As parents, we spend a fair amount of time agonizing over our mistakes. Certainly, we would have done many things differently. If only we hadn’t been grown children ourselves when we made our relationship choices and eventually married. Most of us had no idea our marriages would end. If we had, we wouldn’t have walked…

I recently read a social media post where various members of the divorce industry offered their thoughts. The topic? Essentially, the need for a better more collaborative divorce system. Of course, in a perfect world, we would love to see mature, accountable, respectful adults painlessly divide their union. It’s not that simple. The problems with…

If it is possible for a child of divorce to feel lucky – I am that child. I would say I even felt privileged. There was absolutely no self-pity. And most of the pain simultaneously dried with the tears of a five-year-old girl bidding farewell to her dad.  I won’t lie. It was heartbreaking. Every child…

There are those who navigate divorce with relative ease. But for many, the end of a marriage is painful and overwhelming. It is a time filled with family, financial, and future worries. Even in the best of situations, it can be daunting. In the worst of situations, it can involve a spouse who is exercising…

Last year we discovered the magic of Godwinks meets the Hallmark Channel. A delicious mixture of holidays, romance, and spirituality. Even better? These divine coincidences are based on true stories. The type of tales that inspire hope, faith, and love. Just what the holiday season ordered. If you haven’t yet heard the term Godwinks, it is “A coincidence that isn’t…

There are defining moments that lead to the choice to remain or abandon a failing marriage. Stepping stones towards an ultimate relationship destination. But there are usually one or two which make the final decision. Whether an individual stays or goes. And both, are typically born out of the love of for our children. The…

The answer to this question lies within just one individual…YOU. No one can make this decision for you. Though many will try. My closest family and friends urged me to leave for years. Of course, I knew they were right. I knew they were fighting for me. I knew they could see things objectively. I…

Matters of the heart are messy, right? It’s impossible to move on from most relationships, right? The answer to both of these questions would be yes. Yet, we are the ones who often get in our own way. We rationalize why we stay in unhealthy relationships.  And because of this fact, we remain in them…

Love is confusing. Logic might say it’s because it involves not just matters of the heart but two different people. And that would be true. But what makes it even more baffling is somehow we mistakenly think we can do the work of two people. This bears repeating…we believe we can do the work of…

I write about love and marriage because it’s complicated. And because there are people out there struggling to find hope in difficult situations. Individuals who in the name of faith and family, work and sacrifice to hold onto what we hold dear. I was one of them. Yet, the day came when I had to…

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