• How I Met My Husband
    Marriage

    The Crazy, True Story of How I Met My Husband

    When I was sixteen, God told me I was going to marry Sam Steere. There were just a few problems with this. 1) I’d never spoken to Sam before. And 2) I didn’t grow up in a church where God talked to people, so I thought I was going insane. Despite my concerns about my mental health, I really believed that God was speaking to me. And if it was God, he must be telling the truth. I knew it was crazy, but I also had a strange peace about it. I didn’t know why or when or how, but I knew I would marry Sam Steere. Of course, I didn’t tell anyone about…

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    Marriage

    Dear Single Friend

    I got married and had a baby in my early twenties. It wasn’t the life I’d planned. I never scoured wedding blogs or pined after maternity shops. I never meant to be the first of our friend group to start a family. I simply fell in love, and the rest followed naturally. Meanwhile, you’re still single. I see you going to grad school, traveling the world, getting grown-up jobs. I hear about your parties, your brunches, and the Saturdays you spend alone with your Netflix.   Our lives are different, but I think yours is lovely, too. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not. If you’re beyond a certain age, you probably feel pressure to get married.…

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    Life is Hard, Marriage is Easy

    After two and a half years of marriage, the phrase my husband and I return to again and again is this: “Life is hard, marriage is easy.” I am painfully aware that this isn’t true for everyone. I know plenty of people with hard marriages, people who struggle to keep their relationships happy and healthy. But for us, marriage has been a pleasant surprise—not nearly as difficult as everyone warned us it would be, and a whole lot more joyful than we expected.  Sometimes I think we just got lucky. I’m certain I married up, and Sam swears the same. Our personalities are fairly compatible, our work allows us to spend a lot…