July 1st, 2006

July 2

12 years ago today, we were cutting cake. Uneasy in the spotlight and horrified by wedding guests (who were those people anyway?) who urged me to smear your face with frosting, I looked to you for comfort and reassurance. And I found it.

All these years later, you’re still the first one I turn to. For strength. For comfort. For laughter. For reassurance and encouragement. God bless you

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June 26th, 2006

Your Turn: Being Open to Life

A reader writes: It would be nice to know that there are others out there who struggle with the conflict of truly being open to life and loving children and wanting a big family, but at the same time being overcome by the fear of the realities of a really big family and not knowing how to “slow down.” I’m really afraid of having a husband and lose it to

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June 20th, 2006

Your Turn: Fighting Fair

A reader emails: I want to hear about the days when you could just strangle your husband, want to board the next jet for Paris, France and find a glass of wine, along with a sensitive, dark, sincere French man to take you to all of Paris’ finest sidewalk cafes and tell you that you’re wonderful for about a week. What about those kinds of days? Aren’t good, God-fearing Catholic

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August 24th, 2005

Serving Up Memories

We went to the tennis courts the other day. All nine of us. After packing the diaper bag, patrolling potty trips, and tying two or three hundred pairs of sneakers, I hopped into the front seat of the van next to my dear husband and he immediately eyed my leather sandals with disdain.

“You can’t play in those!” he scolded me.

“Play??”

I was taken aback. I knew we were

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August 8th, 2005

A New Romance

Family life gives a girl a whole new perspective on romance.

We’ve been sharing a virus around here for the past several of days. Nothing serious, just high fevers, headaches, body aches, and (the worst part for me) sleepless nights. But this afternoon as I sat in the living room nursing a headache and a feverish baby, I overheard my husband say the following:

“Now, let’s see What shall I

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July 19th, 2005

That Scripture Passage

Sometimes filling in the details makes all the difference.

Years ago, when I was college student taking a course entitled “Christian Marriage,” I gave that (in)famous Ephesians 5:21-28 passage some serious thought:

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of

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June 13th, 2005

Prayer for a Good Husband

A reader sent me this prayer for finding a good spouse and I thought I would share it here. She says: “Not only did this prayer get me my wonderful spouse, but also every time I said it, its very words reminded me of what I should be seeking.” Pretty good testimonial, eh?

O Jesus, Lover of the young, the dearest Friend I have, in all confidence I open my

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March 11th, 2005

Nesting: Part 2

It’s so cute–I think Dan might be “nesting.” In a manly way, of course. Last weekend he finally got around to purchasing the new (to us) car he had been looking at and considering for a long while. His old one had gotten so old and had become such a gas-guzzling, scary ride that we had taken to leaving parked in the driveway and using our full size van for

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