Being away from loved ones now can still be melancholic, but thanks to the technology that we have, we no already have tons of options on how we can feel closer to our loved ones. Smartphones have been providing us with ways to connect, and this has been very advantageous, especially to families who are not always together. The disadvantage of having technology at the tip of our hands is when we no longer think much about the pictures or messages we send. This couple in Portugal learned it the hard way, one photo sent, and their world changed!
Not Always Together
The couple from Portugal was not always together. Iris and Thomas’ typical day does not involve seeing each other daily. They had to settle with this set-up due to the demand for Thomas’ work. He works as an insurance agent. He needs to go away and travel regularly.
The dedication of Thomas helped the couple save money. Thomas knows that his wife is always at his side, and Thomas is assured that she supports his decisions. Nonetheless, the couple understands that being always away from each other is not easy, even if it comes with the benefits.
Lack Of Time
In the two years of their married life, they would only spend the weekends together. It’s not always easy to understand this type of scenario, and even the couple has their limits. They would often argue about the lack of time they have for each other. The little time that they have is sometimes spent fighting over their situation.
He Planned To Quit
While Thomas was staying at a hotel by himself, he made up his mind that their situation needs to be improved. He decided to quit his job and work nearby to make time together with his wife. Thomas’ has enough that he is no longer pressured to keep his career. He planned to quit at the end of the month.
No More Issue
His professional experience will surely come in handy for Thomas. He does not need to think twice. He is sure that he will be able to find a work that did not demand too much of his time. Ideally, this work is also near their home to avoid the need to commute far.
Sharing Her Milestone
His plan was to get their own house. They will be able to afford the mortgage because of the savings that they had while he was working away from home. The goal that he had in mind seemed to be very attainable and his wife will be there to share this milestone with him.
Iris was kept in the dark of this plan. Thomas wanted to surprise her, and they will see each other over the weekend. He was looking forward to the conversation that they will have. He can no longer wait to tell Iris of the big changes that will happen to them.
Thomas was staying in Paris at that time. They were already done with their afternoon, and Thomas was talking to Iris like any other normal day that they were apart. The couple was messaging each other in Whatsapp, exchanging photos, and updating each other.
He Was Surprised
The conversation that they were having is normal. They were discussing their plans for the night. Iris shared a photo to Thomas. And once Thomas saw the picture, he could not believe his eyes, and he did not know how to react as well. He was taken aback. What could it be?
He Took A Closer Look
Thomas had to make sure that he was looking at the correct image. The photo seems to be normal, and there’s nothing disarray. It shows a photo of a woman on the bed with a guitar beside her. There was a ray of sunlight behind her back and some pieces of clothing on the bed.
A Hand Under The Bed
Thomas did something else. He zoomed in on the photo to prove that he did not just imagine things. Once you look closely, you will notice that there was a hand under the bed! The photo could have passed as normal if not for that small detail seen on the shot.
Filing For Divorce
Shocked and devastated by what he found out, he talked to his wife via Whatsapp. It’s hard that they were not able to talk to each other in person. He found out about the deception on Thursday and over the weekend, he came home, and his wife admitted to cheating. For Thomas, the only sensible thing to do was to pack his bag again, and he filed for divorce.
Enjoying His Life
Months have passed, and Thomas was still suffering. He decided that taking a trip would be a good remedy for what he was feeling. He was in a bar in a city and working a bit to kill some time. He was trying to enjoy the evening alone when suddenly he sees a familiar face.
As soon as he looked up from his laptop, he could not understand what he was feeling. A somewhat familiar woman entered the bar. The woman was alone, and he had to make sure he did not just see things. He looked again, and he was sure that he knows her.
High School Friend
The person he saw walked in the bar was a person that he knew from high school. She was a close friend of his and they were separated when Angela moved abroad with her family after high school. Angela and Thomas were good friends, but they were not linked romantically. They lost touch after high school was done.
One Fated Night
After so many years, it was the first time that they would be seeing each other on this fated night. Thomas and Angela felt that the universe wanted them to be together that night. Angela went to the bar after work to de-stress after a day’s work, and Thomas happened to be there. The two catch up with their life, and Thomas shared about his divorce to Angela.
They Have Chemistry Together
Angela secretly wished that she would bump into Thomas before. The unplanned reunion of the two turned out to be a memorable night. They laughed, drunk, and talked for hours. For the first time, Thomas felt nice about himself, and he forgot the worries that he has. Due to the events that happened in Thomas’s life, both Angela and Thomas are single, and they feel that they have chemistry together.
Will You Come Home With Me?
The bar closed at 2 in the morning, and Thomas and Angela were the last ones to leave. It’s a shame that they had to cut their conversation and head home. While walking on the sidewalk, Thomas did not expect what she would hear next. Angela said, “Will you come home with me? I live around the corner.”
