Behind the Scenes of Jodie’s Touch of Style-Our Relationship

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Behind the Scenes of Jodie’s Touch of Style-Our Relationship

Quote of the day: “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” William James

I’ve had a suggestion to give some background of my blog and how how we put together our photos. You know, a behind the scenes kind of post. Well, since I tend to drone on and on about any topic, I thought I’d split up this idea and start with our relationship.

Many of you comment about what a special bond that Charlotte, Nancy and I have with each other. And we really are blessed with such a loving closeness. We truly are each other’s family, and spend many holidays as well as normal days together.

So let me give you some history of my family, and how our relationshiop came about. And I apologize that not all of the photos are fabulous quality. Some are old and damaged, and don’t scan well.

Charlotte (the 80+ model)

It all started when my mom married my father in 1960. I’m sure you can tell by the photos that they were oh, so young and right out of college. (And hey look at my mom here….that’s where I get my big smile).  The story goes that I came along in 1965, and then they got divorced 4 years later. (I know I was a colicky baby but really, it wasn’t my fault).

It was at this time, that both of my parents were wonderful at keeping the peace. It’s not like they remained fast friends, but they made sure that there was no drama when they had to be together. I consider that a huge bonus not just for me, but them. I realize it’s not always easy to be this way, but the negativity of the other version, can weigh so heavily on all parties.

It was during the next 20+ years that life moved on, and there would be times we were all together like my high school, college and dental school graduations. I distinctly remember one time that my mom and I drove across country from Ohio for a summer vacation. One of our stops was Denver which is where my dad was living, and both my mom and I spent a night at his place. Granted, I stayed there all the time when I visited; however, not all people would let their ex stay with them.

our relationship with my mom's wedding

Nancy (the 60+ model)

My dad starting dating Nancy in 1989 when I was living with him during dental school. We always reminisce over the times we first met each other, and some of the things we all did together during that time. It was very refreshing that Nancy and I always got along while they were dating, and enjoyed each other’s company.

This photo below also includes my dad’s mother who ended up living with dad and Nancy for the last couple years of his life.

While my dad and Nancy were married, there were times that my mom would come out to Denver, and even stayed with us. I can’t tell you how wonderful it made my life events easier to not have to stress about who was invited to which event and if they would behave. I only say this because I had friends where this stress was a regular occurrence.

our relationship with Nancy's wedding

My First Marriage

The good relationships continued as I was married in 1996. We all flew to Disney World and enjoyed ourselves for the occasion. You can see Nancy on the very right and my mom is next to me with my dad’s mom between the two.

our relationship on the blog

The fun continued while we touted around Disney world with the in laws for this specific vacation.

Does anyone else love looking at these old photos and seeing what we were wearing at the time? I would bet you $100 that my mom still has that floral polo shirt, ha ha! And I’ve heard that fanny packs are coming back in style.

our relationship with Charlotte, Nancy & Jodie with dad

After my dad passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1999, the 3 of us would still do fun activities together. This photo was at one of the houses in the Parade of Homes in Denver. It was one of those activities that started out with my dad and I attending, and then branched out to include whoever else was around at the time.

our relationship with my family

Jodie (the 50+ model)

This leads up to the present time. I met my husband, Rob and we got married on Valentine’s Day in 2004. I’d like to point out my mom on the very right in a red and fur outfit that she made. And Nancy is on the left side in a lilac dress. Besides my best friend and maid of honor behind me, the rest of the crew is Rob’s family.

Let me also direct your attention to my wedding dress. It’s Nancy’s dress that she married my dad in (with a couple of alterations done by my mother).

our relationship including Rob's family

And over these last 14 years with Rob, my mom, Nancy and I spend quite a bit of time together. Our relationship has evolved to being part of each other’s lives.

Of course it’s always at holidays that we take the group photos like below which include my cousins who live in Boulder. My cousin is the daughter of my Aunt Nancy that we showcased her jewelry earlier this year.  (FYI, I’m wearing a wig in the photo below. I always loved this wig, but Rob’s not as hip on it.)

our relationship with Charlotte, Nancy & Jodie

We consider each other “family” for many reasons. One is because Rob’s family is 2000 miles away in New York, and Nancy’s brother and his family are in Florida. Not that we never see them, but we certainly don’t hang around Denver with them. But secondly, we do love and respect each other. Sometimes more than other times….ha ha!

our relationship with exes and stepmoms

Present Day

We often talk about what key point made our relationship be like this. How is it that the family continued their love and support even when there was dissidence? Surely, each person is a piece in the puzzle, and by showing grace and love instead of animosity has led to a better union for us all. Trust me when I say, it’s made for a blessed life.

