Changes For the Better Or….Trading Up #SwitchersRemorse

I want to start out by saying that this is a very personal post. I have never shared this entire story publicly, but somehow it just seemed like the right time to get it all out there so to speak. So here goes…

I always said that I never wanted kids. Luckily for me, my then-husband agreed with me. At the time we were happily married and life was good. We had all the freedom in the world!

Then one day it hit me – I was 29 years old and I certainly wasn’t getting any younger. Baby fever had finally stuck me and it struck hard. I wanted to get pregnant as soon as possible. So one day during my lunch hour at work, I sat down and made a list of pros and cons that I would present to my husband in an effort to convince him that I had a change of heart and was ready to have a baby.

The conversation went surprisingly well. He was very supportive and we both agreed that we would start trying immediately. Three weeks later I was pregnant. I had an amazing pregnancy – It was the best I had ever felt and on August 3, 2004, the baby boy that I had anxiously waited 9 months to meet was finally here. Looking at his perfect face, I couldn’t even imagine that time in my life when I didn’t want kids.

Being a mom completely changed my life. I became a better person and have never loved anyone or anything so hard in all my life, but deep down I always knew I was meant to have two babies. I sat my then-husband down again, two years after we had our first, and told him that it was time to have our second and final baby. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy to get pregnant the second time around. After about 6 months of actively trying, I made an appointment with my OB/GYN. My husband had his sperm count tested a few times over a several month period and everything came back normally. So almost after trying for nearly a year to get pregnant, the doctor gave me a prescription for Clomid, which is a fertility drug. He told me to take the first one on the first day of my next period.

But my period never came that next month. I was FINALLY pregnant. Unfortunately, the stress of trying for that long put a major strain on mine and my husband’s relationship.

This pregnancy didn’t go as well as the first and things were definitely more strained with my husband and I. At the time we were both working – opposite schedules so that we could keep our toddler out of day care, so we hardly saw each other. On top of that, about two months before I had the baby, I was put on bed rest because my blood pressure was through the roof, forcing my husband to take on a second job. He and I discussed it at length and decided that once I had the baby, I would stay home with both kids. The job I was working called for odd hours and with a newborn and toddler, we didn’t think we would be able to make it work.

Because of the high blood pressure, the OB/GYN decided to induce me and we scheduled that for Thursday August 16, 2007. I reported to the hospital at 11 like I was told to and induced within a half hour of my arrival. But every time I would have a contraction, the baby would stop breathing, so I ended up having an emergency c-section. When the doctor came in and told me that he was prepping me for surgery, I started to cry. I had never been so scared in my entire life, but everything went off without a hitch and my second perfect baby boy was finally here.

I was in the hospital for three days when I asked to go home. I know that the insurance would have covered a fourth night, but I just wanted to get home. If you’ve spent a night in the hospital, you know that there is no rest for the weary there, so I figured I was better off at home.

So there we were, the four of us, trying to figure out our routine. It was actually easier than I thought it would be to be honest. We were on a relatively tight schedule with our now three year old anyways, so the new baby basically just went along for the ride. Then it happened. Six nights after I got home, I went into the bathroom to pee and saw blood all over the top of my pants. I didn’t feel anything, but I knew it wasn’t vaginal bleeding – it was from the area of my incision. My husband called 911 and sent me off to the hospital until he could get someone to our house to stay with the kids.

Apparently my incision had re-opened. The ER doctor stitched me up and sent me on my way, but because it was a Saturday, I was told to call my doctor on Monday and to just keep a maxi pad over the wound to soak up any drainage.

As it turns out, my incision ended up being open for 13 weeks. Yes, 13 weeks. I had a visiting nurse come to my house every day to clean out the wound and make sure it wasn’t getting infected. Every day. For 13 weeks. I also had to trek out with the kids in tow to see the doctor every week so that he could monitor the progress. The wound had closed a little on its own, but I ended up needing a second surgical procedure to get the incision to finally heal. The doctor ended up having to cut away the skin that wasn’t healing and then re-stitch me up. I was so happy that it worked.

In the midst of all this (having a toddler, a newborn and daily visits from a visiting nurse), my then-husband had also decided that it wasn’t working between us and moved out. The stress of everything was just too much for him and even though I told everyone that it was a mutual decision for us to split, the truth is, he is the one that wanted to go. I always knew he would leave me someday, I just didn’t think it would be as soon as it was and I definitely didn’t think I would be in that situation when he did.

