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Carol Shwanda chronicles her blended family's lives and experiences offering hope, guidance, wisdom, inspiration and humor to anyone who is in or about to enter into a blended family.

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I would like my blog to be a forum for my readers to share their stories and experiences and express their views and opinions about being a part of a blended family. I am working on a book tentatively titled:Blended Family Stories. It will be an in depth look at the real life challenges and joys of successful blended families. If you would like to be part of my research I'd love to hear from you.Take my Blended Family survey

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  • World Traveling Daughters

    As I write this post my oldest daughter, Sophia, is watching a soccer game in Barcelona and my youngest daughter, Eva, is skiing in Austria. I am so proud of my world traveling daughters and the adventurous, sophisticated and polished travelers they are. It’s not surprising since they have been on airplanes, trains, buses and subways since they were infants. Not to mention numerous road trips in the car including one 3 week cross-country  trip with their dad. Living on the “Left Coast” of California with family back East, the girls got used to long airplane rides and because they were  exposed to other cultures and lifestyles, it fostered their passion for travel and their ability to navigate an airport, train, bus and subway station.

    What makes their father and me even more proud is that they are both born leaders, which is a sign of true independence. It’s hard to believe that they will be 18 and 21 this summer. I will be in Europe with them to celebrate. I leave at the end of May and return mid-June. I can’t wait.


    Published on March 18, 2014 · Filed under: CELEBRATIONS;
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