So when I was considering the concept of starting a blog, Rob and I came up with the idea to showcase the different generations, since my moms were basically at my fingertips.  I’m sure they will tell you it’s been mostly fun. I only hope you think so too!

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!

Keeping in Touch

Are you registered for my email reminders to let you know when a post goes live? I’d certainly love it if you take the time to sign up and make sure all your friends sign up too!!

Do you ever wonder why you should connect with me on other social media sites? Well let me explain what I’ve been doing lately.

Sure you can find my posts on Facebook but I also love to share other people’s posts that I think you may like. Or my Pinterest page has all of our outfits in a nutshell along with fun inspiration from other women!

Right now, most of my time is spent on Instagram. Here’s where you’ll find many other of my outfits and plenty of musings about life and such. Sure, you may not feel like you want to add another social media site to your list. But I spend lots of time and effort to make sure there is something for everyone!

And if you’re new to the party, you can always see our outfits organized by categories, here. Don’t forget to check out the deals & discounts too, on this page.

Also, feel free to Shop My Instagram items.

  • Cindy

    Love this! Great post and I love the old photos. I’m so glad you have so much love with your Mom and Step Mom. Double blessings.

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  • I loved this post Jodie!
    Isn’t it odd how you all look younger, fresher and fitter NOW than in that photo of you in 1996?? Those outfits and hairstyles seem so funny now (and TOTALLY different to what I was wearing in 1996! :oP)
    Thank you so much for sharing this story.

    • You hit the nail on the head…and maybe that’s why I love looking back at these photos!!
      Thanks Samantha!

  • These photos are wonderful, but it’s that 1960 dress your mother is wearing that really makes me swoon! Really lovely to hear this story.

    • Thanks so much Porcelina!!
      My mom will love to read your comment!

  • So many beautiful moments Jodie ! I loved reading that you are so close and specially seeing it through pictures.

    • Thanks Lorena!! It’s definitely a great part of our history!!

  • What an amazing post. I loved seeing the older photos, and learning to back story and how everyone’s involvement has evolved and been built. I love that your mom and step mom get along so well, even after your father passing. Thank you so much for sharing these stories with us <3

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this Laura!! I guess it’s really a great lesson to all of us, that love is the best option!!

  • Mummabstylish Mummabstylish

    What a lovely story, you are all so lucky, it’s really nice to see the old photos too. Thanks so much for sharing your life story. Have a super week my friend. x Jacqui

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Jacqui!!
      We are quite blessed and hopefully we remember it even when we aren’t getting along..ha ha!!

  • WOW Jodie, that is so cool, I had no idea how all of you fit in to each other’s life. I find it amazing and fascinating that you, your mom and Nancy all have such wonderful relationships. My ex husband and I have a great relationship, because after all our priority is our son and raising him in the most healthy way we know how. Love this post, so inspirational, the pictures are fabulous too!

    • It’s so fabulous to hear others with the thought that the kids are the most important. I feel like your son will benefit from this so much later in life!!
      Thanks for reading Elise!

  • Brigid Gallagher

    It was so nice to see all those beautiful photographs of you all and know how you cemented your friendships. You guys sure do age rather well. xxx

    • Thanks Brigid…it was really fun to look back at these old photos too!

  • So glad you shared this. One of the things I enjoy about your blog is the obvious love and respect that the three of you have for one another. This is such a great success story about making relationships work even when things don’t go as planned. And can I say, you have all become even more beautiful as you get older!

    • Thanks for saying this Lana!
      It is certainly nice that we enjoy each other’s company, and I’m glad it shows!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Oh, Jodie! You told this story at our meet-up in October but reading it here makes me a little misty-eyed because it just reconfirms how loving and kind and warm you all are. Not that I needed confirmation! Ha ha! It’s just a loving tribute to the efforts born out of your mom and dad’s determination to give you a safe, loving space to grow up in. That evolved as you all grew and changed and the love just kept expanding.

    Thank you for telling your story here.

    Hugs to all,

    • It’s funny you say this Sherry. Because it’s such a part of my life that I don’t even remember who I’ve told and who I haven’t. But it certainly makes for a loving relationship with my “family” and I certainly need a bigger family since it’s so tiny….LOL!

