As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families together. Our hope is that by telling their stories, we'll bring you closer to blended family bliss in your own life! Want to share your family's story? Email us at email@example.com.
How long have you and Brooks been married?
Two years ago he proposed and on November 23, 2013 we got married. Short engagements are the military way!
There is never a dull moment! The newlywed stage was never about being a new couple, it was about being a new family that was learning to grow and learn together. After having our youngest, Kennedy, I realized that it doesn't really matter whose blood is flowing through your veins. Family is family. My daughters are sisters in every beautiful way! They will always be full sisters, not half sisters, who will be there for each other from beginning to end.
What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as parents so far?
My husband and I have always maintained realistic expectations for our family, especially with our oldest as she tries to navigate the roller-coaster of figuring life out. One day, she started a conversation about how blessed she is to have two dads. She is quite advanced for her age and her thoughts always blow me away, but this time I had no response. It made me so proud of our family.
What's your best advice for parents facing challenges in their new blended family?
No matter where you are in the process of bringing your family together, remember that each day is a building block that God is using to form a strong foundation for your family. Each family's story is beautiful, but that doesn't mean each story is flawless. Whether you're all blood related, or not related at all, know that you're in the right place and be proud to be part of something so wonderful.
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