Ep 033: Cultivating Love and Safety for a Happy Blended Family
Catherine is one of those women who you’d never guess has a “past” or has experienced one of the most heartbreaking trials a woman can face. Her constant smile and kindness towards others as well as the amazingly happy family she has are the result of choosing joy, and navigating her way through one of her biggest challenges.
At the age of 28 with 4 young children aged 7, 5, 3 and 8 months old her family was forever changed after a car accident on the way home from family dinner. She lost her husband in the blink of an eye and was faced with the daunting task of raising these children on her own. And while she had the help of friends and family, as she put it, nobody loves your children the way you do. She became mother and father, taking on two roles and choosing to do it as well as she possibly could. She chose to thrive and not just to survive. She made it through years of single parenting with the help of resilient and patient children.
Years later she reconnected with her high school sweetheart and they married and blended their two families together. So now she is the proud mother of 7 children including two step children and her youngest son Jackson who unified the family and serves as their energetic family mascot!
I loved talking with Catherine about the ways she has not only overcome her biggest pains and obstacles, but how she’s grown to be the amazing woman and mother she is today.
Her insight into blending a family together and some of the ways they have grown are insightful not only for blended families but for all families. Working together, yearly vacations and fostering safe and loving environment are all ways she and her husband have worked to create a happy home.
I’m so happy Catherine shared her story with me so that I could share it with the rest of you. I hope that it serves as comfort, or a guide to those of you who may face the same trials.