  • I missed this last Friday but saw you mentioned it in Monday’s post. I know as a blogger you probably have to decide between how much you want to share and how much you want to keep private but I really love this story. Are we fashion bloggers or just people who let others view their world, no matter how average or mundane? You’ve got me thinking…..

    • I think you make a fabulous point here Julia! I know when I started, I thought I knew everything about how to look your best and style your clothes—well now I realize that’s quite laughable!!!
      And my poor husband…he always says there’s nothing private about our lives…

  • Stevie Turner

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely post. It’s wonderful that you all get along so well.

    • It is so wonderful, because who likes strife? And even though we get on each other’s nerves occasionally, we usually have some great laughs!!
      Thanks Stevie!!

  • Shaman’s Journey Design

    This is SO SWEET, Jodie! Thank you so much for being so open and sharing your beautiful family with us. I appreciate the opportunity to get to know more about all of you. You are blessed with a lovely family. And I LOVE that you and your hubby got married on Valentine’s Day! So early happy anniversary to you two sweet lovebirds. It’s easy to see you have a lot of love in your life. Hugs!! xoxoxo

    • Thanks for such a fabulous comment, Kristin!!
      We plan to go out to breakfast on Wednesday—hopefully it won’t be as crowded then!!

  • What a truly wonderful post, Jodie! You clearly have such a special relationship between the three of you and that’s so lovely. I lost my mum when I was only 13 so I never really had that special mother-daughter relationship that develops as you grow up. I envy you <3
    Suzy xx

    • I’m so sorry about your mum, Suzy. What a terrible loss….
      I do feel so blessed to have my mom around, and have such a great relationship (now, at least). Thanks for reminding me that I need to count myself lucky!!

  • Ohhhmmyy this is such amazing throwback and how time flies so fast.
    I love the style and still runs until now.

    Much Love, Jane | The Bandwagon Chic
    New Vlog Entry!

  • Mother Daughter

    My parents were at such odds that I had to invite one to my graduation and one to my pinning. My ex and I do very well. My now husband says he has never seen a family like ours. We may divorce but you are still part of the family. When you have kids you have to make it work. You are so blessed to have the family you have.

    • One of my good friends, had parents like your, and her graduation and wedding were so stressful for her. But you don’t really realize when you’re young how it’s supposed to be or could be.
      The fact that you’ve made it work so well shows how love can be the right path!!
      Thanks Victoria!

  • Franci Hoffman

    I’m so glad you shared this, Jodie. You three are amazing and fun. Your post makes me smile and I look forward to reading it and seeing what styles you have created.

  • Wow! What a wonderful behind the scenes look.. I never realized that it was your mom and stepmom; I guess i assumed it was your mom and aunt or your mom and a close family friend. That’s wonderful that your family was able to blend so seamlessly together like that.

    • We are quite blessed and to most people I talk about them as my “moms”. I always wonder what kind of story other people come up with to fill in the blanks….
      Thanks for reading and joining in…

  • What a wonderful, warm and uplifting post, Jodie! You all exemplify what family is (or what we wish it were) all about. Thank you for opening up with us, you’re a star, xox


    • I don’t think I’m the star of the show….that would be all of the others. I think I’m just lucky enough to have benefited from all of the love!!
      Thanks Patti!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    What a wonderful story! You have a great family!

    Stylin In St. Louis

  • donnanance

    This is a great post! I often wondered about the dynamics of the family and admire how well you all get along. I can’t think of a blended family like yours that loves and respects each other. This is amazing and really makes me smile. xoxo P.S. I can say with certainty that the Urban Farmer’s ex would not even countenance any kind of civil interchange. Sadly, his (now grown) children have suffered. All of you are very blessed! P.P.S. Rob is a keeper!

    • It has been so nice to hear other comments, that have a great relationship like we do, Donna. And it certainly makes for a more positive upbringing!
      I totally realize that Rob is the best thing that ever happened to me. In fact, we always joke that my moms love him way better (well, who wouldn’t?). I hit the jackpot when we got married!!

  • Lisa Autumn

    Ahhh this is so so amazing! Love your story 🙂

    xx Lisa |

  • This is a beautiful story, thank you for sharing.

    Last year, my husband’s ex-wife passed away from cancer — she told me that she was dying, and I told my husband. We went to visit her during the last days of her illness and then went to her funeral. But our story is so much more than that.

    We were friends. All 3 of us. We co-parented our daughter and shared grandchildren. When I couldn’t attend our daughter’s wedding, Vanessa made sure I was part of the process by sending me photos of the dress trials, hair and makeup trials, etc. When our daughter went into labor, she called me so I could hear the babies cry. She and her family have made me feel so much more a part of their family than I sometimes feel in my own.

