This post is about MANLINESS … and humiliation … and taking help like a man. Yesterday I ran over something big on the interstate early in the morning while it was still dark. (It turned out to have been a black, full-size bicycle!) We were on the way to my daughter’s volleyball game—the only one
Unfortunately, these days, divorce is all around. Most of us know at least one person, if not ourselves, who has gone through it. If you are a friend of the couple going through divorce, things can get awkward, to say the least. You might not know what to do or say. You might not know
This is the story of how we met. And we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our friends. The story goes like this: FOUR YEARS AGO ON THIS DAY, Melinda found Israel. May 20th, 2015. It’s an important day, to say the least. Melinda moved to the Midwest in March of 2015. She moved
I’m the dad. But a few years ago I got Mother’s Day gifts, like this one from my (then) four year old son: I was a single dad with three kids. Recently divorced. I went into my bathroom that day and found the gift on the sink. He made it for me and snuck it
Have you ever met a couple that went together so well, you imagined in your head something like, “Welp, THEY sure are lucky. They probably started dating in high school. Wish I had that. Look at them! They’re perfect.” ONLY TO FIND OUT that they have one of the messiest stories you’ve ever heard? He
Once you are divorced, you enter a new world. It’s called “I’ve been through hell and back and now only other people who have also been divorced can understand a certain part of me.” Kind of a long name for the new world, but that is really what it’s called. We don’t know about you,
The day your divorce goes through. The last time you went to dinner and officially knew it was the end. The last holiday you spent together. The day of your separation. The day you moved out. The first holiday you spent alone. You probably have your own version of at least two of these days.
What better way to introduce ourselves than to share with you our favorite phrase? Over here at Israel and Melinda, we use a special word. We’ve experienced a lot in our first (almost) three years of marriage. Typical second marriage stressors like high conflict co/parallel parenting, kid/stepkid dynamics, discontent with where we physically lived,