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How I Met My Husband

When my kids were little, they used to love hearing the story of how my husband and I met. I told them we were in kindergarten and we were having lunch in the sandbox. Instead of pulling my hair to get my attention, he dropped my peanut butter and jelly sandwich into the sand. Our eyes met. It has been true love ever since. Read More

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When I first got married, I thought that I was supposed to abide by some pre-set all encompassing marriage rules. There were all these bits and pieces of advice that were thrown at me the year of my engagement. Aunts and Uncles and women at the store where I was choosing my place cards would just say random one liners to me; “words of wisdom” as I knew them to be. I would listen and repeat in my head, make a mental note and think Right, Got it. Read More


When I was first married I was painfully naïve about how my relationship with my in-laws would be over the years. I thought that getting married would mean I had an additional family! I would have two mothers, and two fathers. I would have two extra sisters! What could possibly go wrong?

And then, reality kicked me square in the head.

My in-laws didn’t regard me as family, they regarded me as an in-law. There were family pictures taken every Christmas—two sets—one with me included and one that was “just family”. Read More

Beka Shane Denter

A Re-do On “I Do”

We recently celebrated our five-year wedding anniversary. I hadn’t really put much thought into it, as I had recently given birth to our second daughter and our oldest, a toddler, was in full-force tantrum mode. My husband and I, like many new (and experienced) parents were tired – almost too tired to think about celebrating. We contemplated going out…

Five is a somewhat significant number. We have been together for eight, and the last three years have been a whirlwind of excitement as we welcomed two baby girls into our world. Our lives have definitely changed – for the better? Of course. However, Read More