12 ways we keep our blended family marriage strong

My husband and I dated for a few years before we got married, living in separate households and reveling in the excitement of coming together every weekend. We’d both been married before, and were now living as divorced single parents. I longed for the time when we could finally blend our households and things could become much simpler. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening.

How to make the first move

I went out to lunch with a coworker today. She's someone I have known for years, and have always thought she was just a wonderful person. As long as I've known her, she's been bubbly and upbeat, cheering others on around her in their endeavors, and just an inspiration on how to be a decent... Continue Reading →

Empty nest blissfulness

This week has been blissfully free of children.  Blissful, I tell you.  We've hardly done anything special.  In fact, most of it has been spent on the couch watching TV, or sitting side by side as we read our separate books, or even just doing nothing with no noise whatsoever.  I think that's our favorite. ... Continue Reading →

What I bring to the table.

“Your writing is so amazing,” Shawn told me, coming downstairs after spending an hour with the rough draft of my novel he’s been proofreading for the past several days. “I can see that you’ve taken some of the suggestions I’ve given you and grown as a writer.” He meant it as a compliment. And I... Continue Reading →

Dating your spouse

This article will publish in the Press Democrat on Friday, September 21. In a few weeks I will be getting married to Mr. W. The last year of our engagement has passed rapidly, but the last few months have been a whirlwind as we’ve crossed things off our list of things to do before the... Continue Reading →

Fighting the dumb fight

There's a moment in between the biggest fight of our life week and the time when we'll make up when it's realized I may have been insane.  This is the only explanation as to why I chose to purposely make up my bed on the couch to avoid sleeping with someone who got mad because... Continue Reading →

Relationship dealbreaker

This last week was overrun with an influx of celebrity breakups, making it kind of a sad week in the land of romance. There was some silence in the 'whys' of the break ups, but a few of them are speaking out on the cause. Seal and Heidi Klum: Apparently Seal has quite the temper.... Continue Reading →

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