We know how hard it must’ve been for couples who are miles away from each other to maintain their relationship. It’s not an easy task, but they must work together for it to last. Technology made it easier for everyone who has loved ones far from home to connect to each other. With the smartphones that we’re using, we can see and hear them at the same time. However, its downside is we tend to be careless about what we send to them. In this article, we’d talk about a couple whose relationship was ruined because of simple carelessness.
It is not easy to be with a partner who’s thousands of miles away from you. You don’t get to do what other couples usually do; going out for movies, munching on snacks together or just simply hugging and holding each other. The couple, Iris and Thomas, have been enduring this kind of setup since Thomas’ work includes a lot of travelling. As an Insurance Agent, it is required for you to travel a lot. That’s why Thomas has always been away from her partner, Iris.
A couple being away from each other really takes a lot of deep understanding and serious commitment. For Iris and Thomas, even if their setup is like that, their relationship is still going good. Thomas was able to save quite a good amount of money because of his dedication to his work. He knew that Iris would understand and he is confident that she would support him all the way through. However, they both knew that their relationship will not always be an easy journey.
Enough Is Enough
With the whole 2 years of Thomas and Iris being married to each other, only weekends are their time to be with each other. Weekends are the only days that Thomas is home and their only chance to spend time with each other and catch up. With that kind of setup, misunderstandings are inevitable to arise. Ofcourse, not every relationship is perfect and some people can only endure so much. Sometimes, their weekends are spent arguing with each other because of their situation.
Since Thomas’ work requires a lot of travelling from one place to another, he usually stays in a hotel to spend the night. One time, while he was in a hotel, he thought of his current relationship situation and realized that he had to do something to make it better. He then decided to resign from his work and just work near their place so that he has more time for his wife. He’s no longer eager to keep his job and plans to resign by the end of month.
Not A Problem
Thomas was already decided and sure of his decision to quit his work for the betterment of his relationship with his spouse. For him, it is the best thing that he can do. He knows that he can land a job that does not require so much of his time once he quit as an insurance agent. With his work background and experience, he is assured of that. He wants to find a job that is near their place so commuting wouldn’t be hard and far.
Letting Her Know
For any married couple, each one of them dreams of having a place to call their own. It’s one of the things that you consider when you start building a family, a house of your own. For Thomas, it was a goal that he’s about to tick off his list. With the money he was able to save up while he was away working, they’d be able to pay up the house’s mortgage. It’ll be a big step for Thomas and his wife will be there to celebrate with him.
Excited To Share The News
With all the plans that Thomas has set in his mind, Iris still does not know a thing about it. She was not aware of the plans Thomas has in store for her. Thomas wanted his wife to be surprised. He can’t wait for the weekend to finally come and tell everything to his wife. He’s excited about the talk they’re going to have, about the house and about him quitting his job to be with her. Their lives are about to finally change for the better!
It was already in the afternoon when Thomas’ work had finally ended and he was able to talk to Iris. He was staying in Paris that time. It seemed a normal day for the both of them, nothing really unusual. They were exchanging messages, photos, and updating each other through Whatsapp. That’s the normal routine of the married couple. Who would not want to see their spouse after a long day at work, right? Telling each other how your day went is helpful, especially for long distance relationships.
Everything Was Normal… Until It Wasn’t
There was not really something unusual in their day. It’s just like any day that they were talking to each other. The conversation that they were having seemed pretty normal too. That time, they were talking about how they are going to spend the night on the weekend that’s about to come. Iris sent an image to Thomas. Once Thomas saw the photo that Iris sent, he was shocked and paralyzed. He didn’t know what to say. What did he see to make him react like that?
Thomas could not believe what he saw, he had to make sure that he was not imagining things. The photo that Iris sent seemed to be pretty normal and nothing really unusual. In the photo, there was a woman and a guitar which was placed beside her. The sunlight behind her and quite some garments that were on the floor were captured too. Why would Thomas react that way then? Could it be he saw something else that wasn’t supposed to be there?
Thomas knew he was not just imagining things and what he saw was really something else. So he did what he had to do. Zooming in on the photo was the most ideal way to confirm. If you do that, you will see that there’s a hand under the bed! Shocked by what he found out, he could not still believe it. Everything was pretty normal in the photo, just that one thing under the bed. It was just a small detail but quite very unusual not to notice.
Thomas was devastated by what he found out. 2 years of his life all went down the drain. 2 years of marriage was just put into waste. His plans were all ready, a few days is just what he’s waiting for. He talked to his wife about the matter on Whatsapp. He found out about it on Thursday, and when the weekend finally came, he went home, only to leave again. His wife, Iris, admitted that she indeed cheated on him. He left the house and filed for a divorce.
