Bringing on the New Year

Happy New Year Everyone! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. We gained a puppy, our youngest turned one and oldest six, our 3-year-old is reading, my marriage is stronger than ever, my family has grown by one person, and school will be over this new year! I can’t believe all the amazing things we have done and we have in store for this new year.

 

I’m going to be improving myself now this new year. I have goals set and I am sticking to them! I have started using this new face mask and it has been AMAZING! My skin feels so soft after them. They’re made by pureandsimpleformoms on etsy. They’re seriously the best thing ever and the best part is that they are all organic. So, you’re not putting any chemicals o your face that will make you have a rash or something in that nature. Personally, they work wonders for me and I hope they do you as well. I go to the gym 5-6 days a week and started to really work hard keeping up with maintaining and losing the weight rather than gaining! Especially this holiday season.

I also got my new planner that I am so excited to start using! I now have a planner for pretty much everything. Everyday life, cleaning, organizing, holidays, financing, letters to my kids, mood tracker, and also my faith journal. Yes I have decided to regrow in y faith and become a catholic. This is where my spiritual guide has lead me and I am excited to see how far it takes me. This year has been full of new changes and this new year will only continue to get better.

 

I’ve learned to just get along with other people. Some people will never change and it’s better to get along with people than to constantly bicker. Especially for my children. They deserve the world and that what I am going to give them. No matter how hard it may get sometimes it’ll all be worth it when they grow up. They may not remember much when they get older about what presents they got, or where they went, but they will remember how you acted and towards people they love.

 

This new year is going to be a great one for me and I am excited! I cannot wait for things to start happening and changing. They’re so many new surprises coming and I cannot wait to share them with you all. This is going to be my best year yet! I’m not going to make this post long because I know everyone has goals to set and is going to star5t working towards them today, right? Let’s make this our year!

 

Happy New Year

Ginger Mama

The Importance of Co-Parenting

I know yes she has already wrote a blog on co-parenting, but I never wrote about the true importance of them. Trying to get along with the parent of your children is highly important! You don’t want your kids growing up in a broken family. They need to see their parents getting along for their sake. Sadly this is not the case with my family and it breaks my heart. Our oldest daughter asks me all the time why her mommy and daddy don’t get along and I just tell her that they have their differences. It just hurts the children.

How hard do you think it will be to miss your child’s first soccer game, first day of school, or even school pictures? These are things we have to deal with, and it takes a huge toll on my husband. I feel so bad for him on a daily basis, because of everything he has to miss. There are days where the kids drive us insane, but nobody wants to miss these important things. They are big moments in a child’s life and its something that really does mean a lot to the kids. They want their parents to be there for them always and its hard to be there when ‘you’re not allowed’. I cant wait for everything to change soon and be able to attend everyhing that we want to.

Trying to co-parent with someone is very hard. People need to just put their feelings aside and let each other be there for the kids. I know it broke my heart not being able to see all of Makayla’s soccer games. So was my parents, because they play a huge role in their life as well. Being around the chidren is the highlight of their days anymore, and to be deprived of seeing them do something they ove is just hurtful. I pray and I pray that they can finally workout their differences and just get along for once. I just want the kids to have a united family. I understand that for some families that it is nearly impossible to coincide with o another, but I ant mine to o it.

I hate having to see the children suffer from their families not getting along. They need to learn to how to put their feelings aside and get along. That is a hard lesson in life. If someone at their school or work doesn’t get along with them, they don’t need to know to treat that person poorly because that’s how their parents do it. They need to learn to kill people with kindness. That is what my family always taught me growing up and that’s what my personal beliefs are.

 

Hopefully all of you can learn to co-parent for your children and let them know that love is everywhere

 

Ginger Mama

Being a Step Parent

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This blog is going to be about my experience as a step-mom. So far it has been a very rough ride. My husband and I have two children together, and he has two little girls with his ex-wife. They do NOT get along what so ever. In fact they actually hate each other. Well their two little girls are my whole world. We call our family a clan and I couldn’t be any more happy with what we have.

Their mother though, she drives me insane. She refuses to let us know anything about the children, or what is going on in their lives unless it is convenient for her. One day she may read all this, and think ‘I did it. I really did my job on making this woman’s life hell’. Which she has.. There are days it actually affects my marriage, because of how rude and inconsiderate she can be. I am a Christian woman but it is HARD being a step parent. Very hard.

Her main priority is to try to keep the children away. Sorry but that will NEVER happen. My husband and her do not see eye to eye at all, where her and I semi get along. I do it for the kids. Not her, not my husband, not myself, but for those children. She shows me no respect what so ever. Has told me several times I am not their parent so I have no say, and I don’t understand how she can say these things! I treat and love those girls as if they are my own. I have cried myself to sleep numerous times over this. Just because there is the word Step in front of mom, I am still a PARENT. They call me mom as well, and they get treated the same way my two do.

I guess I am writing this blog to let other women know there will always be light at the end of the tunnel. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. I am trying to always be optimistic and to be there for my husband, but it is hard at times. I battle a very painful health condition, take care  of the children, do the housework, raise a puppy, take care of my husband, my marriage, my father-in-law, and try to stay organized on top of it all which makes it very rough on me to be there for someone constantly. Especially when you can’t be there for yourself.

I guess all a ‘step’ mom wants, is to be treated and respected for what she really is. A MOM. I am a mother not a step mother. I have enrolled the girls into sports, I buy them clothes, feed them, and anything else they need or want, so therefore I am a mom and deserve the same respect as one. Just because I didn’t carry them or give birth to them doesn’t make me any less of a mother to them.

‘just breathe Justine, there is light at the end of the tunnel’

 

GingerMama