A DIY Marriage Retreat

Any fans here of those marriage retreat weekend getaways? As a marriage and family therapist, of course I think some of them are quite valuable, and I believe they can have their place in a healthy relationship. BUT, also,...
It’s just around the corner, you guys. Good plans, bad plans, no plans, some plans. Everybody is crazy on… Valentine’s Day. The day of over-priced cards, flowers, chocolates, and—dare I say?—lingerie. (I realize that last one can be a fairly weighted word...
I've been co-parenting with my ex-husband for almost 18 years. Sometimes we freaking nail it, and other times I pray he gets one of those hangnails that only kind of bleeds but hurts to high heaven when you get...
Photo by Vanessa Velazquez Photography No matter what your marital status, the holidays can be a magical, yet pressure-filled time of year with kids—from the gathering of extended family, to the mile-long wish lists for Santa, to school activities and...
It certainly doesn’t look like much, but this little box was our home for many years. It was our home when my husband and I became “Mommy and Daddy.” The home we were in when our little one took...
After the dust of my divorce had settled, many friends remarked that they could not imagine dating again. Granted, dating after marriage is, frankly, terrifying. However, attending my daughter's Meet the Teacher event for the new school year brought...
The childhood memory of my dad walking through the door after being on-call all night is a happy one. We’d hear the garage door open, wait for the car engine to silence, and then hear his long strides coming...
Every January brings mixed emotions to my heart. Five years ago,  my dear husband became so ill he almost died. He had septic shock, a raging infection which caused all his body organs to fail. We found ourselves in...
As a child of the '80s and an adolescent of the '90s, I grew up watching movies like Can’t Buy Me Love, Pretty in Pink, Pretty Woman, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Give me a romantic, sappy...
In honor of Father’s Day, Alamo City Moms Blog is bringing you a series of posts written by local dads about topics related to fatherhood.  You've probably heard this story before: There once were two men chopping wood in the...
  Going through divorce is nothing less than earth shattering. The life you once had is gone. The future you saw for yourself turned out to be a mirage. You may have an incredible community to lift you up through...
“Sir, it’s time to come back now.” I sat in the prep room with my husband as he nervously awaited his vasectomy. The doctor had just come in 10 minutes earlier to explain the procedure and what to expect afterward....
I was deeply angry at you, the first one. You, who had joined us on double dates along with your own husband. You, who knew I had just had a baby. How I truly hope that your husband doesn’t...
A few months ago, I read a blog post on one of our sister sites about marriage to someone who's been married before. In it, the author lamented her status as a second wife because she worried whether “being...

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I’ve been a San Antonio resident for more than 20 years and a Southside resident for a decade. Growing up on the Northwest side,...