Was I sad to see him go? Not really. There was no love there anymore and I in my soul of souls, I knew I would be better off without him.

Thankfully my friends and parents pitched in to help out. A LOT. And I made it work. I found an amazing job in which I could work from home, so I was making money and able to stay home with my babies.

In 2010, I got remarried to an amazing man named Christian. He is the best husband and step-father to my children that I ever could have hoped for. I honestly could not be any luckier and if that chapter in my life hadn’t ended, a new one never would have begun. And I really like the new one.

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I am also very happy to say that my kids have a great relationship with their father. He is very active and involved in their lives and I couldn’t be happier that he wants to be a part of their lives.

My boys are well adjusted and very, very loved, and after all, that is all a mother could ever ask for, right?

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127 comments

  1. Ashley B

    I am so glad that in the end, you had a happy ending. My 1st husband ran away to Louisiana a few times during our marriage. He wasn’t able to deal with the fact that I had a good job and made more money than he did. After he left my son and I the third time, I filed for divorce. Best decision of my life.

  2. Brandy

    Thank you for sharing such a personal post. HUGS!

  3. Monica Vila

    yes wow what an incredibly personal story, thank you for sharing it Robin!

  4. Janine Huldie

    I knew part of your story about getting Chris, but not all of this. So thank you foe sharing such a personal side of yourself here with all of us here today. Hugs <3

  5. Annmarie

    great post Robin! So happy for you (and so sorry about your experiences after birth!) you are a strong woman!

  6. Pam

    Robin is very strong! There are so many things that can wrong after birth, it’s scary.

  7. Laura H

    You amaze me. Thank you for sharing such a personal story and you are right happy is all us moms want. Hugs!

  8. heather

    Love this. You give me hope, thanks for sharing!

  9. alexisakamom0616

    Girl I love you shared your story. So personal and I’m so happy you found the love of your life, he sounds like such an amazing man!I’m sorry you had such a rough recovery :(. Much love for sharing!

  10. Liz Mays

    She’s definitely got a good one now, doesn’t she? I’m so glad they found each other.

  11. toughcookiemommy

    This is definitely a very personal story. It took a lot of courage to share it on such a public medium.

  12. Theresa

    Sounds a lot like my best friend and her ex. Though, she’s not as lucky that their father left while she was newly pregnant with the second and never came back, even as the kids grew, she did find her soul mate shortly after, and they are getting ready to celebrate 10 years of marriage. He IS their daddy in every sense of the word!

  13. Michele

    Many times a divorce is the best thing for the kids. A real man will take care of children and help them grow whether they are his biologically or not–that is a real man!

  14. maggiesblog2

    Thank you for sharing this. It just goes to show that even when bad things happen and it sucks for us it just paves the way for our lives to get so much better. You are so strong to do all that by yourself. So glad things worked out for you in the end!

  15. Jason Young

    Thanks for sharing. Your story is the story of many other moms and also quite a few dads.

  16. Mykidsguide

    It must have been so difficult to be left alone when you just had your second. You are right though when you said that if that chapter in your life didn’t close, a new one won’t begin. So nice to see that you are happy now.

  17. Elizabeth O.

    Thank you for sharing with us your story. Life is not always beautiful, but you stood up and braved all the hurdles. I’ve been visiting your blog for a couple of months now and I admire you and your beautiful relationship with Chris. You have a great family and you are teaching your kids well.

  18. Jeannette

    It really sounds like you did switch up. I’m so glad your first husband is a good father to your kids and that you ended up with the stable life you always wanted. I also switched up with my hubby and it was the best decision I ever made:-) We’re lucky ladies!

  19. family

    Sounds like you made the right choice! Sometimes switching works out for the best.

  20. Indah Nuria Savitri

    Thanks for sharing it with us, Robin…life gives us lemon, but I’m so happy you have a beautiful life with your lovely family now ..

  21. Lisa

    Glad to hear that you were able to overcome a difficult situation

  22. Nicole Lutzy

    Wow I had no idea! I could not imagine! I am glad everything worked out and there was light at the end of the tunnel!

