Our Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us!  This is going to be a very unique blog.  Where to start?  Well, in short, we were each divorced…about 4 years after our divorces we fell in love…and we decided to get remarried.

As with most everyone who falls in love we thought it would all work out well because we have so much love for each other and we have God leading the way.  We started reading books in preparation and we immediately got discouraged.  Most resources out there for couples getting remarried are not what you would call positive.  The pitfalls were endless and we figured that it simply couldn’t be as bad as the books illustrated.  Whoa – were we wrong.

We had the most magical wedding imaginable on August 26, 2017.  From that point forward nearly every day was a struggle.  We have four kids in total (Michael has three and Joya has one).  We each have an ex-spouse.  We all moved into a new house together.  And on August 27, six people started a new family, living together having never done so before.  We tried to prepare, but quite honestly, nothing can prepare a remarried couple and blended family until you all go through it together.

We have chosen to share our journey publicly, to present our challenges and to open ourselves up in an effort to help others.  We will provide real-time sharing with other remarried couples and blended families.  Why?  Because divorce isn’t an option for us and we don’t want it to be an option for others.  We love each other deeply and we are committed to make it work – as the vows say – for better or worse.  Hopefully, together, we all help each other.

**We are the furthest thing from experts.  What we are is a couple who struggles like everyone else in marriage, remarriage, and in blended families – and we wished there was a resource like this before we got married and as we struggle through our first year.  There isn’t – so we are creating it!**

Please know this – we are EXCITED about our marriage and new blended family and we WANT to help you in yours.  We hope this is helpful to you and look forward to connecting.

“A good marriage is a contest of generosity.” — Diane Sawyer

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  1. Dear friends – Many thanks for your authenticity and starting this blog! My prayer is that it will be an oasis and inspiration for many on the journey. We’re sharing in the joys and trials of family life right alongside you and we love your family. May God bless you and keep you always in His tender loving care, and may you continue to find joy in the journey. XOXO

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  2. Welcome to the blogging world! Can’t wait to follow your story. Knowing half of your family I am looking forward to getting to know the rest. Mrs. Albiero!

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  3. Mike and Joya, I am so happy to see your stories of the real struggles couples face in remarriage. After a 24 year marriage, I gave up and divorced. The important part about sin is that God forgives. And not only did he forgive me, he gave me a “forever marriage.” He changed my mindset about marriage. I pray that the blending of your families will be as rich as ours.

    Caveat: it’s taken eight years. It’s not an overnight thing. Especially when there are teenagers involved. 😉

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