Welcome to the Big Top

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

Jane Howard

Four years ago, during my sophomore years in high school, my dad finally got a Facebook, despite my protesting, and within hours was talking and catching up with a woman he had gone to high school with. Facebook messages turned into exchanging phone numbers, which lead to text messages and phone calls. A short while later my dad was announcing to us four kids that he was driving five hours to meet and catch up with this seemingly mysterious woman whom we didn’t know a thing about. Things seemed to hit off for them and every weekend my dad would make the long five-hour drive down to her house, with her making the occasional trip up to our house. This was the beginning to what would become a crazy circus!

Time flew by and my older brother and sister knew that it was only a matter of time before our dad proposed and they got married. Not even a couple of weeks after we came to this realization, my dad gathered us all together and showed us the ring he had bought and that he was planning on driving down to surprise her. Things went according to plan and a year later I had gained a step mom, two step sisters, and three dogs (now a total of four dogs)! Our lives joined together and now we have a large blended family…or as we like to call it…a circus! Right now there are enough people included in our family that we could have our own soccer team if we chose to.

There’s never a dull moment in this house…how could there be when there’s four crazy dogs and a plethora of people coming in and out of the house? Both families are vastly different, but they say that opposites attract and that sure seems to ring true with this family. We’re all here for each other through the good and bad times no matter what. That’s what a family does even if we’re not related by blood. These last four years haven’t always been easy and have had their struggles, not just for me but for everyone, and I know the upcoming years won’t always be easy either, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing and I’m looking towards the future in anticipation!

Welcome to the circus! Pick a seat and enjoy the show!

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