Hello friends and welcome! I am Tanya Phillips and I am married to a guy who keeps me laughing; Jim Phillips. We are a “blended family,” and with God’s daily help, we are raising 5 children together in Gregory, Michigan.
We began our blended journey 7 years ago. Jim and I were both previously married, and those marriages both ended in divorce. Jim and I realized early on that while God was continuing to heal our pasts and guide our steps, with blending two households and five teenagers at the time, we knew were going to need additional support and guidance if we were going to be successful on this blended family journey.
We began meeting with our pastor at our church for marriage counseling. I came across Ron Deal’s The Smart Stepfamily curriculum online and ordered it. We presented it to our pastor and asked if we could begin a blended family study at our church. He agreed, and a blended family ministry was launched at our church. Jim and I have enjoyed facilitating this blended family ministry group at our church for the past 6 years. We have used Ron Deal’s The Smart Stepfamily dvd/book study, and more currently have used Family Life Blended’s “Blended and Blessed” conference material.
I also have enjoyed leading and co-leading a blended family moms’ bible study group over the past 6 years as well. We used Laura Petherbridge’s The Smart Stepmom material and her online video interviews, Kristie Carpenter’s The Blended Family Mom book, and we also love studying God’s word and applying it to step family life.
Although, blended family complexities can pose unique challenges that traditional families do not face, through God’s grace, Matthew 19:26 states “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’.”