HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY?
Our family is modern. My sons father and I were never married, and split up when my son was 1.5 years old. We made a commitment to always live near one another and that one of us would never try to take our son from the other. We made a commitment to our son. Our son is now 10.
I met someone 6 years ago and am still with him. We were long distance between California (where I lived) and Atlanta. 3 years into our relationship we were either ending it or someone was moving. It made more sense for me to move to Atlanta then it did for him to move to California. Except for the fact that we'd need to convince my sons father to move as well. I wasn't moving my son cross country without his father nor was I going to move out of the state without him.
My boyfriend and I bought my sons father a plane ticket to visit Atlanta. We asked him to visit and see if he'd be interested in relocating. He was and we all moved cross country from California to Atlanta.
We do not all live in the same household (though we did briefly). My son lives full time with my boyfriend and I. His father is at our house regularly. We eat meals together, drive together to my son's sporting events, and share holidays together. My boyfriend, my son and his father regularly go to the movies together. My son's father even watches our pets when we travel.
DOES FAITH PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR FAMILY? IF YES OR NO, PLEASE EXPLAIN.
I wouldn't say that Faith, in regards to religion plays a role in our family at all. We could, however discuss faith in a more practical way. We promote faith in humanity in our household. We believe that for the most part (barring mental illness and extenuating circumstances) we can and should assume that our fellow human beings are doing the best they can. We believe in having faith in our fellow humans.
On a more spiritual note - we discuss faith based religions, my son's father believes in Christ, and we promote acceptance and understanding.
ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGES THAT YOUR FAMILY FACES THAT YOU FEEL ARE DISTINCT FROM OTHER FAMILIES?
All families face challenges and all are unique at some level.
We are challenged by our commitment to maintain a family even though the biological parents are no longer a couple. I think typically a divorced or split family would not do anything together. The parents may even avoid each other at an event for the child or meet in parking lots to exchange the child and not even get out of the car. We work hard to maintain a true family (with a modern twist).
There are times when I really do not want to be around my son's father and vice versa is most likely true. We did break it off for a reason. Some how for the greater good we are able to over come those selfish needs and be a family for our child. And most often truly enjoy each others company!
As one might imagine, 3 parental ideologies are tougher to manage than 2. I am not even sure where to begin here. Its tough for two parents to meet and co parent and its harder for 3.
WHAT BRINGS GREAT JOY TO YOUR FAMILY?
We do lots of everyday things together. We cook and eat together, play games, watch movies, the boys (two dads and our son go to the movies together), we go out to eat together. We do all the everyday things, but we also like to do something very special together, SOCCER!
We all love to play soccer and be outdoors. We like to get together and play soccer at the park or in the yard. There is a family pick up game in Decatur that we used to frequent before my son's club soccer schedule grew. That was a really fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon together.
Recently we were in Orlando for a soccer tournament for my son. After his games were completed we stuck around the fields and watched another team play. We soon were distracted from watching the game and started an impromptu soccer tennis game with some kids and parents.
Soccer is an important part of our lives.
WHAT IS A WORD, QUOTE, PASSAGE, VERSE OR SAYING THAT DESCRIBES YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
I need a poet, or my son to respond to this (He's at school right now). We are Progress