I broke down the other night. I approached my husband in tears, and I told him that I wanted another baby. He looked at me stunned because he just had gotten the all clear from the urologist after his...
When my husband left, my friends and family surrounded me with a level of love and support that still brings tears to my eyes. I woke up to supportive texts almost every morning. I came home more than once...
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Co-parenting. It’s not really a situation anyone ever dreams of finding themselves in. To my knowledge, no one gets married, has kids, and then gets divorced, only to rejoice in finding themselves learning to navigate the murky waters of...
“Would you like to schedule another session?” The words caught me off-guard. The change was almost imperceptible, but it was there. A key word was missing from her usual question: WHEN. “When would you like to schedule another session?”...
The first Christmas after my ex-husband and I separated was rough. We were navigating the very new waters of co-parenting and trying to figure out how we could both be with our boys on Christmas morning. Gift-giving for anyone...
I was living a textbook life. I was raised in a conservative church, met my husband in the youth group and married him at 19. I finished my education degree and spent several years surviving the world of teaching...
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I can do a pull up. A full, real deal, no-cheats pull up. It took me 32 years, one Amazon Prime pull up bar order, and a final decision to train for American Ninja Warrior (ANW). But I finally...
I was a stay-at-home mom for seven years (not counting the 14 months in the middle I was away from home to deploy overseas), and I loved every minute of it. I’m an introvert by nature and I was...
“How are you?” seems to be a generic greeting now-a-days. People don’t always wait for an answer. Some don’t even expect an answer. But if a response is given, it’s almost always either a quick and cheerful, “I’m good!...
I received an email from my sons’ school one day, asking if it would be OK if they sent Snack Packs home with my kids. At first, I was confused. I knew what the program was; we have them at...
The divorce rate is going down, but so is the marriage rate. More couples are having children as non-married partners. I'm a professional counselor (...substitute "therapist," "shrink," "talk doc"), and many of my clients are shocked to find out that...
Dear Kids, I should start a letter like this with "I'm sorry." I'm sorry you have different last names, and I'm sorry that your lives are an intermingling of arrivals and departures. Being married twice was never my plan, but if I...
The summer after 2nd grade, my family moved into the house in Houston where I remember most of my childhood. Two little boys lived two doors down - the sons of my 2nd grade teacher who were nearly lined...

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