Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Our normal, others crazy
To some people, you may see this picture and think... man this is a great group of smiling happy people. To some people, you may see this picture and think we are absolutely crazy and don't understand how we do it.
What you don't see in this picture is the heartache we have all been through to get to this point in our life. You don't see the tears that have been shed. You don't see the times in our life where we weren't sure what our future would hold.
See, what you may not know is we are all intertwined together. At one point in our life - we were married to different people. We were married to our kid's other parent. Our marriage had happy days and sad days. We laughed and cried and shared wonderful memories. We went through hard times as well as good times. And then we went through a divorce, which not only affected us as adults, but it affected our kids as well!
The picture above is all of us making it work. We hang out for dinners, birthday's, pick up days, etc. We enjoy spending time together and the kids absolutely love that we all hang out as well. Creating a normal and healthy environment for the kids came first, and the awkward eventually went away. We do it for the kids, but in doing it for the kids, we have become close as a group. We might not always see eye to eye, but we are in a spot where we can work it out together and move on. We might drive each other crazy, but that is just life in general. I am very thankful for the relationships we have and look forward to raising our kids together. Our so called crazy family!
Pictured above from left to right:
Sara (the oldest's mom and my husband's ex-wife), the oldest, the youngest, my husband, ME holding Baby J whom I absolutely adore (she is the youngest's sister and the kiddo of her dad and step-mom), Justin (the youngest's dad and my ex-husband) and Erica (the youngest's step-mom and my ex-husband's wife).
I want to thank each and every one of us!
So, here we are killing it... this co-parenting thing that is. (Not each other!)