Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou
Why “patchwork” you might be wondering. Have you arrived at a DIY craft blog? While it’s true I loved sewing in my former life as a stay at home mom (though I’m admittedly the Master of Unfinished Projects), that was not my reason for choosing this blog’s title. I consider myself to be an eclectic person, full of diverse and contrasting characteristics not unlike a quilt. I can also relate to the idea of life being composed of a chaotic jumble of pieces, which often result in a surprisingly harmonious whole.
Blended families are sometimes called “patchwork families”. The term refers to situations like ours, where at least one person brings a child from a previous relationship into the new union. While there are certainly additional challenges to combining families, I think there are also special opportunities for growth. The way I see it, expanding one’s tribe, whether blood related or not, is ultimately positive. It’s a messy process, but love makes it worthwhile.