Out of the hundreds of pictures we took, this is by far my favorite one.
Earlier this week my stepdad told me to stop trying so hard to have this “perfect blended family image” and just work on being a better family. This is what our family will look like and consist of. I’m not proud of that but I am learning to accept that.
As mothers we always get blamed for what happens and what doesn’t happen. But “focus on what I can control,” has been my mantra. Being a blended family is not for the weak hearted. You don't just have to figure out how to make life inside of your home work, you also have to figure out a way to make life between two or more homes work.
And the brutal reality of it all is that your blended family is going to fail over and over again. But how you and your partner choose to pick up the pieces, is ultimately how you will succeed as a family.
This is our second Christmas in Hawaii and It’s been a beautiful year. I thank God for friendship and community. I thank God for allowing my family to remain strong in what could have been a hardship move for us. God is so good!