Family Bonding

Monday October 31, 2011

Something happened this weekend that I wanted to write about that truly touched my life. I was left alone with my son and future son as my fiancee Nadine flew to New York to be with her daughter Ashley who lives in New York and my two daughters who flew into New York from Virginia for a weekend of wedding dress shopping and women bonding.

Molding two families has it’s challenges, but this was truly a bonding experience. Mind you I am only getting a glimpse of what happened this weekend as I got skimpy reports over the weekend. What I did hear was so encouraging as the quantity time that they spent time together caused a true connection between the three girls and a real connection happened between Nadine and my daughters. They experienced snow together on Saturday. They had to deal with a tooth ache that caused them to spend an hour or so in the dentist chair to take away some pain. They laughed late at night in one anothers rooms. They walked from store to store seeking to find just the right wedding dress and corresponding maids dresses. They ate sushi and shared French fries together. Those are the snip pits that I am aware of, but from a dad’s perspective and a future husband’s perspective, it truly was a bonding experience.

God has been directing this journey in two families becoming one. This is just another piece on the journey of what He is doing in bringing the Grobmeier family together with the Gorton family.

Sometimes on this journey, it is healthy to set back and rejoice in what He is doing in front of your eyes.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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