Words from our friends...
A blended family is like a jigsaw puzzle—if you force the pieces to fit, you destroy the intended design. To help us work the blended family puzzle, here’s great news—this is a family that’s done it! Now they are providing practical solutions for perplexing problems. And more so, their solutions are trustworthy and based on biblical truth. Who doesn’t need wise answers for our ‘What to do’ dilemmas? What a gift for every blended family!
-Founder and Chief Servant Officer, Hope for the Heart
Author, "How to forgive...when you don't feel like it"
John Trent and Kari (Trent) Stageberg
Blended families can feel as challenging as playing 3D Chess - blindfolded. There's his family. Her family. Our family. No wonder so many couples end up broken - which is why your Blended Family has come to the right place! We have met with, worked alongside, and are honored to highly recommend to you Tim, Olivia and Christine. The awesome family team at Blended, not Broken. Get ready for tools, insights, wisdom, hope and grace to help you handle the biggest challenges and build a blessed home.
- StrongFamilies.com and the Centre for Strong Families.
Authors of "The Blessing" and "Where do I go from here?"
For many in blended families we bring the brokenness of
our past relationships into this new family system.
How can you be "Blended Not Broken?"
5 key factors to facing this sense of brokenness and moving
into your new family with a sense of hope and vibrancy.
One of the challenges of forming a blended family is dealing with this past pain and
trauma. The history of the family members can be complicated, and each person has
their own individual experiences that can shape how they interact with each other.
The family had grown apart, and the day that it happened was a turning
point in their lives. Even now, decades later, many of the family members
still remember that day with a deep sense of sorrow and regret.
The memories of the day the family fractured can haunt family members
for years to come. The sound of a certain song or the scent of a familiar
fragrance can be triggers that will take them back to this time and all its
The stigma of divorce, remarriage and blended families can be difficult
to overcome. It can trigger painful memories for those who have gone
through it and those who are still in the midst of it.
Lack of Resources
This can lead to feelings of isolation and confusion, as well as a lack of
support for the unique challenges faced by blended families. Additionally,
non-traditional family structures may not be included in conversations
Blended Not Broken!
Over 50% of families in the United States are remarried or
recoupled and nearly 1,300 new stepfamilies are created
every single day. Beyond the normal stresses and pressures
on any marriage and family, second marriages fail at almost
twice the rate of first time unions. Blended Not Broken
addresses many of the core issues while also offering
practical and biblical solutions.
Download this Free Guide:
5 Keys to Leaving Brokenness Behind
Unlock a new Beginning for your Blended Family!
Meet the team
Hi, my name is Christie Meldrim
I have been a stepdaughter since I was 16 and now a stepmom for the past 12 years. I love to share my story, both the good and the hard, and come alongside others as they navigate their new blended family. Our journey has led us to experience what it is like when you really invest into your family, and we have learned how much it is worth that investment. I am so excited to be able to share from those experiences and encourage others in their blended families! Jump in with us, lock arms with us at Blended Not Broken and work towards having that healthy blended family you have so longed for.
Hi, my name is Grant Wood
In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years, I am also a single father to two young adult children. I am excited to use my experiences as a father, a co-parent and a therapist to share practical tools and insights with you that will help enrich your relationships. My hope is that Blended Not Broken will grow to become your go-to reference point for navigating the challenges and opportunities that await you in your unique family situation! Whatever you are going through, you do not have to go through it alone.
Hi, my name is Tim Smith
I have been a stepdad in a large family for over 25 years. I am excited to be able to share some of my experiences with you in leading and guiding a blended family. Some of my experiences have been really good, while others have been real challenges. But through it all we have experienced a great journey in our blended family. I hope you will connect with us here at Blended Not Broken where I share a lot of our experiences and strategies to building vibrant, positive, growing blended families.