5 Things Stopping You From Getting Married

Sometimes Love is just unnecessarily weird.It seems as if when we’re in desperate search of it we can’t find it and when we’ve finally learned to live without it, love knocks on our door unannounced, heart-in-hand with a box of chocolates like it never left. If you’ve ever truly loved then you know just how amazing it feels and to want that feeling forever is completely understandable. If you’ve been dating FOR-EV-ER and you’ve wondered why you’re not married here are five important things to consider:1.You’re dating the wrong person....more

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Thinking About Divorce?

I came across a website that featured a link entitled "Thinking about divorce? Contact an attorney for the right advice." Somehow, that struck me as wrong. Sure, if you must get divorced, a good attorney can help you come to a fair financial settlement, work out custody arrangements, and process the paperwork. ...more

5 Ways to Balance Marriage and Being a Work-At-Home-Mom

I don't think I'll ever forget the look on my husbands face when he came home from work shortly after I decided it was time for me to start working again. My youngest was only a few months old at the time and I was ready to get back into my work at home mom routine. I knew what it looked like for me but my husband hadn't experienced it full force. He saw the part time, "I'm slowing down because I'm pregnant" work at home mom routine. So when he came home to see me running around the house, making dinner, taking photos and responding to emails, he expression was priceless. ...more
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Wedding Stories

Every wedding has a story. It usually isn’t told in the design of the dress or the Pinterest perfect decorations.  The story lies beneath all the careful planning and the high expectations of the day. They are the simple moments, the quiet corners, the small gestures, and the hilarious goofs that aren’t disclosed in the perfectly staged wedding photos. These are the stories we tell and retell over family dinners. We laugh and even shed a few tears over these anecdotes. They complete our total wedding narratives....more

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
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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