Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #81 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
While attending my dad’s funeral awhile back, I had an epiphany. As a grown, middle-aged woman, it struck me that I was raised in a blended family.
I’m not really sure if the phrase/concept was “big” when I was growing up – I don’t ever remember it being discussed or even mentioned on “The Brady Bunch” – but when my father remarried a few years after my mother’s death, that pretty much sealed our situation.
Now my stepmom hadn’t had any kiddos of her own, and she and my dad never had any children together, either, so that may also have contributed to the fact that it never really felt blended, but I can say with certainty that at the tender age of 10, a whole ‘nother set of people became family members.
This has kinda rocked my world.
But please don’t worry about me…I’m still fine. I’m handling all my day-to-day responsibilities as usual (for better or worse!), and I haven’t needed any meds other than for the occasional headache, but still…
Well, actually, there’s quite a bit “still”, so today Jed and Jen over at Coffeeshop Conversations are very kindly hosting a guest post I wrote on exactly what “but still…” entails.
Not to fear, tho: I don’t ever write from the “poor me” standpoint. Since I started blogging, I’ve always asked the Lord to show me how I can take ANYthing that’s happened to me – good or bad – and use it to educate, encourage or inspire others. So if you, or anyone you know, comes from a blended family, I’d love to read you,r or their, thoughts on my article: How to Preserve the Gift of Being a Blended Family. (Just click on the link and the article will open up in another tab…)
But first, on to this week’s features!
Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough? Well, if not, then you can skip this post. But for me…well, Mel, at Essential Thing Devotions, delivered a much-needed dose of encouragement to me in this one! Make sure you head on over to her Facebook page and give her a holla, and a thanks, if she spoke to you, too <3!
My neighbor used to call it “puttering”, Giftie Etcetera calls it “pittering” – “tomato, tomahtoe” – it works for me!
Sarah Ann, from Faith Along the Way, did this guest post that Crystal shared with us from TidBits of Experience. Now that’s teamwork!
Thank you so much for your inspiration and timely words, ladies…
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