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Even when it is easy, it’s hard

My sister and niece gave us such a clever Christmas gift. They filled a jar with slips of paper. Each slip has a question written on it. They also gave us a blank journal. We were instructed to pull out … Continue reading

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What is a “real family”?

I’ve done a great deal of reading about stepfamilies. I’ve probably read 20-30 books on the subject. Most of them say the same thing – it takes anywhere from four to seven years for blended family to feel like a … Continue reading

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Another Christmas

Christmas in a step family sometimes feels like walking through a room of scattered Legos – blindfolded. Yes, Christmas with lots of kids can be exciting and busy and magical, but it can also be filled with landmines. Even decorations … Continue reading

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Did you know that when you married him?

I recently ran into a woman that we see at church but who we don’t really “know.” She told me it was lovely to see our family each weekend. Then she asked me how many kids we have. “You have … Continue reading

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Parent Pride Points – an experiment

We are still trying to hit our stride as a family. I think that the workload is still a bit overwhelming for me. However, if I force myself to really be honest, it is not as much the workload itself … Continue reading

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Can you judge a parent by their kid?

I recently took a trip for business and while on the plane I did what I often do – I read a book. What I noticed on this particular trip was that three different people asked me what I was … Continue reading

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Different Rules for Different Kids – a good idea or a road to disaster?

So my husband and I have slightly different philosophies when it comes to blending. I think he wants us to seem like one seamless family immediately, and I am still comfortable with the fact that it may take a long … Continue reading

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We had that last night

I recognize that I have had more than one post where I have mentioned how hard it is to feed a family of eight. I am sure it is not a surprise to any working mom that to rush home … Continue reading

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Who’s in my family?

Life in a blended family has a number of ups and downs. And I think the thing I have found most surprising is that progress is not always in one direction. In fact, any given day we are likely to … Continue reading

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A moment worth savoring

So for the past few weeks now, my husband has been involved in rehearsing for a musical. He is serving as the musical director and rehearsals started about two weeks after we moved into the house. Four of our six … Continue reading

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