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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.

Husbands, Deep Sigh of Relief. Turns Out “Happy Wife, Happy Life” Is Totally False

By Brie Gowen 

Sometimes my husband leaves his dinner plate laying on the kitchen counter full of discarded food just a few steps shy of the garbage or kitchen sink, but other times he cleans the entire kitchen on a whim. Sometimes I act like a patient, sane woman, but other times I rant crazily like an escaped patient from an insane asylum. I leave my Diet Coke cans all over the counter, but I make a mean pot roast. He plucks his hairs and leaves them in the sink, but he also makes me feel like the sexiest woman on planet earth. We argue at times, but we also make up like it’s going out of style. We disagree, but we come together on the important issues for our family. My husband seldom concedes first in the heat of a marital battle, yet we both in the end know how to admit when we’re wrong. That’s kinda how this whole thing works.

I realize that I’m not a perfect wife, and I don’t even want my spouse to pretend that I am. So although he thinks I’m pretty darn swell, I know I can be a handful to live with. The thing is, about certain issues, so is he. We’re fallible, imperfect people who happen to see the best in one another, but love each other enough that we hold one another accountable when it’s required. I don’t need my husband coddling me, handling me, or even catering to me to try and build this false sense of bliss in our marriage. I want a real man who brings real conversations and problems to the table, and while I certainly appreciate his kind and compassionate treatment of me, I don’t want him bearing the burden of a completely contented marriage on his own.

Happy wife, happy life. I’ve heard the saying before. And though it may not be what I assume is intended, I hear, “marital happiness is dependent on the husband keeping his wife’s needs met.” Be it physical, emotional, financial, or spiritual, I do agree that as head of the home a husband is required to lead and love his wife. I just don’t think the make or break should fall on his shoulders alone. We live in a society that places so much attention on a woman’s needs, but the fact is we all as humans have them. Here’s my take.

I don’t think it’s fair to place the weight of a relationship’s success more heavily on the shoulders of one spouse over the other, because a marriage is a partnership. In my marriage my husband does everything in his power to make me feel loved, special, and happy. I in turn do the same. That’s only right. Each spouse has specific needs, specific strengths, and also specific weaknesses. We each have our areas where we fall short, but also those areas where we excel. Together, the sum parts make up something pretty darn spectacular, and you don’t just end up with a happy wife. You also have a happy husband, and this in turn leads to a happy marriage. I just don’t think I’d be a happy wife if my husband’s happiness wasn’t a key issue too.

Brie Gowen
Brie Gowenhttp://briegowen.com/
Brie Gowen is a 30-something (sliding ever closer to 40-something) wife and mother. When she’s not loving on her hubby, chasing after the toddler or playing princess with her four-year-old, she enjoys cooking, reading and writing down her thoughts to share with others. Brie is also a huge lover of Jesus. She finds immense joy in the peace a relationship with her Savior provides, and she might just tell you about it sometime. She’d love for you to check out her blog at BrieGowen.com.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.