  23. Chubskulit Rose

    I read the whole thing and glad toknow you a little more. It’s nice that although you and your ex-husband did not work out, he is still involved with the boys’ lives. I grew up with 8 siblings so when I was younger I told m,yself that I don’t want kids. I didn’t even plan on getting married but that changed when I met my husband, I was 30 when I got hitched. I thought to myself, what good a marriage is without kids. I was 32 when I finally got pregnant. http://www.cottrillseyeview.com/

  24. Planet of the Apels

    I’m so glad things worked out in the end! I’ve heard that c-section incisions can do that (open up). I had 2. Mica was a breech baby, and wouldn’t turn from the outside. I can totally see how jobs, and kids can be stresses on marriage. When Travis lost his job I was trying to be so supportive. It’s stressful though. Travis was also stressed when he watched my sister’s 2, 2 days a week when the boys were little. Her youngest wouldn’t take a bottle. He screamed nearly the whole time. Nothing seemed to work, so her then baby learned to take a sippy cup VERY early. When both boys were really sick in the hospital 2 different times that was also stressful. I’m surprised we have lasted through all that.

  25. sign4baby

    What a story. Sometimes in the moment we don’t know what will lay around the bend and it can shatter us to have some unexpected life changes. So glad you had the support you needed to pick yourself up and make everything turn out for the best. I love reading personal posts – gives us a better glimpse of who we are reading online.

  26. Stephanie

    I love when bloggers tell personal stories like this! So glad you have a happy ending. And I thought it was funny that you said you always knew he’d leave. I’ve felt that way myself. And I was right. Something in us always knows.

  27. Wendy

    So glad things worked out so well for you! It’s great that your kids have such an active father and great stepfather. Kids can never have TOO many good influences.

  28. Ourfamilyworld

    You are a strong woman Robin. It may not have been your decision that he left, but it definitely turned out for the better.

  29. Jeanine

    Thanks for sharing your story! You have such a beautiful family. Your boys do look very happy, and they are well loved you can really tell!:)

  30. Heather

    My ex hard kids and I’m so glad I never had any with him. I’m glad your kids have a great relationship with their dad and step-dad, makes things a lot easier when everyone gets along. Still having your husband walk out on you with a newborn baby after a terrible surgery, that’s just bad. The vows say in sickness and health….not only when times are good.

  31. Michele

    When one door closes–another opens. I am so happy that it opened to a brighter and happier future for you!

  32. Carly Brydon Anderson

    Thank you for sharing some very deep, intimate details of your life with us. It definitely sounds like everything worked out for the best, and I’m really happy to hear that your sons’ father is still in their lives!

  33. Amanda

    Sharing your story provides so many other people, especially new moms, with the encouragement they need to get through a difficult situation. I’m so glad that you found such a wonderful man and that your boys have such a great relationship with both of the men in their lives. All the best!

  34. Amanda Ripsam

    I’m am so glad we have become friends, I can see how you would be calling this a switching up post because your story about how you had your entire life switched around when your first husband up and left you. I’m very glad you found your current husband you guys seem like you have a ton of fun together as a family.
    Thank you for sharing and opening up to us. I love hearing other people’s stories.

  35. Sally Witt

    Very personal and interesting story. I went through 11 1/2 years of infertility treatments, and am so happy that my husband and I survived that. We never did have children. We live in an extended family home with my sister (who is divorced) and her two children. We are all very close and I feel that we have had the best possible outcome without having our own children. OF COURSE we have 2 dogs and 2 cats. LOLThank you for sharing your story, and your “happily ever after” is wonderful.

  36. Penny Struebig

    Sometimes you have to go through the really bad stuff to get to the good. Sounds like now you have found the good in your new husband.

  37. Ai Sakura

    a wound open for 13 weeks???! Gosh that’s awful and you’re so strong to have gone through all that with a toddler and newborn in toll. thanks for sharing your heartfelt story with us. I’m really happy that life is looking so good for you know and there’s a guy there that loves you and your boys so much xoxAi @ Sakura Haruka

  38. Sophie O'Reilly

    Thanks for sharing your story, I always find it interesting reading about other people’s lives. You look like such a happy family!

  39. [email protected]

    Wow, I’m still stuck on the 13 weeks! That’s insane and I’m sorry you had to go through that. What a blessing that you conceived so quick the first time and that Clomid worked right away. We tried for a year and a half with Clomid and iUI for our first pregnancy to end in a miscarriage. So now it’s back to waiting and wishing. Your story is encouraging that it all works out in the end!

