My name is Tina and I am 42. We had a long road to our family journey. My husband and I met at age 16 in a hotel hot tub while we were both on weekend getaways with our families. We lived in different towns about 45 mins away from each other and then after high school (and a very memorable date for my senior prom) I went on to college and he was in junior league hockey often based in Canada. This was in the late 80's to early 90's and so it was a little harder to keep in touch but we did the best we could and dated on and off until his 21st birthday. Shortly after that a previous gf of his told him she was pregnant so he did what he thought was right and cut all contact to me (at her insistance) and agree to marry her. She later said she lost the baby (but wouldn't let him come to the hospital so he suspects she wasn't really pregnant). He married her anyway and they had a daughter less than a year later, a son the following year and another daughter two years later. He never stopped loving me however and looked for me on and off over the years especially when she repeatedly cheated on him. Meanwhile I had a brief marriage with no children that ended when he cheated. In 2000, right after my divorce was final I met a guy through a friend on New Years and by Sept, I was pregnant. We got married when our son was two. But I left four years later when I couldn't take his controlling alcoholic behavior anymore. Shortly after that, Rich looked for me on Classmates but when he saw my wedding pic (I hadn't changed my profile pic) with my little guy, he thought I was happy and dropped it. And similar thing happened to me when I saw his wife's profile. Eventually in 2010, I looked for him one more time on FB and found him. He had just joined a few weeks prior. We renewed our friendship but he was still with his wife even though he was unhappy. But by the end of the year, she cheated again and he finally kicked her out. We talked on New Years and he was going to be passing through later that week on his way to his brother's (I had moved to Chicago after college). So we agree to lunch. It was as if nothing had changed in all that time. It was instantly clear to both of us we were supposed to be together and we have been ever since. Until he moved to Chicago in July we again had a long-distance relationship but it was much easier to keep in contact. Knowing we weren't getting any younger and wanted a kid together we started trying on Mother's Day weekend and it worked right away. But oops neither divorce was final yet. His went through in Aug without a hitch (she wanted to get remarried too to the guy she was cheating with and moved to Canada for). Mine proved much more complicated even though I had been gone 4 years! The divorce went through in Dec but custody and other issues weren't setlled until May of this year. Baby Joey was born in Jan and Rich and I were finally married on the 24th anniversary of prom in the town we met in 26 yrs at the same hotel company (orginal hotel doesn't exist) and I wore a yellow dress like I did for prom. We moved back to his home town where his older kids live May 30. And had moved 2 more times since but are finally settling into the house our son was conceived in. Rich's oldest daughter is getting married in Sept. and they have their own apt. Rich's son's ex gf had his baby the end of April (3 months younger than her uncle) and he recently got engaged to his sister's best friend. They are currently at her parents while they save up for a place because he just started a new job after 6 weeks of being unemployed. But we do help out when he has his daughter. Rich's youngest daughter just moved back in with us yesterday after living with grandma so she didn't have to change schools. She will be a senior in high school and my son will be a 6th grader and starting middle school. I am not working a traditional job right now. My boys and I were in a car accident (we were fine but the car is a total loss). We had some money issues (too long a story for now) so our insurance had cancelled literally hours before the accident. I was going to stay home for the summer because daycare costs for 2 was too high anyway but now I don't have a car to get to work. I am working on launching a craft/gift business online and relaunching the photo gifts/babysitting business I had in IL (although babysitting will be hard without a car) and I am marketing executive for Melaleuca. But don't worry I am not here to sell anything. I just want to have a place where I can talk about my family since the kids are literally in all ages and stages. Sorry this is so long.