Living His Life
Moving is not easy, especially if you thought that that person is the one whom you are going to spend the rest of your life with. It has already been a couple of months, yet Thomas was still in pain. He thought that travelling would help him ease the pain and so he did. Travelling is indeed a great distraction for such situations. Thomas went to a bar and worked for a little while to slack off for some time. There, he saw a familiar face.
Thomas can’t understand what he was feeling when he saw a familiar face when looked up from his laptop. The woman with a familiar face entered the bar and she was alone. He could not believe what his two eyes had seen, so he had to look again to confirm that he was not imagining things yet again. He looked at the woman for the second time and by then he was definitely sure that he knew her.
When he finally confirmed and realized that he knew the woman who just entered the bar, he remembered that he knew her highschool. Angela is the name of the woman. They were close friends back in their highschool days but not close enough to be considered a romantic relationship. They lost connection when Angela had to transfer and move abroad with her family after highschool. What a coincidence, indeed! Must be a lucky night for the both of them.
It was indeed a long time ago since the last time they saw each other. It was the first time they had seen each other since highschool. The two might have felt that fate wanted them to meet again. It was indeed a lucky coincidence as Angela was only there to wear off some stress from her work that night and it just so happened that Thomas was there too. They talked and caught up about their lives over the years that passed by. Thomas also mentioned his divorce.
A Good Night
Before, Angela wished that Thomas and her would bump into each other some day. And now, it finally came true. That one simple evening that the two would have had turned out to be fun and and a memorable one. The moments that they shared together were full of drinking, laughing and non stop talking. Thomas felt nice. For a moment, he forgot all his worries. Thanks to Angela who made her night worth remembering. The two felt the chemistry between them.
The two were having so much fun with each other’s company that they forgot the time. It was already 2 in the morning and the bar already had to close. They didn’t want to cut off their conversation, however, they did so as they must leave the place. There’s not much of a choice. As they were walking on the sidewalk, Thomas was taken aback by the words that Angela just uttered. She asked, “Will you come home with me? I love around the corner.”
Thomas was pretty surprised by Angela’s invitation to her home. He wasn’t really expecting it all. Even though he was shocked, it was evident that he wanted to do so. He accepted Angela’s invitation and held each other’s hand as they walked. They felt it was the start of something really beautiful. Although it took so long and a lot of heartache, still it was indeed a happy ending. There’s also another couple who have experienced a lot but had a happy ending; it’s Jeremy Musser and Katie Hills’s story.
The Beginning of Something Special
We have all experienced meeting someone that gave us a certain silly feeling. It just happens unexpectedly. This was the case for Jeremy Musser and Katie Hill. It’s been 4 years since they first met back in college. It wasn’t really the time yet for their relationship to bloom or to be considered romantic. 4 years have passed by, they met each other again. Even though it’s been a long time, the spark between them was still there. Could it be the best time to see where that thing can go?
Reciprocation of Feelings
Jeremy knew that their meeting after a few years of not seeing each other should not be wasted, as well as the spark that he felt when he saw Katie. He knew he had to do something; Jeremy then courted Katie. Their relationship became more serious compared before in a span of 2 months. However, there is something that they needed to settle and talk about first before going all the way in. It is something inevitable that they needed to face.
A Challenge In The Relationship
And so the time came that Katie had to know everything first before diving in too deep. Jeremy told her that he had a kid with his former lover and he’s still in contact with the mother and child. It was the best thing for any father to do, to never leave their children. Even though Casey and Jeremy’s relationship didn’t work out, they remained civil for their son, Landon. Katie decided to accept the situation and continue the growing relationship between her and Jeremy.
Even More Complications
Casey wasn’t really ready yet to let go of Jeremy. She still wanted to try harder to make the relationship work. However, it is the opposite for Jeremy. He knew that their relationship has no future and will never work out anymore. Casey hated the fact that Jeremy didn’t want to try to make things work. She hated Jeremy as well for it. She can’t imagine seeing another woman as a mother figure in her son’s life. She just wasn’t ready and hated the idea too.
Starting On The Wrong Foot
When Katie accepted the current situation of Jeremy, she knew for a fact that Jeremy will always have his baby, Landon, by his side. It is something she cannot change. She knew how important Landon is for Jeremy and the only thing that she can do is let it be the way it is. Katie also knew she wanted more from their relationship so she made sure she would not hurt the feelings of Casey.
Extending An Olive Branch
Kati realized that in order for her not to hurt Casey feelings, she has to reach out to her. She felt the need to settle whatever misunderstanding or confusion they both have. She wanted to let Casey feel that her feelings and motives for Jeremy and his son are genuine. However, Casey didn’t feel like they needed to do such a thing but Katie was indeed determined. Their relationship developed over time. A friendship was starting to grow.
