Blended Families Week: When Love Trumps DNA…an Awesome Love Story

BY: - 20 Sep '13 | Blended Families

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Recently I shared Bible verses intended to encourage couples in their marriage. Many of the verses focused on love with one of them identifying the various things that define love.

It is my belief that all of these qualities are present in us as children. We love without limits. No matter what our parents do in our eyes they are sheer perfection and our desire is to have nothing more than their love. We forgive and keep no record of their wrongs. As we grow older and face our share of challenges, disappointments, heartbreaks and the various things that come with growing up, maintaining these characteristics begins to take more work.  And for some of us, it isn’t always as easy or as natural as it was when we were little. Some of us struggle to forgive unlike our children who can be fighting one minute and the next minute playing make believe on the playground with a peer.

That quality is one of the many things that makes being the recipient of a child’s love so miraculous. There is nothing on earth like it. If a child gives you their heart you are being given the most precious gift there is. But as the scripture says, “To whom much is given much is required.(Luke 12:48)”

Love Trumps DNA 1And that is why I rejoice for men like my husband. Men who realize the gift they are being given in the form of a child. Men who realize that children; however, they come into your lives, are a blessing meant to be valued, loved, nurtured and cherished.

My husband opened his arms and his heart to my daughter and I. I have watched his eyes light up at her accomplishments and I have seen the hurt in his face when her little heart ached. I have listened to him read bedtime stories, twirl her in the air and pray with her. I have talked to him as he has left work to go volunteer at her school and stood in the kitchen watching him help her with her homework. He has put together toys, driven around with a truck full of balloons and stood in line at amusement parks while little girls giggled with excitement behind him. He has adorned paper crowns and posed for a million pictures. There are countless things that he has done simply because there is nothing that brings him more joy than seeing his child happy.

His child. Our child.

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Krishann Briscoe wrote 32 articles on this blog.

Krishann Briscoe is a child welfare professional turned freelancer with a background in child and adolescent development and social work. In addition to authoring her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr., Krishann is a contributor for Disney's Babble, The Conversation and The Conscious Perspective. Krishann resides in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.

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    Hello there! This post couldn’t be written much better!
    Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this article to him.
    Fairly certain he’s going to have a great read. Thank you for sharing!

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Video: Short Film Captures the Challenges and Love of Blended Families

BY: - 8 Oct '13 | Blended Families

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When you bring together a blended family, everyone (and I mean everyone) will experience growing pains….from the step-parent, to the biological parent, to the kids. They all have to go through a period of adjusting to their new reality.  And this period can be easy for some and it can be very difficult for others.

I know this reality all too well as Lamar and I have a blended family. I already had 2 kids when we met; my son was 11 years old and my daughter was 2 years old. Can you imagine what Lamar had to go through being thrust into this ready-made family? Or, what about how my 11 year old son was feeling when he had to move to a new state and live in a home with such a strong male presence. I think the only one that ‘seemed’ to be fine with everything was baby girl…but aren’t 2 year olds pretty much happy about everything??

Eight years later, and if I had to contribute one thing to us thriving (yes thriving) as a family, it would be our (Lamar and I) decision to remain united.  We’ve shed some tears and we’ve had some differences, but we have always been able to reassure each other that we are in it together and that we love each other no matter what.

This is why I love this latest Marriage Pressure Points short film, because in 10 minutes it captures the emotions and tensions that blended families face. But, it also shows you that patience and love can truly keep it together.

BMWK –  We are honored to host the Official Web Premiere of the film Portrait here on BlackandMarriedwithKids.com.  Please take a look at it below and then let us know the keys to your blended family thriving. Can you relate to any of the characters in the movie?

Click here to see more Marriage Pressure Points films.

Marriage Pressure Points, is a ministry that has a heart for broken marriages, and is giving hope to restore these marriages.The ministry is made possible by the support of those who have a similar heart and hope for the restoration of these marriages.  You can help by visiting their website and making a donation of any amount. Please follow Marriage Pressure Points on Facebook.

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Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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