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
My first experience as a mom was when I became a step-mom!
When I married my husband, I became a step-mother to three children. During that time in our lives, custody was a scary subject. Both sides of the divorce were still living in chaos, trying to pursue healing, and create a new normal. It definitely took a toll on the kids. The greatest heartbreak, in my opinion, was the 2 1/2-year-old that was stuck in the middle. She had no idea what it was like to have both parents living under the same roof and, to her, chaos was a normal part of life.Read More
When I first joined the family, my stepdaughter shared with me that she was “an accident.” As a believer, I am acutely aware that our words have the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). I realized that she must have overheard an adult conversation, and it hurt to know that these words were spoken over her.Read More
As of today, we are coming up on three years of custody stuff, and I finally feel like I’m allowing myself to begin the healing process. Oh, if only I could do it over again with what I am learning now, things would be much different. If you find yourself along for a similar ride, let me give you a few helpful ways to cope with a custody battle, that I learned after the fact:Read More
My stepson is a Leukemia survivor, and within a few months of being diagnosed, the Make-A-Wish Foundation awarded him a trip to see “real” castles in England. Naturally, we wanted his big sister to share this once in a lifetime experience, and my husband approached her mom (different mom than my stepson) about getting my stepdaughter a passport. She refused to give permission for the passport or the trip, and we sought the help of a lawyer.Read More
Did you know that we were featured on Chrystal Evans Hurst podcast, “Chrystal’s Chronicles”, last week? What were we talking about? Blended Families of course! Founder, Rachel G. Scott, had the opportunity to share wisdom, insight, and resources on Chrystal’s Chronicles podcast.Read More
Our girls were young when we got divorced. So young that at this point (six plus years later), I don’t think they even remember me being with their father unless they see pictures. However, there are times in which they reminisce and say they wish we were still together. I’m guessing that’s pretty normal.Read More
It’s easy to argue the benefits of loving your spouse and your stepchildren. It’s harder to argue the benefits of loving your spouse’s ex. Whether he or she is friendly or hostile, it’s certainly easiest to pretend they don’t exist.Read More
Flowers, balloons, hearts, candy…Yes, it’s February and all things Valentine’s Day. You can barely go anywhere right now without being bombarded with romantic cards and chocolate candy in heart shaped boxes. But what if you aren’t feeling all of this love?Read More
Crazy as I am about my two boys, my stepdaughter has been the sweetest surprise from day one. I actually didn’t know she existed until our first date, and from the moment I met her, I was smitten.Read More
When Roger and I started talking about marriage, we talked about it being the biggest priority in our home, even over the children. (Now, before you hit the little red X on this article with the fury of a thousand suns, hear me out. That was a hard sentence to write.Read More
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