People often inquire now how the “blending” is going?
It’s simultaneously beautiful and hard I confess.
Grace doled out on a daily basis from husband to wife, girl to girl, stepparent to stepchild.
Like my races, some miles punctured with highs and others with lows, I find the hours of my days stretching out in the same manner.
The secret sauce I am finding is in the surrender.
If I recognize that so much of this transition cannot be controlled, if I lead with love, our new family thrives.
Nothing worth having comes easy my papa would tell me. How right he was.
At first the thought of leaving seemed selfish.
Money had been spent on a wedding and a Disney vacation with our girls was around the corner.
But, if we didn’t carve out time alone now, then when?
After sifting through options it became clear that 4 nights and 5 days in Breckenridge, CO was where we were meant to land.
Twenty- four hours into our married life, we boarded a plan and found ourselves in the middle of those mountains.
And with nothing preplanned we made our way to daily mass where beautiful people prayed for our marriage then gave us some tips on good food and hiking.
Up to 12,500 feet elevation we climbed one day. My stubbornness almost got the best of us but this man, this partner, he’s my balance and his steadiness gave us direction.
We spent hours talking about our goals for the future, for ourselves and our family.
And when it was time to go, more gratefulness flooded my heart.
Happy to see our girls and ready for the real journey to begin.
These are my people now.
They love on me and my tribe in such an effortless way that it teaches me how to give more generously.
After five days together, in a sea of Disney, they still love me (I think).
A case of the “hangries”, meltdowns and tired legs (all of which were mine) and yet they have kept the invitation open for Christmas Eve at their house.
They are pretty special.
Not to mention they raised this boy into the most incredible man, husband and father.
I look forward to more of everything with these people.
Grateful that they are now mine.