I have always said, “God gives me the weird stuff!” But the truth is, the more I meet all of you and hear your stories the more I begin to say, “me too.”

Take for example being a stepmother.  Who in the world woke up one day and said, “I want to be a stepmother?”

When I was a little girl I would watch Cinderella, and declare as a fact, “I’m going to grow up and be the princess who marries the handsome prince.” And I have married my handsome prince.

But seriously!  What little girl EVER woke up declaring, “I want to be a divorced single parent who remarries and becomes a Stepmother?”

Those words have never been spoken.

So, here is part of my story about the crazy life I live.  The one where God gets all the glory, for any good that comes from it, because I have obviously made some mistakes along the way.


Love you all!

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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