    Now that she’s gone, we still visit her family and her sisters. In fact, she’s the one who gave me my grandma name. Thanks to her, the kids call me “Yaya.”

    I miss her and wish that she was still here…

    Thank you for sharing and for allowing me to share.

    • This is how our lives should be intertwined, Daenel….because life is short, small and so much more wonderful if we all show grace and love!!!
      What an incredible story you’ve shared, and doesn’t it just give you peace and warmth??
      To me, it’s the proof that there is goodness in people, and that’s who I want to hang with!!!

  • Love seeing all the photos and getting the background on your blog and family!! So amazing the times you’ve spent together and now continued that on digitally! Keep it up ladies!

  • Wow Jodi what a wonderful story…I never knew the background story behind your wonderful photos. How great to have a mom and stepmom that get along so well. Having gone through a divorce myself when my son was 4 years old I know how valuable it is for the parents to have an amicable and peacful relationship after the divorce. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks for reading Nora!!
      How wonderful that you too have created such a good foundation for your son!!

  • Imastounded

    It makes a difference when people want to have a good life, instead of causing others grief and misery. Your relationship stands out because it is exemplary.

    Congratulations to all of you!

    • That’s really what it breaks down to… hit the nail on the head!!
      If we spend more time helping others instead of causing other’s headaches…this world could be a better place!!
      Thanks so much for reading!!

  • I so enjoyed the photos of you and your family over the years, watching how fashion changes and hairstyles, too,
    How admirable that your family conducted themselves with such grace . You were spared some grief, for sure.
    How wonderful that you are all close. It is very visible in the photos. You all have beauty and heart.
    I love the handmade suit, and how the wedding dress was worn by two generations, yes with alterations!
    You are all beautiful, inside and out. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Thanks for such a lovely comment, Elle. I do consider myself extremely lucky, and I hope I never take it for granted!!

  • Thank you for sharing your family history Jodie! Fun to look at old photos, what a treasure! It’s wonderful when people who once loved (and married) each other can remain cordial. It’s sad when one of the past partners would welcome that, but the other refuses.

    My mom and dad (both have passed away) developed a friendship several years after their divorce when I had my third child. Both had remarried and one time when my dad and his wife were celebrating their anniversary, they invited my mom. I introduced my mom to one of my dad’s friends at the party and he gave me a puzzled look. Later he told me he was surprised that my mom was invited to their anniversary, he’d never heard of that before. lol

    Eventually, my dad and his wife got divorced (I am still friends with her) and both of them attended my mother’s funeral. I think we all have some interesting stories that would make better-than-Hollwood movies!

    I believe the key is forgiveness. Love never fails!

    Blessings to you and your unique, dear family!

    • This is absolutely fabulous to hear, Carmen. I love these kinds of stories, and I wish they were more common instead of rare!
      My husband always shakes his head and laughs that this wouldn’t happen in an Italian family.
      But I think if we promote this more, maybe more people will recognize how fabulous it is!! Because you hit the nail on the head: Love never fails!!!

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    What a fun blog post, I love these behind the scenes articles!! –

  • Great post Jodie. It was lovely to read about your relationships. It makes such a difference when folk move on amicably after a marriage ends. My husband’s first wife is lovely and we often have family get togethers. Facebook told me we’d had the highest number of check ins together!

    • I’m so glad you shared your story Gail!!
      How wonderful to hear that you guys can keep the peace too!! I think it’s better for our entire health in the long run!!

  • Laura

    Thanks for sharing this! I love that you have all become so close. It really says a lot about all of you and is a great example of what we could all have by showing the grace you mentioned!

    • I do think the world is full of enough hate as it is so this is the perfect way to show how we can all still get along!!
      Thanks Laura!!

  • Denesh yadav

    Happy promise Day….!!!!!
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  • Judy Gramith

    You three are an amazing example of how love and respect foster acceptance, inclusiveness, forgiveness and the ability to see the importance of supporting each other. It was also clear from meeting you that Rob is the deserving hero of each of you and a constant support for your family, your relationship, and the blog.

    • I know I”m biased, Jude, but every time I see you name as the commenter, I have to smile on both the inside and the outside!!
      And I always say that marrying Rob was the absolute smartest thing I ever did in my life. He makes me a better person, and I know that he has strengthened the family relationships!! Along with providing great comedy in our lives…ha ha!!!
      Thanks for such love, Jude!!!

