These days, just about every single smartphone has a built-in camera. It is not hard at all to take a photo and then send it to friends and family. A couple that hailed from Portugal did this every single day. However, there came a time when the husband received a photo that would end their marriage. But what was in the photo? What exactly did he see that would lead to their divorce?
Thomas and Iris did not have a lot of time to see each other. He worked as an insurance agent, so he had a busy schedule. His job required him to travel to other parts of the world regularly.
He was one dedicated man who has quite a fortune to his name. One day, he decided that he wanted to surprise his wife so that she will know how much he adored her. Iris was always there for him, so it was probably hard on her that he was not home often.
Enough Is Enough
The two of them had been man and wife for over two years. Unfortunately, they really only had the weekends for each other. It might not have been ideal, but it was not like they could do anything about it. This was something that the couple often fought about during their precious time together.
One night, Thomas had been staying in his hotel room. He decided that he had already spent enough time away from Iris. He made up his mind to quit his job by the end of the month. This way, he could have more time with her and then look for a job that was less demanding. They had a lot of savings already, so money was not going to be an issue.
Not A Problem
Thomas knew that it was not going to be a problem to seek out a job that was closer to home. He had a lot of experience under his belt by then. He wanted to have a regular job with normal hours.
Letting Her Know
He had already earned a lot of money since he worked a lot in the past. He planned to get a mortgage and buy a nice house. There was a vision of the future in his mind. He wanted to tell Iris all about it!
Excited To Share The News
He might have been excited about this, but it was hard to keep the surprise a secret from her. The weekend was nearing as he finally reached a decision. That was when he planned to tell her about it.
It had been a Thursday afternoon. The two of them were finished with the workday already. Sadly, Thomas was in Paris at the time. Luckily, they could always use WhatsApp to keep in touch no matter where they were. They often exchanged photos and messages using the app.
Everything Was Normal… Until It Wasn’t
They chatted about the plans that they had for the night. Their conversation went on as normal, but it all took a turn for the worse when she sent him a photo. What about it made him react the way he did?
He looked at the photo closely and felt his heart break. Many people who look at the same photo would not have noticed anything unusual about it. They would only see a young woman on the bed, looking at the camera with a rather sensual expression. The sunlight is pouring in, and there is a guitar beside her.
Do you want to find out what was off about this photo? You need to be observant to figure it out. Fine, we can also spell it out for you. The truth is that you can spot a hand beneath the bed!
That was the way Thomas learned that his wife had a secret lover in their home. He brought it up on the phone, but she denied the allegation. She only fessed up when he returned from his Paris trip. He was heartbroken to learn the truth, so he stayed at a hotel and started working on the divorce proceedings.
Living His Life
A few months after the divorce, he decided to go on a trip. He wanted to forget the deception that he had to suffer. Thomas wanted to have fun during his free time and forget about Iris. He would check his emails and get work done with the use of his laptop. One night, he had been passing the time in a bar when he had an exciting, life-changing experience. What happened?!
He looked up from his computer screen. Thomas could not believe what he was seeing! His heart began to pound hard about his chest. A familiar woman just walked into the bar, and it looked like she was alone. He blinked. Could this be true? He knew this woman!
The woman was Angela, someone he went to high school with. They were close friends in the past, but there was never anything romantic between them. For one, she had to move away with her family after when the two of them were 18 years old. What was she doing here?
They had no choice but to go their separate ways after this. It was the first time they saw one another since then. It was surprising to see her in that bar. Thomas had almost forgotten about her and knew that this was destiny at work. The universe must have conspired to bring them there at the same time. Thomas went up to her and learned that she was by herself. She just finished her workday and wanted to relax in the bar with a drink and a book. It was a great time for these old school friends to catch up after such a long time. Angela was shocked when she heard about his divorce!
