March 9th, 2017
As children my friends and I loved making origami fortune tellers, which predicted who we would one day marry, how many children we’d have, and where we’d live. It never occurred to us to factor in divorce, remarriage, or step-children. Life was less complicated back then.
I was an only child and dreamed of having a big family when I grew up. I spent a lot of time imagining what motherhood would be like. I just couldn’t decide if I’d prefer to have four or six children. As it turns out, I’ll soon have it both ways. I’m expecting to give birth to my fourth child this summer, and I also help care for my two stepchildren part time. What I never could have guessed is that there would be nearly 20 years between my oldest and youngest!
A friend recently suggested over coffee that I create a blog sharing my experiences as a mature woman (let’s say 40-something) who has chosen to become a mom again. In six years I’ll be finished raising the three children from my first marriage. To other people it may seem insane to start all over again, but my partner Christy and I are very excited!
Our patchwork family is even more colourful when you take into account our differences. I was raised in a big city in the American midwest, while my other half roamed wild through the remote mountains in the west of Ireland. I’m biracial, he’s blonde. I’m a dancer and aspiring writer, he’s a drummer and greenbuild artist. Our 5 spirited children are fluent in Gaelic as well as Snapchat, eye-rolling, and anything Minefield related.
If any of this sounds familiar or piques your interest, put the kettle on and stay awhile… Comments and new friends are welcome!
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