Substance and Spice


  I worked second shift for 8 months. 30+ hours a week, going to bed at 1 in the morning, getting up to watch the kids during the day, and going to work as soon as evening arrived. 2 months ago, I had the chance to switch to daytime hours, so I did. And the [Read More...]

Malpractice on the Air


It was almost midnight and I was driving home after my usual shift. Yawning, I pushed the radio button hoping to catch a peppy song to keep me awake, but the station that usually plays pop music had one of those call-in counseling shows on. “Hello Brooke, so you are 19 and pregnant?” “Yes, unexpectedly [Read More...]

Shame and Hospitality


Haley had scheduled the get-together a week in advance. I knew all about it. And then we both forgot. Haley called me at 4 in the afternoon, “Do you remember that we have people coming over at 6?” My whole day came crashing down. We hadn’t cleaned the house that weekend, because no one was [Read More...]

A New Year


  2013.  I’m not used to it yet. The year sounds silly in my mind, and I find myself writing 2012 on everything still. As we decorated for the holiday season,  I found myself remembering the last time I saw these decorations just one year ago.  How we got wind of the rumors that had [Read More...]

Your Vote Affects Real People


Four years ago, I reached my second presidential election and voted for John McCain. I thought I knew why I picked who I did, and I had many reasons I thought that it was important to vote Republican. If there was one issue that I felt was most important, it would have been the social [Read More...]

We made cookies: A true story

We made frosted cookies with sprinkles together. 4 year old Ms Drama said “This was so much fun Mama!” Awwwww. That would be a facebook status version of what happened last night. Now I’ll give a little more detail so you realize what goes one behind the scenes of the average mother’s facebook status. For [Read More...]

Unwrapping the Onion: Part 8: Coming Out, Bit by Bit

 Found via Pinterest  This post is part of a series of nine posts. Please click here to start with the series Introduction. It was getting harder and harder for my spouse to put on a masculine facade when we went out. At home, after all, he was able to just be himself. It [Read More...]

Unwrapping the Onion: Part 2: Research 101

This post is part of a series of nine posts. Please click here to start with the series Introduction. The next day started out the same as pretty much any other day. We had breakfast, and my Hunnie went out to the office. But unlike an average weekday, as soon as he left, I put [Read More...]

Unwrapping the Onion: Part 1: A Secret Revealed

This post is part of a series of nine posts. Please click here to start with the series Introduction. As many of you know, my spouse and I got married young after a short parent-supervised courtship. We began our marriage “the right way” according to everything we believed. We had obeyed our parents and stayed pure [Read More...]

Unwrapping the Onion: Introduction

I am about to publish the most intensely vulnerable series I have ever written. This will explain the rest of my journey. This is the part of our story I have not been free to tell yet, not safe to tell yet. The final puzzle piece. I know that many of my readers will not [Read More...]