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Imagine this. You have raised your children. The last one just moved out. You are finally free to live your own life. Be your own woman. Then WHAM! BAM! An eight year old boy moves in.

Zach’s mother decided she didn’t want to play mummy any more so she never collected him from a weekend with dad and his evil step mother (me).

It was not easy. Zach didn’t want to be here. The feeling was kind of mutual. The first 6 months were full of anger, tears and tantrums. Zach wasn’t much better. He missed his mum, and I missed the quiet.

After a little while, we began to work things out. Zach learnt not to ask too many questions before my morning coffee, and I learnt to love Zach.

Slowly but surely our house became a home. Three people became a family. When I married Zach’s Dad last year, our little man was our best man. The highlight of his amazing speech was when he said “…when you marry my dad, you get a Zach for free”


Posted by Nicol Lea Croxford, 14th February 2014


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  • Its lovely to read that u have combined the family and overcome the resentment x

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  • kool

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  • top story

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  • How sweet was zach’s speech. It brought a tear to my eye.

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  • It is sad his mum didn’t want him but I am glad that he has your support and you are becoming a family

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  • It would have been a massive adjustment for everyone, and full points to you for having the love and patience to help him to adjust. He’s obviously settled in well, and is blossoming with the love that you and his father give him.

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  • This is such an inspiring story. I’m so happy that you’ve been able to give Zach, a loving home.

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  • what a nice little boy :)

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  • awwww its fantastic to see things worked themselves out

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  • That is so good to hear that you got along in the end – lovely speech too :)

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  • What a beautiful story. It must have been such a shock especially since you finally had FREEDOM but you did it. Well done.

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  • What a sweet thing for him to say! It must’ve made all those difficult times seem worth it!

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  • How sad for zach that his mother left but it sounds like a happy outcome

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  • I love Zach’s comment when you married his father. It was so lovely to hear of a modern day story where people worked through their problems and there was eventually a wonderfully happy outcome. Too often these days as people we just give up and walk away, when in times gone by people worked on things.

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  • What a lucky boy Zach is and what a lucky lady you are to have Zach love you back

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