Gideon’s Afternoon with Chelsey

It was around 12pm on a Saturday and Gideon was on his way to Oxford to pick up Chelsey. They were going to Hollywood Bowl to bowl and to have something to eat afterwards. He was really looking forward to that and was relieved that Ruth didn't seem to mind. "I don't mind being alone," …

Christmas With Gina

Matt watched as Cam played happily with the toys he got for Christmas from both sets of grandparents, Uncle Joel and Aunt Kira, Tanner and Melania and him. He didn't seem to mind that he wasn't going to be spending Christmas with his little cousin, Matthew. Matt had told him that this year, just he …

Gina in Therapy

Gina was on her way to see her therapist. Several weeks ago, when she visited Kira, she informed her, "I've decided that I want to go for counseling. I need to talk to someone professional about the issues with my father and my divorce. Do you know of anyone you can refer me to?" "Do …

Christmas Plans

"I can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner," Kira said to Joel who had just come home from the office. "I haven't even bought Christmas cards or made a list of presents that I'm going to get or what to prepare for Christmas dinner. I'm getting tired just thinking about all the things …

Finally…

Image by Muhammad-taha Ibrahim Naomi sat there, beaming. Finally, after trying for a long time, Yasir and she were going to have a child. They had been married for ten years and had tried and tried to start a family but were unsuccessful. He wasn't the problem and she feared that she was barren like …

No Education Leads to Risk of Child Marriage

Photo by Monstera on Pexels.com On March 23, 2022, the first school year here in Afghanistan, I was excited about returning and eagerly looked forward to seeing my classmates and teachers again. I along with other students showed up bright and early only to find the doors closed and armed Taliban guards. My heart sank. …

Mrs. Lopez Learns the Truth

Mariana Lopez was on her way home after having dinner with her friend, Rena when she spotted her son-in-law, Paul. He didn't see her. He looked good. Married life must finally be agreeing with him. They hadn't seen him for ages. The family had been very disappointed when they didn't spend Christmas with them. Angie …

Father Kiesler’s Family

"It was such a treat seeing Jürgen, especially since we haven't seen him since last year April when he visited us for Easter." Mrs. Kiesler said to her husband as they relaxed in the living-room after dinner. "Yes, it was." "He looked thin, though," she remarked. "I wonder if he's working too hard." "I thought …

Matt Gets Full Custody

"Gina gave you full custody of Cam?" Melania was shocked to hear that. "Yes. She called me on Wednesday and asked to meet in the concourse close to where I work. I had no idea why she wanted to see me but was shocked when she told me that she was going to give me …

Gina Attends a Wedding

Gina stared at herself in the mirror. How miserable she looked. She was tempted not to go to her cousin, Natalie's wedding. The last thing she wanted was to see her father. Ever since he found out about her trying to keep Matt and Cam apart, he had made her life miserable by threatening to …

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