Earlier this week, Maki’s mother, Synnove, returned to New Zealand after a week resettling him into his American life with us. As I mentioned in a June post, one of the major positives that has come out of Vernon’s accident is the fact that Maki’s two families have come together in an unexpected and special way.
Divorce is hard for everyone involved…at first. But it happens. And when people move on, a blended family can be an amazing thing. I can’t speak for anyone else, but it seems that I hit the jackpot: a great husband, a great step-son, and now a great friend in Maki’s mum. Imagine that! 🙂 And though it is probably a little strange for Maki to have two mothers fussing over him, I hope he understands its all because he is LOVED. He may not always appreciate the extra attention at 12, but I expect he will in time. It takes a village, anyway!
I could go on and on about her as I have so much respect for how she has handled the situation—arriving in our crazy (and foreign, to her) world as soon as she heard the bad news, showing her support for Maki at every turn. (And also her support for Vernon and myself.) I don’t take her involvement for granted. I know this is a unique gift.
While she was here this time, I got to take a few photos of her as she needed some for her upcoming book release. It was quite an adventure and I love how they turned out. I feel they captured her Nordic strength and her youthfulness at once. You can see them out on my photo website, here.