June has arrived and with it the annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day. What? Why would you run into this on such a normal food blog? you may be asking. The blogger here has a family with lots of kids. The blogger is conservative. She likes dresses, babies, and crockpots for goodness sake. She bakes and makes meatloaf! She takes care of her elderly mother.
Just in case you have missed it…the blogger here is a lesbian. Yes, a lesbian, with a blended family of six kids (3 “hers” and 3 her “partner’s”), my aging mother, a couple of dogs, a bird, a betta fish, and a lot of cookbooks.
Yes, we look like the family next door except for the three adult women and no adult men living here. We grocery shop. We read books. We stress over making ends meet, shopping frugally, and raising good kids. We tell our children to clean their rooms and do their homework. We might have been sitting down the row from you at the children’s concerts or their plays. You wouldn’t have noticed us, unless you noticed the child being hugged by two or three mommies and a daddy after the event. Yes, our kids have a father in their lives. The younger kids more so, because they are younger after all. (The three older kids all are over 18 and don’t live at home anymore.) Or did you see us at graduation? Our 19 yo graduated from college last month. Did you see us when our oldest daughter got married? She married a handsome, hard-working young man in March.
We love our children and each other. Tremendously.
The children’s view on our relationship? 13 yo’s obsession with simile and things that go together sums it up: “You and Denise go together like peanut butter and jelly, like macaroni and cheese.”
We are a very lucky family and a happy family. We are a GLBT family.