  40. Agata @ BarkTime (@AgataPokutycka)

    I am glad all worked out in the end and you have one happy family. Sometimes step-fathers can be so much better than fathers

  41. Jacob Fu

    Thanks so much for sharing! It sounds like Christian is an amazing man and great dad!

  42. Jaime N.

    I was very brave of you to share such a personal story! We have an amazing stepdad in my family too!

  43. MJ L

    So glad you had s happy ending, and you and your boys are healthy & happy!

  44. Kate K (My Mommy Brain)

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m very happy that things worked out for you. Christian sounds like an amazing man and stepfather.

  45. asbestrecipes

    I am so sorry for the ordeal you had gone through to get pregnant and then your surgery yet now you have a beautiful family god bless you!

  46. Britney Mills (@princesscowboys)

    It’s crazy how pregnancy works differently for each person. We are again on the rollercoaster of trying to have another. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  47. upliftingfam

    I can relate to your story. I had just had my older son shortly before my x was to be deployed to Japan for a year. Needless to say, our marriage crumbled over that year. I ended up divorcing him and it took me and long time to find the right man to remarry. I’m glad I never settled. My husband and I just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. Our marriage is so different than my first too.

  48. Jeana B.

    If you put your mind into getting it, then you are sure that you gave it your all.

  49. Catherine C.

    Thank you for sharing your story , great story and very insipring , thank you for making me inspired .

  50. ronleyba (@ronley_ph)

    Very lovely story. Glad you found the right father for your kids and the right husband for you.

  51. Katherine

    Wow, that really was a deep story! Thanks for sharing about it

  52. Rebecca Swenor

    This is an awesome post indeed of your personal life. It does really show how strong you are as a woman and mother. I have always thought that there is always something good in everything thing bad and your story proves it. Thanks for sharing.

  53. Catherine C.

    You inspire me . And you amaze me .. Thank you for sharing to your personal story this will be the great post ive read today.

  54. irishred13

    13 weeks is crazy! I’m happy you found a good guy who love your kids like his own. Yes that is what all mother’s are looking for!

  55. Franc Ramon

    It’s nice to read how motherhood came to you and the story of your pregnancies. It’s also nice that you found a new love, husband and a step-father to your kids.

  56. Rosey

    I can’t imagine the incision opening part, oy!! I’m so happy you shared your story . It is very obvious from your posts that life just works out. I love your family shares here!

  57. Felicita Moncada

    Wow, you have been through a lot. You are such a strong women. Trying for my second child was also difficult for me as well. It took months but after taking my basal temperature everyday – I learn a lot about my body. It was such a wake up call. So glad you are in a better place now!

  58. April (@theaprilnoelle)

    I also was in the camp of never wanting to have children, but for me, God told me otherwise. Despite protections, two of my four children were conceived. I haven’t looked back. Thank you for opening up with us.

  59. becca112971

    Sounds like you ended up right where you were meant to be. Life has a way of taking us where we need to go.

  60. Jess C

    Thank you for your honesty – it’s never easy to share such personal stories. But I’m very happy that you’ve found your happiness!

  61. Janell @ Saving You Dinero

    Im happy it all worked out for you. I could not image how difficult it could have been for you to handle all of that.

  62. Dawn

    I am so glad it all worked out for you. I always love seeing pictures of your family. Everyone looks so happy. Sometimes a closing door is the best thing that can happen to us!

  63. Owen's Mom

    Sometimes decisions are only good for right then and there. We change as people… and we have to keep changing our decisions to reflect that. Glad it worked for you and you have those two handsome boys!

  64. Cherri Megasko

    Oh my goodness, Robin! I’m so sorry you had to go through that physical trauma with your second pregnancy. It sounds horrific. But finding the right man after all was said and done was the ultimate payoff. I’m happy you didn’t suffer from #SwitchersRemorse!

  65. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    You certainly traded up in a big way! You and your family look so happy!

  66. littlemisscant

    Life sure has a funny way of throwing you a curve ball but it sounds like you ended up the winner. Two adorable boys and a new hubby that adorable you!

  67. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    Sounds like you went through quite an ordeal! I’m happy you found the person that was right for you in the end!

  68. toughcookiemommy

    I think it is so wonderful that your children lucked out with such a great dad even if he isn’t their biological one. New beginnings can be very nice sometimes and your life is the perfect example of this.

  69. Melissa Pezza

    I’m so happy you found someone for you and your boys. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of your family when you weren’t all happy.

