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The Unexpected Blessing of a Second Father

This month of celebrating fathers is bittersweet for me. I am caught between celebrating my husband and missing my father terribly. As the years pass, the pain and sadness of my father being gone eases a bit more. In recent years, I have made it through Father’s Day without crying at all. It’s a milestone. […]

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The Truth About My “Perfect” Marriage

My husband and I met in college and have been together for almost 12 years. We started dating in 2004 as irresponsible and immature college students, and in the last 12 years, we’ve somehow grown into two fully functioning adults with great jobs, a nice home, and a beautiful daughter. Our life is pretty wonderful, […]

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Loving A Significant Other With Depression

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Originally, I was going to give a few “how to’s” related to loving someone with mental illness, but today I realized that there is no certain path. My husband has battled depression since he was 14 years old and recently had to be hospitalized for suicidal ideation. I’d known for a […]

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Don’t Feel Bad; I Love Staying Home

I am a stay-at-home mom, and I’m not ashamed to say that I love it. I don’t miss working. I don’t miss answering to a boss. I don’t miss the drama of taxes. When we had our son my first thought was, “Well, I’ll just take a few months off after the baby is born,” […]

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That Time Aunt Lindsay Dated a Homeless Guy: A Cautionary Tale for My Daughter

Dear Daughter, I swear I blinked, and you’re already one year old. I watched you looking out the window into our backyard: in your pigtails and pink shoes. I’m afraid that if I blink again, you’ll be driving and dating and I won’t be worried about whether you ate enough vegetables today, but instead about […]

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My Phrase for 2016: “Make It Count”

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” —Annie Dillard The baby had gone down with relative ease; I’d just finished an episode of the deliciously entertaining first season of Unreal; and I was ready to collapse in bed with a book and a mug of tea. As I rose from […]

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