  • What a beautiful story. I knew a little of the’behind the scenes’ but really enjoyed reading this post and seeing photos of your family over the years. I appreciate Rob’s input and interest in your blog, too. My PC generally keeps up with what I am working on but dislikes taking photos when I open my fashion haus.

    So glad our paths have crossed in blog land. Your friendship is a blessing.

    • Thanks for the continuous love and support, Leslie!! It has been nice having help with the blog since Rob not only has a vested interested but whole different perspective!!

  • Jill Clark

    I absolutely loved reading your back stories. Its such a blessing to have family and to love and be loved. I think you are all really special, wonderful people and that accounts for your relationships being so happy and positive. Oh! And I never got around commenting on your clogs post!! Thank you! That was for me. I enjoyed reading it and seeing some alternative styles available. Gave me some inspiration. Happy anniversary in a few days!! Love you all!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the clog’s post, Jill!! I think you also requested the polo shirt too—and that’s queued up for the spring sometime….
      Thanks for being such a wonderful supporter of the blog, and our life, Jill!! It’s been a fun evolution and as much as it’s “my” blog, I do think that my mom and Nancy enjoy it very much too!!!

  • Awww love to see this behind-the-scenes of your fam! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Emily |

  • This is such a great story Jodie. You are so fortunate to have two excellent moms plus so many extended family members who seem to really enjoy being together. That’s something my husband and I don’t have. We’ve had to build our own little family from scratch as we both come from very toxic & dysfunctional families. We figured out many many years ago that it was best for our mental health to distance ourselves from all of it. Fortunately we have two beautiful children as well as my son’s soon to be husband as well as family we’ve “adopted”. My kids’ grandma is actually a close family friend who lives next door! I have no doubt you count your blessings every single day!
    Debbie xo

    • At least you were smart enough to realize that you should distance yourself from the toxicity, Debbie!! And you just created your own “family” which is just as great!! Sometimes the non blood family can be just as fabulous!!
      I am very blessed in my life for these last 15 years, and I try to thank my lucky stars every day.

  • Jessica Broyles

    How fun! I love feeling like I get to know you guys better, now!

  • Jonet Gleason Wooten

    Thanks for sharing your touching family story with us, Jodie. Love, devotion and supporting one another is what life is all about and I bet your dad is so very proud of all of you. Xo Jonet

    • We always say that if dad was still around, he’d be our biggest fan!!!
      Life is definitely too short for shenanigans, which is why I’ve been praying for you, my friend!!!

  • Mireille

    So glad for you!

  • Courtney Hardy

    Wow this is awesome. The relationship you guys all have is great. These photos are also good throw backs, it’s cool to hear your story.

    • Thanks Courtney!
      I always love looking back at old photos—they are so fun!!

  • Mary Kalpos

    Jodie thanks for this post. it is so encouraging to see you and your mom being friends with your dad’s wife. I too have a similar situation but things are not rosy at all. It takes a lot of effort on all parts to get the relationships just right. I am really impressed and applaud your great attitude. And it was nice to see how your blog evolved.

    • It’s true that it certainly takes more than just one person, and sometimes it’s harder than you realize. Even to this day, my husband thinks my dad was so kind to keep the communications open between all parties, because Rob isn’t sure he could’ve done it in the same situation….
      Thanks Mary!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Wow, this is the best story and touched us so! I think you should be on a talk show or the Today Show as not only blog models but models for life’s families! I know they are both blessings to you but what an amazing blessing you are to them dear Jodie! And what hope and promise and light you give to all! xo

    • Your lovely words made me smile and giggle Andrea!! Hopefully we all make each other better people!!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    Jodie, you did a great job on the chronology of your Moms. Seeing all of these old pictures reminded me that in almost every picture I had made most of the clothes I was wearing. The biggest exception was my wedding dress.

    • And I bet you could have made your wedding dress if you wanted to!!!

  • That is wonderful that divorce managed to make your family bigger and happier instead of fragmented. You are so lucky to have two wonderful mothers in your life!

    • What an interesting way to look at it, Lydia, and it’s so true!

  • Pauline Starsmore

    Lovely to see photos of you all.

  • Love what you did here with this post! Amazing inspiration you have.

    xo, carolyn

  • This was fantastic to read! What a fantastic relationship you all have! And how lovely to see al the old pictures! Fantastic story!

