In June of 2000 I married my husband. We each had two children – a boy and a girl-who lived with us when they weren’t visiting their other parents. We had known each other for about a year before we were married which, by today’s standards, probably seems pretty quick.  It  was very difficult for us to really “date”with four children between the ages of 5 and 12. We usually just took the herd with us:)

Looking back, I feel like we were pretty brave when we formed our miniature version of the “Brady Bunch”. It  was going to be a challenge to create a blended family with four children and two other parents in the same town but it really didn’t feel that way at the time…it just felt happy. The children spent time with their respective parents every week and we have always made it a priority to include everyone in our lives.  Of course, this wasn’t always easy for my husband and me but it was the best thing for the kids. As my husband used to say…”if we got along well with our ex-spouses we would still be married to them ! ”

A sense of humor is one of the best gifts in life and all the more so when you’re dealing with a blended family. It was very exciting and more than a little nerve wracking when we made this new home together but thankfully we had lots of support from family and friends. Today all the kids are grown and out of the “nest” but we are all as close as ever. The “kids” are truly brothers and sisters and have never used the prefix “step”:) With that brief introduction, I hope to continue with some stories about our journey together and some of my thoughts about what I discovered about the really important things in my life.