Trust me, it’s crazy to see your life on television. That’s why every week, I’m going to do a blog posts called “On Second Thought.” These posts are where I will go over the episodes of my Lifetime show as I process the issues presented now that I’ve seen them aired. I hope you’ll join me for these weekly posts – which will undoubtedly be part-confession, part-explanation, and part-celebration of my life right now!
Episode Thirteen, Air Date: July 31, 2012
We moved to Juneau when Mom became Governor of Alaska, which was a big transition for our family. When I joined my new school’s basketball team, the team manager, Marissa, quickly became my best friend. Half Japanese and half native, she had dark hair, a funny sense of humor, and we became best friends instantly. And we still are!
Back in those more innocent days of school, we never would’ve guessed both of us would’ve ended up pregnant without being married. That’s why I was glad she and I were able to do something nice for unwed teen moms. I loved sitting around with those girls, their cute babies, and hearing everyone’s stories. Talking to them gives a more realistic picture of teen pregnancy. Though the children are blessings, having them without the benefit of marriage is not ideal.
I wanted to give them a little encouragement, and what better way than with a Bible verse? Mom helpfully provided some inspiration. In case you couldn’t hear which Bible verses we underlined in those cute pink Bibles, it was Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It was great to have Gino camping with us, but – gosh – it’s always so complicated. It pains me when I hear Tripp call him Dad. (Though, truth be told, he also uses that term to refer to my dad, my brother, and my uncles. He seems to address anyone who’s a father figure to him as “Dad,” something he’ll grow out of I’m sure. Thankfully, he has the best role models in my dad and brother. This will help him be so well rounded because he gets to be around such good guys!) Gino particularly annoyed me when he described his ideal relationship, by saying he wanted me to be a “good girl who will cook and clean.”
Cook and clean? Of course, I cook and clean. But I’m more than that. I’m convinced he realizes this, but the whole conversation just struck me wrong. I think sometimes we just talk past each other. I don’t know. Since neither of us are perfect, it’s just hard to know how to deal with our relationship sometimes.
At least I didn’t lose $400.
You might also enjoy these articles on the Faith and Family Channel:
- See the Promo for Life’s a Tripp
- On Second Thought: Episode 1 (Intro to the Show!)
- On Second Thought: Episode 2 (The Infamous “Bar Fight”)
- On Second Thought: Episode 3 (Sticking Our Tongue Out at the Media)
- On Second Thought: Episode 4 (The Pain of Fatherhood)
- On Second Thought: Episode 5 (Bristol Goes to Washington!)
- On Second Thought: Episode 6 (How Do I Get Tripp to Behave?)
- On Second Thought: Episode 7 (I Shouldn’t Have Hit Willow With the Fridge!)
- On Second Thought: Episode 8: (The Iron Pup Can Wait)
- On Second Thought: Episode 9: (Iron Dog and Hair Aspirations)
- On Second Thought: Episode 10: (Traveling with Tripp)
- On Second Thought: Episode 11: (Grin and “Bear” It)
- On Second Thought: Episode 12: (First Love, Then Marriage)
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