My husband created this blog for me as a way to share our life with others, an alternative to blasting our stuff on Facebook. Periodically, I enjoy writing “notes” on Facebook, which serve two purposes: a) inform my loved ones & b) personal therapy. Sometimes it just feels good to purge. I will make this first post a ‘get to know us’ post. My plan is to share with the world the challenges we face as we blend our families together, get to know each other, and attempt to live a happy, strong, ethical life. We face so many challenges, but the payoffs are so worth it.
Who are we? Matt is a tattoo artist, he owns a business in St. Louis. He lost 100 pounds through diet and exercise over the last couple of years. He has lived a much more interesting life than I, traveling all over the world tattooing and having fun. I am an ICU nurse, I work at a large academic level 1 trauma center in the city. Both of our work lives are very busy and satisfying, we are both workaholics. I also work part time as Matt’s assistant. We do not drink, smoke, or drug. We do coffee, a lot.
Matt and I met twenty five years ago at a picnic in Forest Park. We were teenagers. We didn’t see each other much over the next 25 years, but we ran in the same circles. Eventually, we lost touch, went to college, got married, had babies (a total of 5 between us!), and lived life with other people. In 2014, Matt started tattooing my ex husband & I. We realized our connection and reconnected as friends, we were both married. We were both very unhappy in our marriages, but we never talked about that. I
n the summer of 2014, I asked for a divorce after 18 years together (I won’t go into details here, I will say that it was not an easy choice to make, and it was the most difficult decision of my life). Matt asked for a divorce several months later. I will not speak for him, but I will say that it was an incredibly difficult decision for him as well. We started dating in January…quickly fell in love, and got married on Halloween of 2015.
We face lots of challenges, which I will blog about as we go along. We do not know where our story will go….we do know that we want to write the story together, with the support of our families and friends.
I am looking forward to posting lots of pictures of our Church Van Adventures!