  70. Amy Desrosiers

    What a wonderful story Robin! I am glad that your life went from good to great! Your boys and husband are such a blessing!

  71. Christy Maurer

    What a scary experience! I am glad your boys are healthy and happy! It sounds like they have a good dad and step dad.

  72. Angelic Sinova

    I’m so glad things turned out great in the end! You and your boys are luckily to have Christopher in your life and your sons are really lucky to have such a strong mom! <3

  73. katrina g

    This was a great story!!!! we are looking at verizon!

  74. Jenna Wood

    This is such a raw and very real life story. I am sure many women undergo similar stories every day, but also do not feel the confidence to voice it quite yet. You’re an inspiration and I’m glad husband #2 was the right pick!

  75. Catherine S

    Thanks for sharing such a personal story. Everything turned out great in the end. Christian sounds like a wonderful guy.

  76. Tyra

    So inspirational that you shared your story. Great that you had a happy ending and it all worked out!

  77. Kelly (@KickingWKelly)

    Thank you for sharing such a personal story. I cannot imagine living such a nightmare, but glad all is well now.

  78. Pam

    Thanks for sharing your story. It’s always hard to share personal things like this online!

  79. Dogvills

    Thank you for sharing a very personal story. Glad to hear that it’s over now and you have found your soul mate.

  80. Patranila Jefferson

    It’s very courageous of you to tell your story. Best of luck to you and your family.

  81. kleebanks

    What an experience you had! I’ve never heard of an incision like that NOT closing up! So thankful to hear you’re OK now and in your new life, you have a loving hubby and your sons have THREE loving parents.

  82. Krysten

    What an experience! Although I didn’t have kids with my first husband it was still hard when we decided to divorce. I tell people it was a mutual decision but ultimately I’m the one that told him to go – he constantly lied to me and cheated on me. He was dragging me down and I couldn’t stay any longer.Despite the fact that my now husband and I are going through a tough spot (he was just laid off this week) I know we’ll make it through because we trust and love each other. Even though it’s hard he makes it easier.

  83. Amber NElson

    Everything happens for a reason. Thanks for sharing your story

  84. Marcie W.

    I love reading personal posts about my favorite bloggers even if they are not always happy or carefree. You and I have a few things in common that I never knew prior, which helps to know we are never alone. I am so glad everything turned out perfectly for you and your family.

  85. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}

    Wow, thank you for putting that out there. I’m sure there will be a lot of gals in your situation that may read this and know that God has bigger and better plans for their lives. Just like He did for you. You are certainly blessed!

  86. Nicole Lutzy

    Sometimes stepfathers can be better fathers than birth fathers, that’s how it is with me. Looks like a happy family!

  87. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    Thank you for sharing! So incredibly happy for you!

  88. Linda

    Such a heartwarming story! I am so glad that you found your true love.

  89. Tammy Roy

    I am so happy you have you found happiness. I can not imagine having such a hard time healing after you had your second child. The stress must have been threw the roof.

  90. Ann Bacciaglia

    My Sister had to have a C section with her kids. The incision for her second one did the same thing. It took forever to heal.

  91. CouponDivaDesirae

    I am so glad that you had a happy ending. My father walked out on us too and I have learned to just accept it and move on after all these years. Its him missing out on our life, not our faults.

  92. thechinahutch

    so glad it worked out for you, have 4 kids and been married 31 years this moth on the 7th..would not change anything, all of the best.

  93. SixFeetUnderBlog

    Glad it worked out. Such a great story!

  94. Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers

    That’s a really personal story, no doubt. I am glad to see that things have worked out for the better for you in the end. Here’s hoping that all continues to go well for you.

  95. Vera Sweeney

    You sound like such a strong mother! Your husband sounds like an incredible partner and parent to your kids as well. Sometimes change can be the best thing.

  96. SixFeetUnderBlog

    Your family sounds wonderful. It wasn’t a great story.

  97. Elizabeth @ Being MVP

    Wow you are really amazing. So glad that you found a wonderful partner who is a great stepfather as well!

  98. Stephanie Pass

    I had the same thing happen with baby #3. I kept telling them something was wrong with my incision because it hurt worse than any of the others. This was my 3rd c/section, I knew when things weren’t healing right, and the doctor and nurses would not listen. So, I get out of the hospital, and go to the doctor’s office to get the staples removed, and my entire incision reopened and all sorts of nasty stuff poured out with it. They told me I could not have it restitched, instead, they would pack the wound and it would heal from the inside out. They taught my husband how to clean and pack the incision with gauze and I had to go every other day to the doctor while they checked the healing progress. I think it took about a month before it completely closed shut. It was scary. My mom was convinced I was going to die.

