We're Not Blended We're Pureed

We're Not Blended We're Pureed


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We're Not Blended We're Pureed by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Marty C. Lintvedt

When a second marriage includes children, it often can lead to a less-than-fairy-tale life. This book uses humor to approach the often emotionally charged issues in blended families. Both authors provide useable methods for what to say when words don't come. Short, captivating chapters are perfect for those rare moments parents have to themselves.

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ISBN-13: 9780758617910
Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
Publication date: 12/28/2011
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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We're Not Blended We're Pureed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
daws1996 More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! Not delightful as in fun to read, but as in full-of-heart and truth. The book is a blend of Diana Brandmeyer's first person accounts of her and her husband's second marriage (after each was widowed) and Marty Lintvedt's counselor analysis of what was going well and what could be thought through or done better. Diana's retelling had me giggling, tearing up, and wanting to reach out and hug her; Marty's analysis never came across as clinical and had me thinking through my own non-blended family to see what improvements we could make ourselves. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering remarriage, particularly if either spouse has children.
Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
We're Not Blended We're Pureed - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds A circle is a symbol of unity, eternity, and completeness. The wedding ring represents eternal love and the persistently renewed promises of a couple. Some Scandinavian women wear three bands: one each for engagement, wedding, and motherhood. In medieval England, a bridegroom would slide the ring partway up his bride's thumb, index, and middle finger, saying "In the name of Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit," as he slid the ring up each finger. He then placed the ring on the next available finger, the third finger of the left hand. Today, the wedding ring is an easily identifiable indication of marital commitment. Luanne and her husband-to-be had special matching gold bands made for all members of their blended family. The family members exchanged the rings during the couple's wedding ceremony.' (I loved this idea!) If you have ever been married, had children and then found yourself single again, no matter what the reason, this book is for you! Author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer and Co-Author Marty C. Lintvedt (a licensed, nationally certified professional counselor), through the writing of We're Not Blended We're Pureed have given us a list of what to expect, what not to expect and what you might never have dreamed of expecting, if you take your family and combine it with another. They cover everything from how to plan the wedding, while including the kids to which home is the most practical to take up residence in. Diana, through her own experience, as well as the experiences of others, walks you through the emotions that you may find yourself feeling, those that your soon-to-be or already new spouse may feel, and just as importantly, the feelings the children may be feel. And she doesn't stop there! Some of the topics brought to light are simple things such as.do I take my kids to your dentist or their own dentist or do find a new one for all of them? Same with pediatricians. In her own experience, she moved over an hour away from her home as well as her 2 son's old fashioned doctor who didn't mind being called in the middle of the night. Her new stepson's pediatrician is stuffy and makes her feel incompetent when asking questions. And since she did agree to move into her new husband's home, what happens to her own home? Can they afford the upkeep on both or should they sell hers? And how does she make his home hers? Since the house originally belonged to he and his deceased wife, there are memories in every nook. Can she change these and start new memories? And then there are the kids themselves. Diana, who also lost her husband, has 2 sons. Her new husband has 1. Her sons follow a routine requiring them to be in bed at set times at night and rising early. Her stepson is quite the opposite. He stays up late and sleeps late. Who takes control in making the changes.husband or wife? Or should there be a new set of rules set into play? Authors Diana Lesire Brandmeyer and Marty C. Lintvedt, go on and on bringing up one possibility after another. They hits on things that I personally would have never thought of. There's religion, holidays, money and of course the deceased's surviving family to consider. And one topic I would have missed completely is adoption. Should the kids be adopted by their new parent or left with who they already are?
Liz_Tolsma More than 1 year ago
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer and Marty C. Lintvedt do a masterful job of weaving together Diana's person tales from her life in a blended family with Marty's professional advice as a counselor. The stories are humorous, touching, and true to life. You feel like you're sitting at Diana's kitchen table as she shares her triumphs as woes as a parent. Marty's advice is great - even if you're not part of a blended family. The section on keeping your marriage fresh was very helpful to me and I also appreciated Diana's frank discussion of dealing with a strong-willed child. There are many take-aways in this book for not only blended families, but also adoptive families in their own unique "blended" situation, and for all families in general as there is great parenting and marriage advice. The publisher provided me with a copy of this wonderful book free of charge for review purposes. I only post reviews of books I like
JTiszai More than 1 year ago
This book addresses a huge need out there for the growing number of blended families that find out it's not quite as easy as the Brady Bunch made it look and wonder how to navigate the minefield of problems blended families must face. Diana's practical experience, combined with co-writer Marty's professional experience, makes this book the perfect blend of ideas, wisdom, comfort, and hope for blended families.