Blended Family, Musings

Reintroduction: Family

I don't for a second believe that family is only those we are tied to through shared genetics. I grew up with a step-father who is my dad in every way (aside from the obvious biological difference). So I knew from a young age what real family is. As far as my immediate - husband and children -… Continue reading Reintroduction: Family

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Blended Family, Musings

When 1 + 1 = 8

Earlier this month we went to one of the most beautiful weddings I think I have ever attended. The setting was gorgeous, outdoors under well established trees in a beautiful garden. We sat on hay bails covered with white taffeta as the sun dimpled through the trees. The groom was handsome, the bride was stunning.… Continue reading When 1 + 1 = 8

At Our House, Blended Family, Musings

To my strong-willed, passionate, very loved, almost-8-year-old daughter

Dear Nat You have had a rough time lately and I want to encourage you. I want to tell you that you are amazing. I want you to know that even though we do most definitely have our challenges, we are going to work it out. I want to tell you (again and forever) just how… Continue reading To my strong-willed, passionate, very loved, almost-8-year-old daughter

At Our House, Blended Family

Making Memories

While super-glue is one potential way to bond a family together, as parents, we firmly believe it's our job to come up with ways to create a lasting bond between our brood. This is especially important in a blended family context. As our family grows and they eventually leave home, we want the kids to want to come back… Continue reading Making Memories

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Best Babble, Blended Family, Musings

WOULD THE REAL ME PLEASE STAND UP

I haven't been posting so much the last couple of weeks. I don't know what to say. Which is VERY unusual for me. It's not that I don't have anything to write, it's that there's just so much. I've mentioned before that I feel like I'm in a real transitory place - accepting a new… Continue reading WOULD THE REAL ME PLEASE STAND UP

At Our House, Blended Family, Musings

MY MARVELOUS MR.

Let's just get this said up front. I'm not writing this for brownie points. I mean everything I say (write). I have one very truly amazing husband. There are a lot of blog posts, and comments in general, about husbands who don't do enough around the house, husbands who don't spend enough time with kids… Continue reading MY MARVELOUS MR.

At Our House, Best Babble, Blended Family

WHY LOWERING STANDARDS IS AWESOME

There have been many lessons for all of us to learn in the blending of Harris6. A big one for me has been to be realistic. Honestly, perfection just does not sit well in a house of six, four of them children, four of them males! It's been a long road but I have finally started… Continue reading WHY LOWERING STANDARDS IS AWESOME

At Our House, Best Babble, Blended Family, Musings

LABELS: HIS HERS MINE YOURS OURS

Throughout life there are labels foisted upon us, we no doubt impose labels on ourselves as well. Some are necessary, it's how we categorise the world. To be honest, I think labels are all about perception, so what one person may label us is quite possibly the complete opposite of what society may label us. But that's a whole… Continue reading LABELS: HIS HERS MINE YOURS OURS