When You’re Trying to Help Your Wounded, Younger Self

We’re twenty minutes into arguing about throwing First Girl a birthday party before it slowly dawns on me that this isn’t about her at all. At least not really. I’m standing there arguing that she needs some friends when I’m really fighting hard for another little girl. A girl I know all too well who…

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Here’s the Thing You Need to Know About Great Love

It’s that week of paper hearts and too much red and not so great chocolate. People are scrambling to have that perfect date or maybe bemoaning that yet again, they’re without a plus one. Us? We’re in two separate cities in what has become a temporary normal. But then ours is not an ordinary relationship.…

When You’re Wanting to Be Surprised This Christmas

The air is crisp as we drag in our tree, the first tree in our first home. We string the lights and set up the few decorations we've managed to cart around with us these roaming years. And then we all step back to look. You can almost feel the room fill with wonder and…

One Brave Thing You Can Do To Make Your Mark

I’m sitting on the bathroom floor sobbing, out of answers, full of questions and torn between wanting to run away and not having the strength to take another step. I’m stuck somewhere between discouraged and defeated, battling anger and burdened with sadness. You can dream about fighting giants “out there” but never imagine that demons…