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Dear Widow Police – I Won’t Revoke My Card

Nearly ten years ago, I was given exclusive membership to one of the world's crappiest clubs. October 9th, 2009 – the day I went from being half of M & M, Mrs. Michelle Steinke, and the wife of Mitchel Steinke to becoming a widow. No thanks. You can keep your membership card because at 36,

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Love Is Love – Blending a Family Through The Eyes of a Teenager

The blog below was written by our thirteen-year-old bonus daughter Haven. It has not been changed or edited by her parents in any way. I sure hope it helps some of you understand the mindset of a kid in a blended family. Our family has many dimensions, Haven and Kane have lived through divorce, while

How His Proposal Felt – Loving After Loss

December 22…. Five years ago tonight, by a quiet fireplace he looked deep into my eyes and asked me to be his wife. He was well aware of my journey thus far, my pain, my heartache, my young children, his children, my PTSD, the walls I'd built around my heart and my willingness, to this

The Man That Came After

You were not in the plan. My story did not write the way I penned it. I penned happily ever after. I composed the fairytale ending with the same man I married at 27 in a seaside chapel on the Big Island of Hawaii. I penned one man, one love, and one life. My pen