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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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  • Happily Remarried and 11 Years of Blended Family Success

    Today marks our 11th wedding anniversary and as I reflect back on our marriage I am continually proud and amazed by all that we have accomplished. We have a beautiful home, all five of our children are launched into the world and are pursuing their dreams, which was our dream for them. It was a bumpy road at times and I often wondered, with all of the outside elements and influences that were working against us, how we were going to get past it and move on to live out our lives in peace and harmony, but we did and it’s AWESOME! We love our empty nester life, spending our weekends riding our bikes to the beach, driving up the coast to stroll shops in off the beaten path sleepy little beach towns, or staying at home tinkering in the yard or reading a book in silence with a glass of wine.  Keep this in mind, dear ones, as you navigate the rough waters of your own blended family relationships. I started this blog almost 10 years ago for those of you who are  in or about to enter into blended families to offer hope, wisdom, inspiration and solutions for the daily challenges you must face. I’m here to tell you it’s not easy, but it gets better so long as you stick together and don’t let anyone come between you. Namaste dear ones and best wishes to all of you.

    Published on April 25, 2017 · Filed under: ADVICE, BLENDED FAMILIES, Empty Nesters;
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