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It's Okay to Ask for What You Need | Marriage is About Helping Each Other
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It’s Okay to Ask for What You Need

My marriage is built on the assumption that we are full partners in life. That means each one of us does our best to help the other in the best ways we can. But we are not mind readers; we have to ask for what we need. The trouble with this straightforward understanding of our […]

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Important Life Lessons from the Birthday-Obsessed

It’s Jamie’s birthday! My sweet husband loves his birthday. He loves it so much, in fact, that every time he looks at the clock and sees that it is 11:14 (am or pm), he announces, “Hey look! It’s my birthday!” When I met him, I thought this was one of his adorable quirks. But over […]

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Rose Tinted Magical Love Story
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Rose-Tinted Magical Love Story

I was very lucky to grow up with my great-grandfather. He passed away when I was in high school, which seemed completely tragic at the time. Now I know what an incredible gift it is that I had 16 long years to get to know him and grow close to him. Since my grandparents were […]

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Stomping All Over the Carpet | How My In-Laws Became My Friends
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Stomping All Over the Carpet

How My In-Laws Became My Friends My husband and I married fairly young, at just 23 years old. Of all of the stress and changes that I expected in the process, there was one that came as a huge shock: in-laws. I had no idea how much work in-laws would take. I was young and […]

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My Husband Doesn't Give Me Permission | Making Marriage a Partnership
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Partnership

My Husband Doesn’t Give Me Permission

I can’t get this conversation out of my head: “Did she just say she had to ask her husband for his permission? She is a CEO for Christ’s sake!” This thought came while I was listening to a podcast over the summer. I won’t name which one to protect the innocent (or innocently misguided?). But, […]

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My Husband’s Not a Mind Reader… And That’s Okay | Being a Partner
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My Husband’s Not a Mind Reader… And That’s Okay

There are a million unique experiences about being married to someone in the clergy. (My husband is a cantor.) One of the sweetest for me so far has been witnessing him officiating weddings. I love a good wedding. But when it’s one of those weddings when it’s a great couple and everyone is excited for […]

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Love is a Gamble | Science Behind a Long Lasting Relationship
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Love is a Gamble

For your enjoyment, a few ridiculous vignettes from my everyday life: Setting: Kitchen.Context: Absolutely nothing happening.Anna: “You know what’s really so true about Harry Potter?”Jamie: (Looks up and without missing a beat, replies.) “Tell me all about it.” Setting: Living Room.Context: Anna is watching television. Jamie walks in from the other room.Jamie: “Honey, I’m a […]

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