A Wonderful Friendship
Katie and Casey thought that whatever problems they had in the past needed to be buried down and set aside. When the two were already on good terms, they both realized that they had a lot of things in common. When asked in an interview what she could say about their friendship, Casey answered, “ We bonded on so many more levels than just Landon.” It was not really a good start for them but in the end, still, they managed to be friends.
Enemies To Friends
Katie and Casey discovered that they both have a lot in common. Not just for their love for Landon but also interest in things. This helped their relationship as friends became more attainable. Casey was ready to move on already, she also married a guy Tyler. On the other hand, Jeremy was getting all ready to propose to Katie.
A Big Step
It was only after a year since they met when Jeremy proposed to Katie. That day was indeed full of bliss both for the couple. Katie accepted Jeremy’s proposal. She must have felt like floating in the air. All the things she endured and adjusted with for the sake of having Jeremy by his side is finally paying off. Although Katie was still in cloud nine, he is also anxious about the next things that’s gonna happen.
Becoming A Stepmother
Everyone knows what happens next after the proposal, the nuptials. Katie has been thinking about it nonstop. She was so excited about it and can’t wait to finally be married to the love of her life. Although she feels that why, she can’t also hide her worries and anxiousness. She doesn’t want to think automatically that Casey would like her and accept her as Landon’s stepmother. She needs to be able to fill in her role and responsibilities as a wife and a stepmom to Landon.
When she said yes to Jeremy’s proposal, she knew what was ahead of her. Agreeing to it means she gladly accepts that she will become a part of the family that Jeremy has. She will become a step-mom to Landon. She will be involved in a lot of things now that she will become his wife officially. Katie does not want anything but a good stepmom to Landon.
Coming Up With A Plan
It seems like Katie has been thinking about her role of becoming Landon’s stepmom quite often. Jeremy’s son, Landon, is such a young, nice boy. Everyone around him wants him to have a healthy environment to grow up with and Katie has been thinking about how she can contribute with it as she is about to be part of his life as well. She wants nothing less than a good and loving stepmom to him.
Writing The Vows
Katie always wanted to make sure that everything in her wedding was nothing less than perfect. It was something she has been waiting for and been thinking about nonstop. Ofcourse, who wouldn’t? She’s about to marry the only man she loves and she’s gonna be his wife officially. Every detail in her wedding was cautiously prepared. Not only for her, but also for the family that’s going to be part of. She poured her heart in writing her wedding vow to Jeremy.
A Moment of Reflection
With the lack of experience of raising a child, Katie is quite a bit worried on how to do it. Since she and Jeremy were not married yet, she does not try to overdo and overstep in being a stepmom to Landon. She was just a girlfriend back then. However, things are about to change. Katie only wanted the best of Landon. She wanted him to enjoy and be proud of the family that he has.
An Unexpected Decision
“Then I realized I’m missing something, the piece that helped shape me and Jeremy’s relationship and helped us both grow up,” Katie said in an interview. “I needed Casey to know how thankful I am to her,” she added. Not inviting Casey to their wedding was the most logical way to handle it but Katie felt the need to invite her. She wanted Casey to be there. She realized that Casey, attending her wedding, is the piece that will complete the puzzle.
A Secret Agenda
Katie thought that inviting Casey and Tyler to her wedding is going to complete the whole experience of it. She thought it was the last thing that needs to be done in order for her perfect wedding to come true. Casey’s attendance to her wedding indeed means a lot to her. However, she has something else planned. She does not plan to just invite the married couple. She prepared a little something for them as she was so grateful for Casey.
The Big Day
And so the big day came. Katie’s most awaited day has finally arrived. Everything was looking good and everyone was so excited for Katie and Jeremy. All the efforts and careful planning of Katie has truly paid off. Everyone who helped in preparing the wedding and up to the time of Katie and Jeremy’s exchange of vows was glad that there were no problems encountered or occured. Everyone was seated and was waiting for the vows of the lovely couple.
Not Facing The Groom
Who in the world here knows who faced the audience when they were telling their wedding vows? Probably none. However, Katie did it in her wedding. When she was citing her vow, she wasn’t really looking at his husband, Jeremy. She was facing the audience that whole time. Everyone was confused and alarmed. They didn’t know if it was a mistake or not because if not, who was she saying her vow to? Who was she talking to?
“To start their vows, I’d like to invite Tyler and Casey Bender to stand,” the minister announced after handing Katie a piece of paper. It was quite unusual for an ex-girlfriend and its partner to be called on stage by the wife. In other scenes, mostly, this kind scenario ends up in a total disaster. Everyone was confused about the act and what was going on. They thought that something scandalous is about to happen.
Passing On The Mic
As the minister of the event requested for Casey and Tyler’s presence up on the stage, they did stand up and went there. Casey and Tyler have no clue as well why they were being called on stage by the minister and why they need to be there. Everyone was surprised and was just waiting for the next thing to happen. They can’t think of any good idea why they were there on stage before the vows of the couple. The minister then handed the mic to Katie.
