Could you be happy with forever being a mother but never a wife?
I'm 32, in a committed relationship with my boyfriend of 6 years. We have a 5 year old son together. Also my 12 year old from my past relationship lives with us. I only got as far as being engaged from my ex boyfriend. I was never married. We were stubborn 20 yr olds, not mature enough, kept breaking up and getting back together for 13 years til I had the strength to be done for good. My current boyfriend has been married twice and doesn't want to ever again. I understand that. Why keep failing at something you're obviously not good at? I have been getting questioned by my parents and friends when we'll tie the knot for the past couple years and then they stopped bugging.
Yeah sure teachers at my younger son's school accidently call me Mrs(last name of my son and dad). It doesn't bother me. Some people are still old fashioned and believe a true family consists of everyone sharing the same last name. Well my older son has my last name, so it's not like I'm a total outcast,lol.
As far as marriage, I've been living without the benefits the marriage package brings for over 10 years, so yeah why fix something that isn't broken. I'm able to take care of myself and the kids financially without a second income. We keep our money separated and we rent a home with no plans of owning ever.