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welcome to my family

June 28, 2011
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Thanks for all your supportive comments yesterday on my secret post. So many of you emailed me, tweeted me and left me messages on Facebook. Talk about a supportive group of people. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes admitting that you are on the wrong path and then starting a new one is the hardest and scariest part.

In other news, I found out this weekend that my Dad is going to be getting married. He has been dating, Jann, for several years now and they are finally going to be tying the knot. I could not be happier about this! Jann also has a son, Riley (he’s a young adult in his 20’s) who will be joining the family as well!

My Dad and Jann on their annual ski trip

Jann is super impressive! She is an artist and has recently opened her own art gallery in Austin called Austin Details! Right in the heart of downtown! If you are in the Austin area…go check her out!

I have always been 100% honest on my blog and I have mentioned several times that when my parents got divorced it was a hard time for me. I was 21 years old and was kind of past the point of that being a fear of mine. To say I was shocked would be a great understatement! My mom has been remarried to my stepdad Jim for almost 7 years and now my Dad is finally finding happiness too! It makes me so excited to know that both of my parents have found partners to share their lives and be happy with. So welcome to our crazy family Jann!! We are so excited!

Do you have a blended family?

How does that work for you?

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011 6:51 am

    Congrats to your dad and Jann.

    I never talk about this on my blog, but my dad got remarried when I was seven and I never got along with my stepmother. We’re civil and friendly enough now but it took YEARS to get there. I’m glad you like Jann. It makes a huge difference.

  2. June 28, 2011 7:14 am

    Yay for your dad and Jann. I’m glad you’re happy about it, too. It makes everything much easier when the kids are supportive.

    My mom remarried when I was in high school and while it was a pretty rough transition due to the timing (issues with our real dad, high school attitudes, etc) we’re all really happy now!

  3. June 28, 2011 7:36 am

    Your blendede’ness’ is lovely 😉

    Just read your “secret” – you are so right about not admitting to it or having to deal with it if you hide it.

    So, so proud of you. I am completely lost professioally and I turn 30 this summer. So it’s hard…

  4. June 28, 2011 8:02 am

    Congrats to your dad! That’s really exciting! My family is extremely blended. It works well. I have one full sister and two half sisters. We don’t treat each other that way though. We are family and that’s all that matters!

    Congratulations on finding your path. I’m 36 and still trying to figure it all out. I’m working towards a goal and I hope to get there eventually. I’m really happy for you Kelly! You know I wish you all the happiness in the world!

  5. June 28, 2011 8:15 am

    Oh so exciting for your dad! Congrats to him! It’s always wonderful to see your parents happy 🙂

  6. June 28, 2011 8:26 am

    Congrats! How exciting you get MORE family to share your life with 🙂

  7. June 28, 2011 8:27 am

    What an exciting time in the life of you and your family. You guys are rocking the major life changes….

  8. lowandbhold permalink
    June 28, 2011 8:40 am

    I so relate to this. My parents got divorced when I was 18, after promising me they wouldn’t (even when I begged them too because they were so unhappy). I took it really hard, as did my mom and as a result my college years were a hot mess. My dad went through an “adjustment period” (aka he was kind of a man slut) for awhile but then he met a woman who really made him happy and as a result allowed us to reconnect and become so much closer. They got married last year and I couldn’t be happier for them, and I love my stepmom a lot. I just wish my mom could find the same kind of happiness.
    Sorry to ramble, that just hit close to home 🙂
    Congratulations to your dad and Jann!

  9. June 28, 2011 8:42 am

    Congrats to your dad! My dad is remarried, my mom is not, but she’s had a lot of boyfriends. haha.

  10. June 28, 2011 8:55 am

    Congrats to your dad! That’s so exciting. 🙂

  11. June 28, 2011 9:17 am

    That’s so great! Now you can have your own version of Modern family with the blendedness(that’s not a word:))

  12. June 28, 2011 10:37 am

    Congrats to your dad!

    I have a step-dad and he had two children before he met my mom, but they are both older than me. We all have always gotten along great and my step-dad is the best thing ever! My blended family totally works! 🙂

  13. June 28, 2011 11:22 am

    Congrats to the growing fam!

  14. June 28, 2011 11:27 am

    Congrats to your Dad AND to you (just caught up on your decision)! I think it’s great that you really asked yourself WHA”T you want to do! For me, I’ve ALWAYS known I wanted to work in nutrition and fitness. I’m finally studying to become a PT so I can combine the two and start my own business! It’s always been my dream, just like teaching has been yours! I say, if you’re going to do it every day of your life…you might as well enjoy it!

  15. June 28, 2011 7:00 pm

    Congrats to your dad! My dad remarried, my mom did not. Sometimes i think my mom is too much of a free spirit to get married again! She moves to the beat of her own drum 🙂

  16. June 28, 2011 10:18 pm

    Hooray, congrats and hugs to your dad! I love expanding the family!

    I don’t have a blended family, but it is unconventional. My closest sibling is 12 years older than I am. My brothers and I weren’t always close, but we are now and I love the unique-ness of my family!

  17. June 29, 2011 6:06 am

    I don’t have a blended family, but quite a few of my friends do. My friend Mary (who’s wedding I was in) was a little older when her parents got divorced, but now the entire family gets along pretty well- step parents and all! I love that there’s a way to find harmony through it all…

    Congrats to your dad!

  18. greensandjeans permalink
    June 29, 2011 9:08 am

    Congratulations to your dad! It feels so good when your loved ones are happy, doesn’t it?

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