MARRIAGE

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Valentine's date night in

I love date nights at home. Honestly, I'd choose a quiet night at home with Mark over going out almost anytime. We started these dates when our children were babies and went to bed early. It felt expensive and tiresome to regularly set…
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stay-cation

Although Mark and I try to have at least a weekend or two a year to ourselves, we generally go away for those days, holing up in a place where someone else makes our bed and food, and we can slip out of most every typical role and routine, parenthood…

foundations

I remember the night you called me, your voice awkward and intentional, "I need to see you. We need to talk." I assumed it was the end of us, what little of us existed after a date and a smattering of lengthy conversations. I couldn't imagine…
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an indoor picnic date

As parents, Mark and I have learned to be creative about our "dates." Every other week we have a legitimate night-out to ourselves, but between those evenings, we squeeze whatever random moments we can. Fortunately, we're both pretty…
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preface

"This is not our home," Mark told the kids, pointing to the house we'd lived in the last seven years -- the only house they have known or remember. It was Thanksgiving weekend last year, and we were sleeping in the backyard, snuggled in…

happy father's day.

These single days of the year we set aside to salute the parents in our lives feel to me a bit like fitting a blue whale in my 5' bathtub. I usually try to make the most of it with more decadent breakfasts or planned adventures, but this…

a swelling happiness

Mark's currently taking a class on radical publishers/writers during the British Romantic period -- which of course creates 1700 pages of  light summer reading for him. (Wink. Wink.)  Although he at times must  drudge through these heavy…

a {public} note about love: eleven years of marriage

Mark and I are married 11 years today, a year that has been the most difficult and yet binding; the kind of year that forces our heart roots, once shallow and neatly divided, deeper into a tangled labyrinth desperate for living water. We know…