  99. Leslie

    I’m glad you have a happy ending. That’s an amazing story & your such a strong person.

  100. Manu Kalia

    This is one of the inspiring post I’ve read this month. Such a beautiful story and keep smiling!

  101. dawn

    Thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring and personal post. Very nice

  102. Lisa Rios

    Really an awesome and interesting post. This sounds like a story of many moms we see in our daily life. You have a very beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your personal story.

  103. Tami

    I love hearing how you had a change of heart about having kids. They are a lot of work but they are definitely worth all of it.

  104. Michelle V.

    Such an interesting & inspiring story. You are one strong woman. I’m so glad you found a partner that makes you happy.

  105. Krystal's Kitsch

    IT is so brave of you to share your story. I am glad we are getting to know each other better!

  106. M from The Stay-at-Home Life

    I’m glad everything turned out well for you! Your family is beautiful.

  107. klg1982

    my family has been with verizon wireless since 1996, and we are never switching!

  108. censie

    We love Verizon! And what a great story. Things certainly happen for a reason.

  109. Lorane

    This is an amazing story! I’m glad to see you were able to love again after everything you went through in Life

  110. Amanda

    Ugh the Chlomid. I had to use that too and it was not so fun for me. I’m glad everything worked out for you and your family.

  111. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    Robin I’m speechless. This is so horrific. I can’t imagine managing two little ones with open stitches AND with your husband leaving. Thank you for sharing so openly and honestly. I’m so happy things turned around for you and your children.

  112. Becka @ Probably Crafting

    I’m glad everything worked out. They look like great kids and they have a great mom and step dad. I was told with my second they were going to have to do a csection because they couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat and they had to get him out. Scared me to death too but come to find out they baby was too fast for them and had decided it was time to escape to far to monitor. He was snuggling in my arms no more than 15 mins later.

  113. Seattle Travel Blogger

    So glad that you were able to make improvements in your life. It is hard to find a good partner who is supportive and caring. Congrats to you.

  114. Lynndee

    Reading your story about your ex-husband made my heart break. I can’t believe he left you when you were in such a situation. Anyway, glad you bounced back and is now happy. That’s the most important thing.

  115. Amy Kelsch

    Thank you for sharing such a personal and painful part of your life. You are amazing- a truly strong lady! I am so happy that things worked out!

  116. Carin Kilby Clark

    I’m so glad you shared your story with us! I know it can be tough to open up like that. I know several people who have said they never wanted kids and then changed their minds and had them. So you’re in good company!

  117. Amy Desrosiers

    So happy that your life is pretty much perfect now. Your husband is a great guy!

  118. Jeana

    I completely believe that everything happens for a reason. I’m glad that you were able to find your way and are in a happier place now!

  119. Laura funk

    13 weeks with an open wound! OMG girl, I had 2 csections and they healed so well that I could do that all the time lol, but not if it meant 13 weeks of being open

  120. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    It is amazing that you met and married the man who was right for you, and who could stick life out with you instead of going up against you. It’s always so sad when that happens in a relationship, so I’m thrilled that you came out on the other side happier than ever.

  121. traceyzimmer

    Thanks for sharing this personal side to you. Sometimes going through hard times makes us appreciate the good even more.

  122. Winter White

    Wow thank you for being so candid. It must have been so hard to walk away but I’m sure you realized that it was the best thing and now look at you! Happier than ever! This post is a reminder that when one door closes another opens!

  123. Valerie

    The saying is often true… when one door closes, another opens. Sometimes that really is a great thing!

  124. Fariha N.

    Your story is inspiring. I am so glad your life turned out to be so wonderful, for you, your hubby and your boys.

  125. michelle co

    I admire your courage and the guts to post such a personal matter. hope this will inspire a lot of people.

  126. Terra Heck

    Wow, you went through a lot there for a while! Like you, I had a bad situation with a first husband. I didn’t love him anymore but wasn’t sure how life would turn out without him. Turns out, it was actually a good thing and I’m now with a wonderful man who’s helped raise my kids for several years now.

  127. Teena in Toronto

    Things happen for a reason. You were meant to have your boys and then spend the rest of your life with Chris.

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