    • I think it was your suggestion Nancy, that even made me think to write this kind of post. So thank you!!!
      I’m also going to write one about how we take our photos, etc….

  • This was so wonderful to read through. I know I’ve read some parts of how your relationships work before, but never in this depth! It’s wonderful to understand how you ladies all came to work on this blog together and you all have such wonderful relationships with each other! Thank you for putting this together for us. 🙂


    • Thanks for reading, Lindsey!! It’s so normal to me, that I don’t think much about it. Until people start asking and commenting…ha ha!!

  • Maria Kelly

    I’ve absolutely loved reading this biography Jodie. What amazing women you all are. How unselfish your mum and step mum were and how much love they showed you through what must have been difficult times! The bond must be so strong between you all and it makes my heart sing. I come from a family full of strong loving women too xx

    • It’s fabulous when we can be role models for others, Maria Kelly!! I’m so glad to hear that your family is wonderful too!!

  • Lesley Watson

    What a great story and wonderful pictures. You truly are lucky to have this family and such special Mothers. I’ve wondered how pieces fit together. I hope you & Rob have fun plans for your anniversary (coming right up!) Have a great weekend, and Thanks for the story.

    • I am extremely lucky. Rob always laughs and says this wouldn’t happen in an Italian family…LOL!
      We are going to go out for breakfast for our anniversary!! That way it shouldn’t be as crowded (fingers crossed….)
      Thanks Lesley, and have a wonderful weekend!!

      • Lesley Watson

        Try Lucille’s (Littleton) Cajun/Louisianan cookin’ Um.

        • How funny…that was one of Rob’s thoughts…

          • Lesley Watson

            Great minds think alike! LOL

  • Robert Filogomo

    great post great life 🙂

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Thank you for such a wonderful post about how you wonderful ladies (and Rob!) came to develop such a strong loving relationship and deep family ties. I know of too many people who cut off relations with siblings, parents for what can boil down to minor issues.
    I also have to say that the beauty in you, Nancy and Charlotte has only grown over time. I love looking at old photos and these were great. Again, thanks for allowing us to peek into these memories. You are all very special people!

    • It’s so true that minor issues can be trouble for many relationships. And even if there are major issues, it’d be great to be able to all get along in the whole scheme of things. At least for the important events!
      I’m sure my perspective is very skewed….but then again, I like looking at life through my rose colored glasses!!
      Thanks for always being so supportive, Rebecca!! I couldn’t do it without fabulous readers like you!

  • That’s such a nice story. Especially, when you know so many families that fell apart after the death of a family member.

    • You’re so right Nicole. I’m sure it helps that we all live so close to each other—convenience makes it easier!!

  • This is such a beautiful story! I just love the relationship you all have and it really shines through in your posts and photos. I’ve gone through similar circumstances twice in my life <3


    • Thanks Liz! It does make our life so much calmer when we can all get along!
      Enjoy your weekend….

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    What a beautiful story and one I really enjoyed reading. I think blended families can be so hard, but it really is what you make of it. I think having Nancy is an added blessing in your life to your mom and you! I loved seeing all of these flashback photos and the one of your wearing Nancy’s dress. Do your mom and Nancy ever come on here to read all the comments? 🙂


    • You hit the nail on the head, by saying Nancy’s an added blessing!!
      And as for mom and Nancy reading these comments, I used to forward the comments to them. Now, I know my mom is good about reading them…Nancy is so busy, that I’m not sure. At least this week, Nancy is skiing, so she probably won’t read this until next week, LOL!
      Thanks Carrie!!

  • Thanks for sharing your story! I enjoyed looking at all the fashions through the years. Your blog definitely has a unique perspective that sets you apart from the rest! 😍

    • Unique perspective, or craziness…however, you want to describe it, LOL!!

  • kim

    Thanks for sharing about these relationships of you three women. I always wondered about it. It was a great idea you and Rob had for your blog. I have never seen a blog like yours. Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks for reading this Kim. I kinda wondered if anyone would be interested in a post like this, so it’s nice to know that it wasn’t too boring….

  • Ohh, such an amazing real story of your life. I often think about you and your mother’s life. I’m happy that you have written everything honestly. I respect your your and your mother thoughts. So nice that you all have connected to each other and are happy with each other. Life is short, we should enjoy every relationship we are gifted from God. So touchy and Great. Kisses 💕💕

    • Thanks Rakhshanda….you are so right. Life is short, and there is no time for negativity!!

