That Moment I Listed My Never-Worn Wedding Gown on eBay

One day in 2009, Halloween to be exact, my mom and I went shopping at the mall and began looking for wedding dresses. Let me set the scene: my ex-boyfriend and I had been together over one year and he wanted to move in together. I did not. I have written about him before. He's the douchebag that I lived with, who broke up with me over text message. Yup, that happened. Anyway, we moved in together after all and things were going well, and when he told me he wanted to marry me, I said sure.The conversation pretty much went like this:...more
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Words on Relationships; by a Marriage Therapist

     There are myriads of reasons that a couple may enter the therapy process.  The most often repetitive theme seems to encompass adjustment issues, communication deficiencies in conflict management, and inability to express and manage emotional states, sometimes coupled with an inability to be able in the relationship with a voluntary behavior or communication to show love, support, and affection.  ...more

We Made It A Year!

And so ends the first year of my marriage. Time sure does go by quickly! My parents celebrate 30 years at the end of this month. Didn’t we just celebrate their 25th? October is already half over. Time just seems to be coming at me full speed these days. Can we slow it down?What a whirlwind this week has been!We’ve also reached the end of a crazy and hectic month. With multiple trips back to Maryland and visitors on the weekends in between, I’m happy to say that we have very little planned for this weekend....more

7 Things That Have Kept Us Married For 47 Years

It sometimes seems so surreal that Mr. Cottage and I married 47 years ago.  It seems like a long time ago, but it doesn't feel like it's been that long.  Doesn't time fly when you're having fun?...more
HauteDerriere the details might be surprising at the end or in the end.more

Moving in With Your Significant Other: What You Need to Know

Moving in with your significant other is a huge step. A massive step! But it’s also an exciting and awesome and fun step. Dave and I both knew very early in our relationship that this was it – we were going to be together forever. We weren’t ready to get married, but we knew we would get married someday....more

The Day My View of Weddings Changed

When I was little, I was a flower girl in a couple of weddings. Back then, I just thought weddings were pretty. Pretty flowers, pretty dresses, pretty girls. Just pretty....more

I Need To Start Dating Again

 I need to start dating again. I really do. I need the break from reality, the getting dressed up, the company, the attention, time to stop being “mom” and get back to being me… all of it! I want to go out and get to know someone better.But I don’t want to get back in to the dating scene. I want to date my husband....more

He Was Beheaded! Such Things Happen In The Best Families. In Fact, Usually In The Best Families.

Rusty and I have known each other since school days....more

You Want HOW MANY Kids?!

0 or 15, it's nobody's business but your's and your spouse's....more

The Importance of Premarital Counseling: What We Got Out of It

When Dave and I were planning our wedding, we went back and forth a lot on whether we would do premarital counseling. I had spoken with other women who really enjoyed it and felt they got a lot out of it, so I suggested to Dave that we give it a shot. Dave wasn’t quite as excited at the prospect and felt it might be a waste of time. Not that he’s opposed to working out improving our relationship. He just wasn’t convinced that a stranger would be the best person to advise us on it....more
I couldn't agree more. I grew up in the Catholic Church and wanted to get married in the church ...more