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|Building a Blended Family|
On a recent visit to The HomeAndHolidays.com - site, I saw a note from
the editor soliciting articles about step-parenting, experience
preferred. My first thought was, "We certainly know something about
that topic." My husband and I were married in 1990, both for the second
time and we each brought children and emotional baggage from those
previous marriages into our new marriage. We have all worked very hard
to build our blended household into what we are today: Dad, Mom, two
sons, one daughter, and a dog. In other words, we're a family.
As we begin this series of articles, let me set the stage with an introduction of this family. Evan, my husband, enjoys his job as a corporate trainer. He is an easy going guy who loves people. His greatest passion is teaching. Evan came into our marriage with two children: James and Cathy. As of this writing, James is preparing to celebrate his 21st birthday, and Cathy has just had her 16th.
Deb (that's me) is more high strung than Evan. You could categorize me (and people have) as a type A personality. I've always got several irons in the fire. My favorite activities relate to the arts; reading, writing, music, theater. I truly enjoy my day job as a technical writer. I came into the marriage with one son: Luke, also 16 years old.
You need to know that we are Christians, because that fact colors everything we do. We have raised our children in the light of God's love, and continue to set both a moral and ethical example for them. We believe in the accuracy of the Bible and the reality of answered prayer. The financial and emotional road has been rough at times during the past eight years, but we have always had our faith to fall back on. God has never failed us.
In these pages, we will share our experiences in blending two families into one. We are not degreed professionals in family matters; we're not lay-counselors. Rather, we are volunteers. We have volunteered to share our experiences, our insights, and the lessons we've learned while on this great blended-family adventure we call "home." Our hope is that our successful experiences will give you some ideas to use in your family or something you can share with others going through this blending process.
Specifically, we will cover the following topics in the Building a Blended Family page. As we progress I know other issues will be raised, but we will start here.