I met my ex-husband when we were in college and we dated for two years and got married in our senior year. Our oldest was born right away and then three more girls followed in the next 7 years. We had our ups and downs and always seemed to have money issues. We were always good friends and had a good time together, however in 2008 I became involved with another man and that led to our divorce the following year. Now, before you send me any hate letters, let me say that I in no way condone having extramarital affairs. I am simply explaining what happened in my life. It was not pretty and a LOT of shit went down. Everyone involved got hurt and it was so not the right way to go about it. However, I am not perfect and sometimes bad stuff happens. You just have to roll with it.
As a result of the divorce, my ex requested custody of our daughters. This was really hard for me, but he was eventually granted custody. He moved about an hour and a half away so that he could be close to his parents. It sucks to have them so far away, but it could be worse. My ex and I are now in a good place emotionally. We have forgiven each other and made peace which is always better when kids are concerned.
So, that guy that I left my husband for? We are still together and I love him now more than ever. His name is Jason and he is not someone that I would have seen myself with, but I think that makes it all the more perfect. He is an Aries and he is very stubborn and opinionated. He loves Metal and tattoos and me. Much to our surprise, we discovered I was pregnant shortly after my divorce was finalized. Not the best timing, but we rolled with it and our daughter was born in May 2010. The natural step you would assume would be for us to get married, but we really aren't in a huge hurry. He was actually in a bad marriage before he met me and is still terrified of the thought of getting married again. It will probably happen one of these years and when it does, it will be one hell of a party.
My family has dubbed my daughters, "The Pinks" as they are all pretty girly and we have gone through enough pink clothes to last a lifetime. Fortunately, they all have very different personalities and have developed their own likes and dislikes. I think pink is still on the list somewhere, though.
Hannah Rose is my oldest at 16 years old. She is very much the bossy older sister (she's a Taurus), however she is really growing into a beautiful young woman. She has a good heart and is a good friend. She is learning to drive and the thought of that scares the bejeezus out of me. She is also a budding photographer and has really discovered a talent for it. She is also a lovely singer and my biggest helper when it comes to her younger sisters.
Cordelia Grace is my sensitive soul. She is 12 and has always been rather shy and reserved. She is my July baby and a Cancer. She has always been very loving and will be the first one to give hugs. She tends to get her feelings hurt easily and also at that awkward pre-teen age where everything is a big deal. She loves cooking and baking and is obsessed with Cake Boss and DC Cupcakes.
Paige Nanette is my artist. She is 10 and it is rare that I don't see this girl with a pen and paper in her hand. She is my fellow Gemini and I fully expect to go to one of her Gallery showings in the next few years. She constantly amazes me with her artistic talent. She is incredibly creative and even being the middle child, she has no chance of being left out. She has a bubbly personality and instantly engages everyone she meets.
Elsa Ruth is almost 9 and she was my first baby. She is a budding gymnast and is always doing backbends and cartwheels around the house. She is also the neatest of the girls and like to have her things in a very precise way (Virgo). Don't cross her though or she will lash out. She has probably struggled the most with the divorce and we are still dealing with the fallout. She is very reserved around new people, but once she gets to know you, she'll talk your ear off.
Emmeline Marlena is my final baby. She is two years old and is becoming very much her own little person. She is actually very much like Hannah was when she was young (another Taurus). She actually has a unique position of being an only child and having older sisters. She gets so excited when they are visiting, though, they don't always do things "her way". She is such a fun kid and I love watching her discover new things each day.
So, there you have it, my modern family. My life is pretty much an open book so if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.