  • Sarah

    Thanks so much for sharing so much of yourself! I really enjoyed reading this and seeing all the pictures. I think it brings your readers even closer to hear some of your story! It warms my heart to know that split families can get along so well. My parents divorced after 25 years of marriage and, while it wasn’t a very pretty divorce, they were ALWAYS civil to each other in front of all of the kids and always managed to pull together to discuss things when there was a crisis of some sort with one of the kids OR a graduation, wedding or some other event to celebrate as a family. I was always proud to say that my parents still got along well enough to be in the same room and was always saddened when my friends would tell me that one of their parents refused to come to an important event because they didn’t want to be at the same event as the other parent. Congratulations to all of you for being such a unique family!

    • It’s so fabulous to hear that other’s parents did the same thing, Sarah. I always say there is enough hate in this world without adding our own. Then again, maybe that’s why I’m such a positive person??
      Enjoy your weekend, and thanks so much for sharing your story too!!

  • What a magnificent story Jodie! How amazing that Nancy and Charlotte are both connected to you and each other with these interesting circumstances. I completely relate because my late husband died (who is from Boulder) and I’m still very close to his family. They came to my wedding to my new husband. We are so lucky and blessed. God is good!

    • Ahhhhh….that’s how you know Colorado so well, Kathrine. And how fabulous that there are other families that practice this kindness and closeness!

  • Lovely story and just how life should go. Everyone getting along and enjoying life! You have an amazing family! Happy Friday! Cheryl

    • I think you’re exactly right Cheryl…exactly how life should go!!

  • Pamela Graham

    I have one dear friend who operates her own family in this way and is great friends with her ex and his present wife. The result is one super happy daughter and 2 grandchildren in the middle, adored by all. Everyone loves and looks out for each other just like your family Jodie – inspirational and humbling! Pamela xx

    • I never thought about it until now, but maybe that is why I try to look at the positive and am usually happy?? There’s enough hate in the world as it is…no sense adding to it!!
      Thanks Pamela!!

  • I have to say, from the first time I read your blog, I was so surprised at how unique your family is. What special personalities to not let pettiness get in the way of what you have proven can be a rewarding, long lasting friendship within your family.

    So beautiful that you can be at the center of your mom and Nancy’s friendship…I think what people forget is that loving someone else doesn’t take anything from anyone. It’s not a contest but the more you share it, the more winners there are. You all are definitely winners!

    Thank you for sharing the photos and your memories. Loved all the pictures! I have done the fanny pack and the wig thing (mine was a reddish shag…I actually believed no one could tell..bahahaha) and both are LOOOONG gone! Lol. (PS…I know your hair frustrates you sometimes, but I think it’s really very pretty and your style is very versatile. The wig is fun, but obviously your own hair is MUCH prettier.)

    Wonderful post!

    • Now that’s a wonderful quote to remember, Em “Loving someone else doesn’t take anything from anyone”….and it’s so true. Beside the negativity associated with the opposite is not good for us!!
      You had a wig?? But why—you have such fabulous hair?? I’ve seen your good hair day! I know, I know—-coveting hair is not right…My hubby says exactly what you said, and I’m getting better at loving what I have!!

      • I did…too many moons ago. I had really short hair at the time and wanted it to feel longer. So funny…
        A friend finally told me, “I’m not going anywhere with you if you have ‘that thing’ on your head.” I probably should have thanked her. 🤣

        • I actually guffawed at this!!! I want to see photos….

          • I don’t actually think I have one…but there are some greats I have planned for a future post. I have lived a tragically unfashionable life. 😂

          • Which is easily changeable….

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What a beautiful story. It was so wonderful that your mom and dad made a choice to get along. The effects of divorce on kids can be devastating, mostly due to the inability of the parents to get along. Thanks for sharing this Jodie! What a great story. – Amy

    • It is so sad when the negativity of divorce includes everything. It may not always be easy to get along, but I think it’s worth it for everyone. (Maybe long distance makes it easier too—ha ha)

  • Jodie,
    Now I know the rest of your story!
    You are very lucky that Nancy and your mom are good friends and there hasn’t been stress between your parents after their divorce!

    Have a great weekend!

    • The rest of the story…..yes…I used to love listening to that!!!
      Yes, it’s so nice that we have this kind of relationship!! Maybe that’s why I always say “why can’t everyone get along?

  • Margot R

    I enjoyed readind the story of your familly !
    You have such a special relation. It’s beautiful !
    I love the wedding pictures and it’s awesome you wore the same dress as your step mom.

