Ask Annah: Why I Stayed Married after My Husband’s Two Affairs

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Relationships Leave a Comment

Dear Journeyer, Many people enter a state of disbelief when they learn that I am still married to the man who had two affairs following our wedding vows. And while some just can’t seem to wrap their brains around it, others have appeared flustered or fustrated, while one person wrote a scathing comment that basically described me as the reason …

Happiness Lives Between Me and I

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! This past week has been a combination of everything. Excitement! Fear. Flu-like symptoms. Friendship. Learning. Love. Laughter. Reading. Sadness. Worry about loved ones who ran into some difficult times.  Writing. Strange as it might sound, my week hasn’t felt like the roller-coaster ride you might think after reading this list above! It’s a good thing because some …

On Marital Discord, Part II

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Blink. Sixty seven days have elapsed without me following up to the first post on marital discord, sixty-three days since my last writing on this site.  Yet it feels like only a week or so ago that I was snapping photos of the uncharacteristically sunny, northeast skies. Where have I been? Procrastinating, I guess. Oh, I’ve been plenty busy with …

On Marital Discord, Part 1

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“There’s a fire burning in my heart,” ran through my head for two days. Adele’s catchy, bluesy beat pulsated, over and over and over, and I found myself repeatedly belting out that single stance. And wouldn’t you know, as I write this I’m having a hard time summoning that snappy tune… What kind of fire is burning in her heart, I …

The Healing Power of Solidarity

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“What are you reading?” The question elicited a smile from me. “A smut magazine,” I replied to my friend. “I usually don’t buy this stuff.” “I know that.” That’s why I’m surprised,” my vacation buddy said. “I know, but it had Sandra Bullock and Elizabeth Edwards on the cover. I had to purchase it.” I had been compelled, as I …

Oliver’s Story Retold

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“What would God want with a twenty-four-year old? A young man that has—had—his whole life in front of him?” A man sitting next to me at a committee meeting posed the question to the woman in front of me. The boy he referred to recently died in an accident that involved a recreational vehicle. Preliminary police reports purport that alcohol …

Striking… something…

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I’ve been trying to write this post for the past week… Last week (which is now two weeks ago!) was a week that kept giving, and giving, and giving… right on into this past week… My oldest son’s break-up with his girlfriend took its toll on all of us. Those of you who are parents of teens know all too …

Heal It Your Way

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Every day, loss and healing occur all around us. My eighteen-year-old son is currently experiencing loss in the form of a break-up with his girlfriend of two years. On a grander, more serious scale, hundreds, if not thousands, are entering the journey from loss to healing after the recent tragedies in West Virginia and Iceland. With the volcanic eruption, some …