Walking Hand In Hand
Thomas gladly accepted the offer of Angela. Although still a bit surprised, Thomas and Angela walked hand-in-hand. They felt that this was the start of a beautiful relationship. It took a lot of heartache and self-loathing but things are better now. There is also another couple who have been through a lot, Jeremy Musser and Katie Hill, before having their happy ending.
The Spark Was There
We meet people in our lives that will leave a giddy feeling. For Jeremy Musser and Katie Hill, they met four years ago because they attended the same college. Back then, was probably not yet the time for Jeremy and Katie to be together. When they met each other again, the spark was still there and it is only best that they entertain those feelings.
The Feeling Was Mutual
Jeremy began courting Katie. He knows that the spark that they have should not be ignored. The feeling was mutual. During the courtship, their relationship became more serious. In two months, they know that what they have is important but there is something not usual about their story. There is no other way but to face this scenario, straightforward.
No Perfect Relationship
Katie entered the life of Jeremy a bit late. Jeremy had a child with his former lover. He and the mother of his child are no longer together but Jeremy knew that the right thing to do was be present in the life of his son. Casey and Jeremy decided to be civil for their child. Katie did not have any choice but to accept the present situation.
She Wanted To Work Things Out
Even if Jeremy no longer feels the relationship will move forward romantically, Casey still wanted to work things out. She felt hurt and betrayed because Jeremy did not want to try harder and she resented Jeremy at that time. As a mother, she cannot grasp the fact that another woman would be introduced in the life of her son. The sentiments of Casey are totally understandable.
It Will Not Overstep Her Feelings
Katie accepted that Jeremy will always have baby Landon and she wants to uncomplicate things to avoid things from spiraling out of control which would end up bad for them both. They were already together for more than a year and Katie knows that she wants to take their relationship to the next level. Katie made sure that she is not going to overstep on the feelings of Casey.
Two People In A Relationship
Katie thought that the best move that she can do is to reach out to Casey. She wanted her to feel that she was genuine in her motives but like any normal person, Casey had her guards high. Casey did not feel that befriending her ex-boyfriend’s current relationship is necessary. Katie was insistent and eventually, they started to develop their friendship. A relationship surely needs two people.
A Friendship Blossomed
The women felt that they should bury the hatchet. When they put their past aside, they realized that they had a lot in common. In an interview, this was what Casey had to say about their friendship: “We bonded on so many more levels than just Landon.” They were able to be more at ease with each other and that friendship eventually blossomed.
Their common interests and love for Landon paved the way in helping their relationship blossom. Casey is no longer holding a grudge against Katie and their friendship is mutual. For Casey, she was very much ready to move on. She married a guy named Tyler. Jeremy, on the other hand, was getting ready for the big leap that he will take in his relationship with Katie.
Next Big Step
The relationship between Jeremy and Katie has lasted for more than a year until Jeremy decided to pop the question. Katie did not hesitate in accepting his proposal to marry the love of her life. Jeremy and Katie were both happy, but Katie was also feeling anxious about the next big step that she will take.
Katie cannot hide her excitement about the upcoming nuptials. At the back of her head, she is also worrying because she does not want to assume that Casey would be okay that she become Landon’s official stepmother. Katie is also considering that once she’s officially his wife, she would have to make sure that she can fill in the role that she will about to take.
When she agreed to the proposal, Katie understands that she will now be part of the family. No matter how unconventional the family would be she wants to be part of it. She would be much involved in their lives. Her plan is to be good at the roles that she will fill.
A Nice Plan
Landon is a nice boy and the people in his life want him to grow up in a lovely environment. She wants to make sure that he grows up proud of his family as well. Now that Katie is going to be part of it, she wanted to make sure that she will be able to do this. Eventually, she came up with a nice plan that will be able to help everyone.
A Vow From The Heart
Katie carefully planned the details of the wedding. She was going to marry the love of her life and she wants everything to be perfect, even for the family that she will join. As part of the marriage, she needed to write a vow. The vow was something that she wants to pour her heart into.
All The Nicest Things In The World
Katie does not have experience in raising a child. She spends time with Landon but she does not try to overstep her boundaries when they were not yet married. Katie does not have any idea what she is capable of yet, but on her heart she just wants Landon to have the best of all worlds.
Missing Piece Of The Puzzle
Katie shared in an interview, “Then I realized I’m missing something, the piece that helped shape me and Jeremy’s relationship and helped us both grow up,” she explained. “I needed Casey to know how thankful I am to her.” Initially, Casey was not invited to the wedding. It was the logical thing to do but she realized that inviting her to the wedding is the missing piece of the puzzle.
The Best Decision Ever
The trick that Katie has up her sleeves is something none of us would think. She just did not invite Casey and Tyler to be part of her guests, she has something else planned for them. Katie could not be happier with the decision that she made.
The Big Day
On the day of the wedding, everyone was excited. Things were looking good as well. The time Katie spent planning the wedding had been worthy. Everyone that was part of the wedding planning and execution was glad that there were no hiccups. The guests were eagerly waiting for the wedding vows.
