I met and married my husband, Mike, 16 years ago. Seriously, we were married 7 months after our first date and I would have to say I have no regrets. The toughest part of that situation is that I was 22 and he 35, the father of 10 and 8 year old boys. I became the step mom of those boys at a VERY young age and didn't even remotely have a clue. God is good and we all survived, miraculously I would definitely say. I am still in love with this man but not without our struggles. I have learned that love is a choice and when you make a choice to love through whatever circumstances it becomes a relationship that is so solid I wouldn't trade places with a single person on earth.
We have two boys together, Jackson and Corbin, 13 and almost 8. I love my stepsons to death, but they are both grown, married and very busy with their own lives. So my time now is devoted to my younger boys. Jackson is a tournament baseball player, piano student, and wonderful actor. He is brilliant and I am so proud of him. He is also the quintessential teenager that drives me nuts.
Corbin is profoundly deaf and hears with cochlear implants in both ears. He does extremely well in a mainstream 2nd grade class with an FM system. He has a passion for food, art, and travel. Crazy stuff for an 8 year old but I kid you not it's true. He is taking piano now too. I could talk for hours about our experience with Corbin's hearing issues. I remember finding a journal I had written the first year of his life when he was around 5 and I realized everything was about his hearing. It completely broke my heart because I understood that I didn't enjoy my baby, I was so wrapped up in his special need. I wish someone had told me to see him for who he is, not just his special need. Oh well at least I finally learned. Corbin is truly amazing and I thank God for all of my children every day.
A little more on my stepsons. Michael and Jason, 26 and 24 are a huge part of our lives along with their wives, Lindsey and Catherine. Michael and Lindsey have made me "Granny Cole" at a mere 38 years old! Ethan Paul is PRECIOUS.
Jason is in medical school and I cannot even begin to express how exiting that is. Catherine is an angel from heaven. I always wanted a daughter and even though I know she doesn't need another mother she is the daughter I always wanted. Too bad they live in West Virginia. :(
I must say I am blessed beyond measure!