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Marriage, Kids, and So Much Touch

Sharon Family, Marriage 10 Comments

It was the end of a long day, and I was exhausted and ready for bed. I crawled under the covers, pulled them up to my chin, and let out a long sigh. Our youngest son was five months old, so I breathed in the peace and quiet. No children were crying. No babies needed holding. No diapers needed changing. It was nice. My husband …

That Billy Graham Rule

Sharon Marriage 20 Comments

Nearly a year ago, my husband took a job as a pastor in North Carolina. His career-shift brought with it new challenges and questions, one of which was this: What boundaries should we have for our marriage? It’s not that we didn’t have boundaries before, but Ike had been a grad student until then. As a pastor he would lead women, counsel women, and …

The Myth of the Saintly Wife

Sharon Marriage 0 Comments

I don’t know if you’ve ever surveyed the greeting card section for husbands and dads, but let me tell you something–the pickins are pretty slim. I re-encountered this Hallmarkian wasteland a few weeks ago when I picked out a birthday card for Ike. As I stood in the card aisle at Target, I waded through a mire of fart jokes, …

I Didn’t Know What I Was Saying

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Two nights ago my husband and I were debating whether or not to make plans for Valentine’s Day. This year, Valentine’s is 4 days before my due date, so you can imagine our predicament. I could have a baby by then, or I could be in labor, or I could be eating insane amounts of spicy Mexican food trying to …

On Marrying a Younger Man

Sharon Dating, Marriage 9 Comments

A few weeks ago I came across a blog post titled 10 Women Christian Men Should Not Marry. Some of the advice was sound. It advised against marrying women who are not followers of Christ, as well as women who love to gossip or slander. Those are wise warnings. As for the rest of the list, I cannot agree with …

Fighting to Keep the Fun in Marriage

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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 may have heard of the …

5 Lessons from 5 Years of Marriage

Sharon Leadership, Love, Marriage 2 Comments

On Friday Ike and I celebrated 5 years of marriage together! Woohoo! Around this time each year, I find myself reflecting on how our lives have changed, what the future holds, and what I’ve learned in between. I’m not sure I could distill all those lessons into one single blog post, but in celebration of the last 5 years I …

Why I Doubt My Husband Believes In Me

Sharon Marriage 10 Comments

On Sunday night I watched an old documentary about the marriage between Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth. Narrated by Walter Cronkite, the documentary was a fascinating look at the well known couple and their unique relationship. Although the two clearly loved one another, they had a difficult marriage. At one point Ruth jokingly admitted that, had God asked her …

The Proverbs 31 Man

Sharon Marriage 11 Comments

It was the end of a long day. Ike and I sat on our bed facing one another, weary from the craziness of caring for a small child. My legs were crossed on our rumpled sheets as we debriefed our respective schedules. Since Isaac was born, these late night pow-wows have become a daily bookend to our busy lives. Each …

Gossip in Marriage: The Ugly Truth

Sharon Gossip, Marriage 4 Comments

One of the things I love most about my husband is that he’s always in my corner. No matter what happens, even when I fail, he still loves me and thinks I’m awesome. He has seen my ugliest sides but still thinks I’m great and wants to be married to me. I am SO grateful for that kind of support. …