My computer is being a brat lately! I tried to post this little video last night…but it had other plans.
It was Christmas Eve, and my ex-husband’s year to have the girls on Christmas Eve. I woke up to see the white stuff on the ground, yeah a white Christmas, which in my house means I don’t see my husband. He works for the State and plows the roads, so by noon I was home alone. My ex also had to plow snow, so Molly told me just to come over there and have dinner with her and the kids.
Peyton and I
I decided to just do it! I brought her kids a gift and one for mine. Her kids call me Mama Trish. They hug me. They get excited to see me, and I truly love them.
Molly’s mother-in-law, meaning my ex’s mom was over, and we all made dinner. I know…many, many people tell us we are weird. It’s so funny to me the kind way to be is considered weird. Putting our differences aside is strange. Teaching all of our kids to treat others as they would want to be treated always. If it is strange or weird to not keep teaching the same pattern of hatred over and over, then I am proud to be weird! My challenge to you this holiday season is to reach out to the other house hold. Start mending relationships with tiny baby steps for your children. Break those old patterns and create new trails. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Trish Eklund is taking a nontraditional approach to parenting children after divorce and remarriage. Raising her two daughters of thirteen and sixteen with her husband, ex-husband, and his wife, they consult one another on all parenting decisions. In addition to Family Fusion Community, Trish is also the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten, & Decayed, A photographic adventure in the abandoned and forgotten. She is a regular feature writer on Her View From Home, a lifestyle magazine that connects your view to the rest of the world. Trish Eklund has an essay, Happy Endings, in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz. The first book telling the story of blended family life from the perspective of the stepkids. Trish revisits the rocky relationship with her own stepmom, one of the main reasons she is so determined to co-parent with her children’s stepmom, and her own idea of a happy ending. The book is available on Amazon for Kindle now! To preorder the print copy: Barnes & Noble. Trish has been featured on www.playground-magazine.com, and www.bigblendedfamily.com. Follow her on Twitter: @trishiewriter, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn.