For blended families, summer may mean more than just summer vacation… bring on the summer custody schedule! For our family, this schedule switches from every other weekend to every other week. Though there is great value in...Read More
Years ago, amidst one of many uphill battles in our stepfamily life, my husband apologized for all...Read More
Mother’s Day can look completely different in blended families; maybe even a little awkward at times. It’s so easy to allow our thoughts to start drifting and the next thing we know we are comparing our Mother’s Day to someone else’s Mother’s Day. Before long we are feeling defeated and just plain different. We might even feel like it’s not fairRead More
When parenting and marriage get hard, the days seem extra long. It’s easy to get stuck feeling like those hard moments or days are all the time or every day. We have learned it is important to keep things in perspective. It is important to not let our emotions paint the perspective. I have a hard time showing love to my spouse when we get stuck in this hard cycle of unending days of trial.Read More
In my teenage years and through college, I had a pretty clear vision for what my first home was going to be. I was imagining a small apartment or a little townhouse, something in a big bustling city with very little square footage. What I was not expecting was a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house partially attached to a restaurant in a part of Pennsylvania that I had never visited let alone wanted to live in. Oh, and to make matters worse, it was the house my husband shared with his ex-wife and their children. Talk about an interesting start to marriage and my new family.Read More
When my first wife died, I was determined to get through it in such a way that I would be able to also help my two children through it. My son was 3 ½ and my daughter was 1 ½ at the time. I knew it was the start of a lifelong journey of learning what to do with our grief.Read More
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