Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A girl just needs her dad.

Last Sunday the lesson in my teenager daughters church class included a visit from one of the dad's in the ward and he was asked to speak about how much he loved his daughters and that they were special to him and that they were special to him on an eternal perspective, etc.

Well, that triggered an emotional breakdown from my daughter that I have never seen the likes of before.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Open Letter to my Kids' Step Mom

Recently I saw a video of a blended family that made my heart sing. It's about as ideal a situation that could exist in a blended family. It inspired me and I thought I'd write an open letter to my ex husbands new wife.

Dear Step Mom,

Monday, January 11, 2016


According to Miriam, the simple definition of Respect
noun  re·spect  \ri-╦łspekt\ 
 is a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc. A feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way.

One of the common complaints in our support group is that it seems

Friday, January 8, 2016

Your Role as Educator in the Church

While the church is all about families, my limited experience has shown me that not many members are as familiar with blended families and their nontraditional functionalities. That’s why I believe that if you’re in a blended family you have the opportunity to act as an educator, teaching members about your family’s unique dynamic, sometimes including how your family operates.

As Deliah mentioned in our first post, 46% of US weddings create stepfamilies, and while I think we’d like to believe the church is immune, more and more of these weddings impact members of the church. So it makes sense that, when appropriate, we take the time to teach people how our families work so that they are better equipped to handle some of the unique situations blended families present.

A few months ago, my daughter’s YW advisor taught a touching lesson where she bore her testimony of the power of a father’s blessing, challenging all the girls to go home that day and ask their fathers for one. My daughter burst into tears

Monday, January 4, 2016

It's a New Day, a New Year...

The new year always brings out the posts about new years resolutions and goals.

As I have made my mental list of what I'd like to do better with this year, one of the obvious is to get more organized. As I think about this in my own life I reference just about every home improvement magazine out there. You can bet that in every January issue of every magazine there is at least one article if not the whole issue dedicated to being a better organizer. Why is this? Why do we wait until the beginning of a new year to dedicate ourselves to being a better organizer?  My best guess is that after the Holidays, with new toys, new clothes, new books and new jewelry (pffft!) we have too much stuff (some might say baggage)