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Ever wonder how a couple who got hitched at 20 manage to make it work almost eighteen years and five kids later? In celebration of Valentine’s Day, my husband Jon and I got real about marriage, love and co-parenting.

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Psst: Want a laugh? Listen ALL the way to the end of the episode and you’ll hear the intro that didn’t make the cut. 

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Happy February, friends! I admit it: I could take or leave Valentine’s Day festivities, but every year I do appreciate this month’s reminder to focus on something that’s an essential component of a happy home – love. Today I thought I’d share a few of our favorite posts from the archives about romance, marriage, and partnership.  […]

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by Meagan Francis March 30, 2014
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This week the world was abuzz with the news that Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin are divorcing, announced in what many folks on my social networks seemed to feel was the most obnoxious divorce announcement of all time. The actual notice was brief, vague, and, I thought, classy. But Gwyneth’s choice to title […]

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