    • Thanks so much Margot!
      It has made life so enjoyable!!

  • Just simply a lovely post. Thank you for sharing.

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I loved reading the “behind the scenes” story of how the three of you came to be 🙂 What a blessing that you have been able to be close and share the joy of family!! As an aside, my kids gave me such grief for wearing a “fanny pack”…it was just so ” mom like” lol. If they make a comeback I will have to wear my old one just to rub it in my kids’ noses lol. Thanks for sharing and love your blog!!
    Bev xx

    • So you still have your fanny pack?? Hilarious!! I have heard some rumblings that they could make a comeback, so it would be so apropos!!
      Thanks Bev!!

      • Bev @ Walking Well With God

        I’m not sure why I saved it?? I knew I’d never wear it again, but we got so many laughs out of it, it sort of became a keepsake in a strange sort of way 🙂

        • But it’s like one of those comedic pieces—-I love that you still have it and laugh about it!! I’m not sure if you noticed, but Nancy wore one of her when we went to Frisco this December ( It certainly has it’s uses….However, she did recently buy a cross body purse—so much more stylish in my opinion….

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    What a wonderful relationsship Jodie. I love this post.
    I send you many greetings from Thailand, Tina

    • Thanks for checking in from Thailand, Tina!! I know you’ll be having a fabulous weekend!!

  • Wow, aren’t you lucky? So many people in life are not as evolved.

    Loved looking at all the old photos!


    • I do consider myself very lucky in this respect. And I think it’s taught me about personalities quite a bit too!!
      Thanks Suzanne!

  • Eileen Flanigan Sinda

    Loved this post, Jodie. How fortunate you are that everyone was able to get along all those years. That is the way it should be, but usually isn’t. I believe you look a lot like your dad’s mother. Well it seems so from the photos. All three of you ladies were always very well dress and stylish! No wonder you all look so great in the blog!

    Oh, and I love your wig!

    • Thanks so much Eileen…for all of the wonderful compliments!!
      It’s funny how when I was younger, if I was with my mom, people said I looked like her. And if I was with my dad, they’d say I looked like him. Maybe I’m just a chameleon?? LOL
      PS…I still have that wig—maybe I’ll bring it out again for an upcoming blog post….

  • Kellyann

    Boy do I love this! Such a unique relationship that should serve as inspiration for others. The key here is that no one is holding onto resentment or bitterness; each woman is confident and secure in HERSELF. So admirable. I’ll tell you as a counselor it is so refreshing. My best friends parents get along but it took years and years to get there – better late than never.
    It’s wonderful to look back at your old photos, thanks for sharing. Dang, your mom is one talented seamstress! That red dress with the fur collar – oh my!

    • It really is impressive, isn’t it Kellyann?? And funny, because when I grew up it was just normal (not don’t get me wrong, my mom would complain about my dad occasionally) but then when I found out other parents couldn’t even be in the same room together? Wow…what an eye opener!!

  • Karolina M

    Hej! Świetny post, jesteś naprawdę megaaa śliczna 🙂

    obserwuje i zapraszam do mnie :

  • Karen

    Wonderful post Jodie! I read this with so much interest and the pictures really enhanced the whole thing. Wasn’t your mom’s wedding dress fabulous?? It’s easy to see on your blog that you love and respect each other, and that you have a lot of fun together. It’s wonderful and really uplifting!

    • Thanks so much Karen!
      You know, my mom probably still has her wedding dress somewhere in her basement….I’ll have to check and see!!
      Have a great and relaxing weekend!!!

  • It really comes full circle when your mom alters for you the wedding gown that your step mom wore to marry your mom’s ex. I love how you all get along.

    • It is a little funny and full circle, eh??
      Thanks Jennifer!!

    • Sarah

      That really IS something. What a great way to put it!

  • Marisa Cavaleiro

    Woowww thanks for sharing your incredible life story…. I loved to know, you are trully friends and that reflects on the blog.

    • Thanks for reading Marisa!! It does make life so much nicer this way!

  • Deb’s World

    Such a great post Jodie, showing the unique relationship you all have. I loved reading it and the photos are priceless!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    I love this post! It’s great to know a little more about your history. I think the sweet relationship you all had starts with your wonderful parents. And the kind of man your dad must have been to choose someone wonderful like Nancy. You all are an inspiration! And I like you in that wig!

    • It really is so fabulous all around, and I really think it helps all of us in the long run!!
      Thanks Cathy!!
      I may have to pull out that wig one of these days…..