As everyone was confused of what was happening, they were patiently waiting for Katie to say a word and explain what’s going on. However, Katie started saying her vow instead. “First, I want to thank you for accepting me as your friend and allowing me to become part of Landon’s life,” she said. “I promise to be an amazing mother to your son. I will guide, teach, and love him every single day,” she added. It was an unexpected twist and everyone just continued listening to Katie’s vow.
Not Yet Finished
The guests were in a roller coaster ride of emotions. From them thinking that it was about to be scandalous to them feeling all too emotional with the vow Katie prepared for Casey. The guests’ eyes were starting to bawl out as they were moved by Katie’s speech. However, she was not done yet. Katie also said the things that she’s going to do to take good care of Landon. She really put her mind and heart to this vow.
Respect and Communication
“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 added to her speech for Casey. Even if Katie does not know so much about raising a child, she wanted to let Casey and Tyler know that her support for them will always be there. She will be there for the couple every step of the way and raise him altogether as one family.
More To Say
The guests were all touched by Katie’s speech and vow to Casey. You can hear sniffles everywhere in the room. They were indeed moved by how genuine and sincere Katie is. You can tell that her intention to grow as a family is serious and pure. After Katie’s speech for Casey, she’s about to say another vow. However, she was not still looking at her husband. There’s one more person to say her vow to, and he’s one of the most important ones.
After her heartwarming message for Casey, it was time for the next one. She bent her knees and spoke to Landon while holding his little hands and looking at him straight in the eyes. She said, “Landon,” at this time, she was starting to get emotional. “I love you more than you will ever know. I’ve had the privilege of knowing you since the beginning,” she added. People in the room were not able to hold back their tears any longer.
A Room Full Of Tears
“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,” Katie said. Katie was trying so hard to hold back the tears in her eyes so she wouldn’t ruin her speech and be completely understandable when she delivers her speech. Katie definitely poured her heart into her vow. It was very touching and you can feel her sincerity to be part of the family.
Wife And Stepmother
Even before the wedding, Katie can’t be still knowing that she’s going to be a wife and a mother all at once but she’s ready to learn. Her ideas to become the best she can be for them were amazing. “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 happy family that I promise you will have for the rest of your life,” Katie said.
More Than Two People In The Relationship
After her heartwarming speech for Landon and after the promises were made, Katie finally hugged Landon. Everything she wanted to say, she was able to express it completely. After her speech for Casey and Landon, it’s finally time to say her vow for her husband-to-be. She faced Jeremy and began her speech. After they were finished exchanging vows, they were finally pronounced husband and wife! Katie is now an official part of the family.
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 very best of friends,” Casey spilled. Casey’s and Katie’s effort to work out their relationship for the sake of Landon became so much more after realizing that indeed they can be more than just co-parents. What they have turned out to be something really beautiful.
Hashtag Family Goals
Landon was definitely lucky to have four amazing parents. Having 2 mothers and 2 fathers loving you is enough to consider yourself the luckiest. Casey and Jeremy’s relationship may not have worked out but Landon gained 2 amazing parents in exchange. It is indeed a family goal, seeing them all just having fun together. It is rare to see relationships like that work out as some are really cruel to each other and think about just themselves.
Regular Family Nights
Kids, when they grow up, they spend less time with their families. It is not unusual and completely understandable as they all develop their own interests. Most of the time they are busy spending time doing their hobbies or have always been away for school and other extra curricular activities they have. Even with their busy schedule, it is still important to take some time to spend even just a couple of hours with the family. It will help them improve their relationships with each other.
Dinnertime With Everyone
Bonding with your family for a few hours a day is a great idea. However, it will be even best to have everyone at dinner time. It is quite important to share this meal together as everyone is already home by then and each one of the family members can share how their day went and exchange stories. It is always good to know how everyone is doing as you will be able to look after one another and become fond of each other too.
Devotion Time Together
It will also be a good idea to spare some time for a devotion. Every family member will be able to share their fears and sentiments, be open about how they feel, and share their faith. That way, everyone will be connected and knows how everyone is doing. It is also good for personality development. As for kids, they will be open about their spiritual life and be guided by the lessons shared in the devotion.
Scheduled Date Nights
It is also important to spend some quality time with your partner if given the chance to. Spending time with each other gives you the opportunity to learn more about your partner’s beliefs, personality, and perceptions about things. Once you have a family, date nights are becoming less. However, it is still important to do so from time to time. So make sure you set aside some time for it.
Volunteering As A Family
Volunteering as a family is not only about helping other people who are in need. It is also about the improvement of the family’s relationship with each other as they bond together and feel a sense of fulfillment that they have done it all together and as one. It is also a great way to teach the kids about generosity, altruism, and other values that they can get in helping others.