Fighting to Keep the Fun in Marriage

On Sunday morning, Ike and I will wake up early, board a plane, and head to Disney World for six days, just the two of us, without our son. We’re doing this for one, very important reason: Science. Yep. Science. You see, a few years ago I heard about an interesting study on marriage. You…
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Silencing the Roar of a Thousand Opinions

My husband is a gracious man so he won’t admit this openly, but I have a long history of embarrassing him in public. Take the Chocolate Cake Incident of 2009. It was our first year of marriage and we were at Disney World. We were dining at the Canadian restaurant in Epcot, and we had…
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That Awkward Moment When Your Whole Identity Shifts

Two and a half years ago, Ike and I drove across town once a week, for 10 weeks, to attend a birthing class. We wanted to learn as much as we could about the experience ahead, so we enrolled in a rigorous course. In that class we learned about everything–the stages of labor, how to…
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“Don’t Ever Have a Girl”

It wasn’t long after we found out we were having another boy that I began to field this question from people: “Do you think you’ll ever try for a girl?” This question makes me laugh, because it’s sort of like asking, “Do you think you’ll try to win the lottery?” Not that girls are the…
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The Woman Who Looked Back

At some time or another, every person has the following, ground-shifting realization: I am not a kid anymore. I’m an adult. It’s time to let go and grow up. This is the story of when that happened to Ike and me. It was a hot summer night and I was 8 months pregnant with Isaac….
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