The Guests Were Alarmed
Everyone was confused when Katie started her vow and she was not looking at her husband. She was looking somewhere else and was actually facing the audience. Katie seemed to be talking to her guests, but who could she be saying her wedding vow too? The guests are now alarmed, more than confused.
Uncommon Exchange Of Vows
The minister of the ceremony handed Katie a piece of paper. The minister announced in the microphone, “To start their vows, I’d like to invite Tyler and Casey Bender to stand.” It was not usual to call the ex-girlfriend and her husband to the stand and nobody know what will happen next. The act seems to even be scandalous.
Passing On The Mic
Since the minister requested for Casey and Tyler to go up the stands, the couple did just as they were told. Every one of the couple’s guests did not know what to expect. They were all eagerly waiting for the next thing that will happen. As soon as the couple came in the stand beside the bride and groom, the minister gave the microphone to Katie.
This unconventional wedding vow made everyone glued to their seats. They were intently listening to what she will say. And Katie started saying her vows, “First I want to thank you for accepting me as your friend and allowing me to be a part of Landon’s life,” Katie said, “I promise to be an amazing mother to your son. I will guide, teach, and love him every single day.”
She Poured Her Heart
The guests were feeling emotional and their hearts and eyes are starting to be filled. Katie’s vow is not yet done. Her speech was so moving that everyone felt teary-eyed. Katie shared the things she will do to care for Landon and she poured her heart into the speech.
Respect and Communication
As part of Katie’s speech, she told them, “And I promise to respect, work, listen, and communicate together as co-parents. I will love you guys no matter what comes our way. We are one family, always,” Katie wanted to let the couple know that she will be a great support for Landon and they can all raise him together.
A Lot To Say
The guests were all moved by her nice speech. There were sniffles in the room. She has shared a tear-jerking vow and that everyone feels that her plans to grow the family are serious and her intention is really pure. At this time, Katie’s speech has been for Casey, she hasn’t shared her vow to Jeremy yet but her speech is not yet directed at him.
After her vow to Casey, she spoke to Landon. She bent down and looked him in the eye while holding his little hands. “Landon,” she began emotionally, “I love you more than you will ever know. I’ve had the privilege of knowing you since the beginning.” People were no longer suppressing their tears at this point.
A Room Filled With Love
Katie did not hold back as she shared how much she loved the little guy in front of her. She was trying to hold back tears so she can be understood. While facing Landon, “I’ve loved watching you grow and I will for the rest of my life. I’m so happy that now I officially get to be your bonus mom,” she told him.
Wife And Stepmother
“I promise to love Daddy with all my heart. I promise to be a best friend to mommy and your daddy Tyler. We will be one big family that I promise you will have for the rest of your life.” Her ideas of fulfilling her role as a wife and stepmother are amazing.
More Than Two People
Katie hugged Landon after her speech. She was able to express everything she wanted to say to the young kid. Now, it’s time for Katie to direct her speech to her husband-to-be. They went on to exchange vows and after all the heartwarming events that happen, they were now pronounced as husband and wife!
A Boy And Four Parents
“At the time, I thought we would be able to be cordial and co-parent. Never in a million years did I think she and I would be the very best of friends,” Casey revealed. Through their efforts, they were able to prove that a genuine heart will always yield great relationships.
Hashtag Family Goals
Landon was lucky to grow up with two sets of amazing parents. He has 2 mothers and fathers who love him as much. They were all spending time together and they are clearly family goals. They defied the usual depiction of step-mothers and step-fathers wherein they are cruel and only think about themselves.
Conventional Family Nights
As kids grow up, the time they spend together with their families become less. They develop different hobbies, and they get busy with their school and other extracurricular activities. For a family, it’s best that they allot a time particularly for bonding and taking the time to know each other more.
Dinnertime With Everyone
Aside from the time set aside to bond with each other. It’s also important to gather around the dinner table and to bond with everyone. A good meal will always make everyone elated. Together at the dinner table, you can exchange stories, and eventually, this becomes a routine.
Worship Time Together
It is also great to set aside some family time to do devotion together. Not only does everyone feels safe to share their fears and sentiments to their family members; their faith also becomes deeper and it gives a nice sense of fulfilment that is important for personality development. For the little ones, it teaches a valuable lesson about their spiritualities.
Scheduled Date Nights
Date nights for you and your partner are also important to bond and grow together. Once there are kids, the bonding time becomes more family-centric and the couple bonding reduces. However, it is important to set aside some couple time and no distractions would be best. This will be the best time to fall in love with each other again.
Volunteering As A Family
Volunteering is also another thing that can be done. There is also fulfilment in finding that the whole family is doing something important and fulfilling. The time spent helping out others is also giving a good vibe to everyone in the family. The kids also learn different values such as generosity and altruism.