I know in my heart that the best days I had before I knew the four most important people in my life can't even hold a candle to my worst day being a wife and mom.
Religious extremism is alive and well in the Duggar household, and its ugly tentacles extend far beyond the reach of the family's matriarch, Michelle.
We were sitting at the pub just a few miles from our house, my husband Michael and I, enjoying a pint of beer and surveying the menus. No kids, no curfew---just two wanna-be hipsters in their mid-to-late thirties pretending we were cool again.
The topic of transformation following divorce often leaves me wondering. Do we need attorneys, custody arrangements, and divorce parties to evolve or reconnect with our authentic selves? Can we change without imploding a relationship?
Oh young, or even not young, love! Remember when you would crack jokes and your wife would laugh and laugh? That's over now, my friend. Well, sometimes she still laughs, but not like before.
If we accept from the beginning that marriage is a long-term process and journey available to committed partners, our expectations, our standards of achievement, and our prospects for success will all be changed in the direction of more successful, durable and satisfying partnerships.
Remaining in a sexless marriage? For me, it was by far the loneliest place I have ever lived.
Amber Stevens first met Andrew J. West on the set of ABC's Greek in 2008, where they played an onscreen couple.
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How can I "celebrate" with my in-laws who are both having a second birthday without their beloved son? How can I lighten up when I worry so much about my daughter? How can I lighten up when I'm grieving my love of 20-something years?
When Dan told me he didn't plan on taking my last name, I felt like less of a woman.
I have a wedding anniversary coming up, the one where people say couples begin to "itch." I haven't had that feeling, but if the word itch was replaced by annoyed, then I would quickly agree that yes, the old adage is true.
Arguments and disagreements are going to happen. They're part of life. And the most important step to repairing them is to hear the other person's perspective and to let them know you're really listening. To respect their opinion. And naturally they need to do the same for you.
There are several keys to being an effective partner in a marriage. First and foremost you have to know yourself well enough to be wise to your motivations, quirks, downfalls and strengths which will impact your marriage and you must know those same elements in your partner.
It probably applies to both genders. I should start by saying this is not a scientific sampling; it's just women I met from different religions and backgrounds. This is what I found from my own interviews:
As an ordained minister of a small Lutheran congregation, I am uniquely committed to the social and religious institution of marriage and the role it plays in raising children and in providing life-long companionship.