If Bruce had told me about his gender issue when we first began getting romantically involved, I would not have married him. Pure and simple. But looking back, I'm so grateful to God, the universe, and Bruce that I didn't know, and that Bruce played the role in my life that he did.
Confession time. Yes, LGBT people are absolutely making a choice. They are choosing to be the most honest, authentic versions of themselves. The only relevant choice for straight Christians is whether we are willing to examine both our personal opinions and our theology accordingly. The choice is ours.
In the middle of a divorce, you never really know what's coming.
City dwellers eager to leave behind the stresses and worries of their day-to-day lives can't do much better than a trip to the Caribbean, where all-inclusive resorts, quaint colonial towns, beautiful beaches and constant sunshine delight over 10 million American visitors every year.
It's been three years since the divorce, but it occurred to me this morning that I had something I needed to tell my ex-husband. And it's only this: there were nice times too.
Last night while the whole family was gathered together to watch a basketball game we noticed Murphy, our Cocker Spaniel, was acting strangely. I called the vet and described his behavior and she advised me to bring him in to the office. I
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom may be the "Happiest Place on Earth," but ask a family who staked out their perfect spot on Main Street U.S.A.
It's a pretty simple concept -- fall in love and share your life together. Our great grandparents did it, our grandparents followed suit, and for many of us, our parents did it as well. Why the hell can't we? Our generation just isn't equipped to handle marriages -- and here's why.
There are many paths to recovering from infidelity, and many couples are able to look back at the affair as a time that facilitated tremendous growth in their relationship. Sometimes, it helps shine a light on problems in the marriage, or opens up a dialogue about sex and intimacy.
I'd rather have a slightly dirty house than be a servant, and eventually they'll learn that small daily efforts are better for housekeeping than quarterly fumigations.
You want to keep from them the agony of failure, the pain of rejection and the self-conscious awkwardness of not fitting in. You want your child to walk through the world believing they can do anything and be anyone and that they are special. I get all that. I just disagree.
Any man can be by your side on the sunny days. The real test of character is whether or not he will hold the umbrella over you during the stormy days.
Do you ever look back at a photo and think, 'Wow, I looked so much better back then?' even though at the time, you didn't think you looked that great? Well that is how I feel right now when I look at this picture.
In December of 2014, I went into the hospital for my final surgery. When I woke up, my colostomy bag was gone, and I was on the road to recovery. It's funny -- the little things. The little things sometimes teach us the biggest lessons in life.
We were finally adults, with a house payment, actually two, grown-up jobs, and a bright future ahead of us. We had been so in love, so happy, and rarely ever fought. And then slowly it changed.
I was tortured by sex when I was a young woman. I went from being an awkward, skinny bookworm to a curvy 16-year-old almost overnight. I wasn't used to attracting male attention and I felt simultaneously powerful and powerless.