I (Emily Reese) am not new to the blogging world. Devon and I have been running a blog together for two years now called SameSides: Amicable Divorce and Getting Along With Your Ex. It has been enjoyable and encouraging, for us and for our readers.
We have met so many wonderful people along the way and have been given many interesting opportunities to share our story not just through our blog, but with other media outlets. The Universe has been quite gracious in allowing our experiences with our own divorce to help others with their lives as they navigate the waters of the difficult issues that surround the break up of a marriage and a family.
Our own story, which ultimately centered around Devon coming out of the closet after 10 years of marriage and three young kids, is intertwined with the generalities of going through a divorce.
It is time to start a new blog that deals with the hot topics today of LGBT rights, same-sex marriage and how the Church and other religions deal with the hearts and minds of the LGBTQI community.
But most importantly, there is a dire need for there to be places where straight spouses can find encouragement and support as each unique situation is faced. While it is a very big deal for a gay spouse to come out to his or her spouse and family, it is far too common for the straight spouse to be overshadowed by the news as the gay spouse deals with his or her journey. The journey for the straight spouse can be lonely and isolation is often the experience that defines that journey. Here, love, support, safety and encouragement can be found.
That is the goal of this site: Community, solidarity, listening, sharing and giving hope for the straight spouse in a Mixed Orientation Marriage.
While many pieces that I will write about will include the added layer of difficulty that Christianity and the Church can bring into a MOM marriage, that is not exclusively what I will focus on. It is the hearts, the minds, the feelings, the difficulties, the defeats and the victories that will be experienced in the straight spouse’s world… that is my heart.
It’s a tough road. There’s no other way to state it. But it is truly possible to come out on the other side of this closet a stronger, wiser, more loving and beautiful person. Many have traveled this road before me, and many will travel it after me. If you have found yourself on this road, you are not alone. And you are loved.
Thank you for stopping by. As I develop this blog, help me to grow it into a safe haven for all people to live, love, learn and grow with as much open-mindedness as we can muster.
Thanks for joining the conversation as we step out of our door and follow the road we have been given. May we keep our feet grounded as best as we can so wherever we end up, it will be beautiful.
Live Life, Love Life, Impact Others,
P.S. Contact me through email using the form below. If you’d like to share your story, look under the guidelines under the “Stories” tab. You can also ask a question that I can answer privately or through a blog post. Join the conversation and find support you might need during this time. I would love to hear from you.