kids in 72 Hours

Last week, my husband travelled to hunt Snow Geese in North Dakota, leaving me alone with the kids. I dove into it like a champ (meaning that I was in a state of complete denial): I am gonna get SO much work done, I lied to myself, and finally get alone time – yesssss.  After…