The Romance of Friendship

Long before I knew romance with a boyfriend, I learned how to love, and love intensely, from my friend Ashley. “You are my SPNQ (SPOH-neek),” we would say to each other. It was code for “I love you,” invented some silly night at a girls’ retreat when we were maybe 15, 16 years old. It…

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Words Matter

On the day I got married, I walked down the aisle with a ring already on my finger. It was 14K gold with an ornate floral pattern ensconcing a big heart. I had spent years waiting for this moment when I would trade my purity ring for a wedding ring. Inside the wedding program the…

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Intercourse

We were standing in the driveway on the first night of the Pure Heart women’s study.

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A Woman with a “Man’s Struggle”

My parents asked me if I had any questions. But, I simply nodded no and told them I understood what was happening.

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