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10 Ways to Support Your Wife as a Stepmom

I just asked my wife how long she has been a stepmom. She knew almost down to the second: “Four years, four months and four days.” She’s done a lot in her life: run half marathons, earned a master’s degree, even changed the oil on fifty trucks a day for a summer job, but nothing has challenged her as much as being a stepmother to my two boys...

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Single Mom Survival Kit 6: Good Grief
Single Mom Survival Kit 6: Good Grief

Grieving is caused by a loss of someone or something you loved.  It is the realization that something that once was is no longer.  I have never experienced heavier grieving then when my husband told me he loved someone else and walked out. I have had friends disappoint me, dealt with loss of loved ones, and faced unemployment.  However, when...

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The Single Mom Survival Kit 4: Testing,Testing,1, 2, 3
The Single Mom Survival Kit 4: Testing,Testing,1, 2, 3

How is your journey going?  I do hope that you are having some victories.  Everyone is uniquely and intricately made which means that each single Mom’s journey will be unique. Sometimes this new life feels like living on a roller coaster.  Don’t worry, that’s normal! Hope Ladies, we need HOPE.  Hope makes us move ahead for the greater...

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Single Mom Survival Kit 3: The Monster Called FEAR
Single Mom Survival Kit 3: The Monster Called FEAR

Is there something wrong with me? Will anyone ever love me again?  Have you caught yourself asking these questions? Have you worried about how you’re going to figure out finances and look after the home while juggling your children’s lives? If so, you are not alone. When I first became a single Mom I asked all these questions too. When you...

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Single Mom Survival Kit 2: Boundaries
Single Mom Survival Kit 2: Boundaries

As a single mom, boundaries are essential to keep your family’s life stable and constant. Some people think that boundaries are negative because they put limits on our choices.  I have to disagree. We all need boundaries to safeguard us for a healthy lifestyle.  Without boundaries, life can be one exhausting attempt to catch up. Some families...

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Single Mom Survival Kit: A Box of Resources
Single Mom Survival Kit: A Box of Resources

I never imagined that I would be a single Mom. It only took a moment, just one question really, to turn my life upside down and change it forever. For years we sat in church together as a family. People used to say we looked like the family from Leave It to Beaver. Now here I was, parenting alone.  How could this happen?   I know many women...

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All I Could Do Was Cry
All I Could Do Was Cry

What I hoped to be an average night at work, turned out to be one of the most traumatic of my life. I work as a Registered Nurse on the Ob-Gyn floor at a local hospital. One of my patients was a young married woman in her mid to late twenties. The couple had been trying for several years to conceive and the wife was now eighteen weeks along with...

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Regaining Control of My Life
Regaining Control of My Life

Stress can do a lot to our bodies. Sometimes it causes physical pain. Sometimes it’s caused by emotional pain. After years of feeling rejected and abandoned by her mother, for Michelle Aguilar, food had always been her comfort. Her way of coping with pain controlled her life and made her feel guilty. It wasn’t until Michelle appeared on the reality...

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