A Good Night
Angela had always kept secret hopes of running into him again. While they did not go out before, they had great chemistry when they were younger. The good news was that Angela was also single! They enjoyed a great evening full of laughter, drinks, and conversation. This was the first time Thomas felt this happy after what happened. He decided to go to a bar to forget his problems, but he did not have high hopes that it would be such a great night for him.
They were the last people at the bar. When the clock struck 2 o’clock, it was time for them to leave since the bar was closing. Once they got outside, Angela told Thomas something that he did not expect. When they were on the sidewalk, she looked him straight in the eye and asked, “Will you come home with me? I live around the corner.”
There was no hesitation in the way he responded. After all, he knew just what to do here. Thomas and Angela walked to her house hand in hand. It was the start of something new for these two. It was not the first story we have ever heard of couples experiencing a rollercoaster of emotion. Wait until you hear about the story of Katie Hill and Jeremy Musser!
The Beginning of Something Special
A lot of couples meet by chance in the same way that Thomas and Angela did. However, others meet when they go to the same school. There is a good chance that you had significant others during your school days too. This was the case for Jeremy and Katie. Four years ago, the two first met when they were going to the same college. In those days, Katie knew that there was something special between them. She wanted to see where it will go with this guy!
Reciprocation of Feelings
Jeremy felt a spark between them that he just could not ignore. He returned the feelings Katie had for him, so he eventually started to court her. In a matter of two months, their relationship would turn into something more serious. However, there was a rather unorthodox detail about the relationship they shared. We bet that you have no idea what we are talking about!
A Challenge In The Relationship
They were unlike other couples out there in the sense that Jeremy has recently become a dad. He was the father of the child he had with a woman he used to date. Do not worry, he was no longer involved with his ex-girlfriend Casey. Even so, he was aware that it was only right for him to stay present in her life and co-parent his son with her. This must have made his relationship with Katie more complicated.
Even More Complications
Casey also had a complication about the way things turned out. Who can blame her for feeling hurt and abandoned when the baby daddy did not want to stay in a relationship? She actually felt resentment when she found out that he found someone straight away. Casey was not comfortable with the thought of a different woman raising the son they welcomed together. After considering all of these things, it is clear that Katie had big shoes to fill!
Starting On The Wrong Foot
Things like this can, of course, get complicated. Still, Katie had admired little Landon right from the start. Even though she loved and adored him, she was worried about how Casey would feel. At that point, she and Jeremy had already been together for more than a year. There was no doubt that he was the one for her. This was the reason she decided to improve her relationship with Landon’s mother.
Extending An Olive Branch
It was pretty risky for Katie to try and befriend Casey, who was the baby’s mother and her boyfriend’s ex. It would only take one wrong move to cause huge consequences for all the parties involved in this situation. At the start, Casey had her walls up. However, the two of them ended up spending some time together and discussing things after Katie insisted. While it was probably weird for them both, they would end up getting along just fine.
A Wonderful Friendship
We are glad to hear that they started to truly enjoy the company of the other woman later on. In fact, they succeeded in putting all ill feelings aside! They tried bonding for the sake of Landon, but everything changed once they realized that there were a lot of things they had in common. In one interview, Casey explained their friendship by saying, “We bonded on so many more levels than just Landon.”
Enemies To Friends
Not long after that, Casey and Katie became very good friends. They had shared interests and a similar outlook in life. It came as a surprise that they had a lot of things in common! Casey was able to forget any feelings of resentment and got married to a man called Tyler. As for the other couple, Jeremy himself had plans to go down on his knee and ask Katie to marry him!
A Big Step
Jeremy and Katie had been going out for over a year by then. It was high time that they formalized this in a ceremony. After he asked her to marry him, Katie was not hesitant at all about telling him yes! She had been looking forward to this for some time already. Things were finally coming into place. Even though she was glad that it happened, she was self-conscious and anxious about it as well.
Becoming A Stepmother
Katie felt happy that she was finally going to tie the knot with Jeremy. This also meant that she was going to be Landon’s stepmom. She was worried about that part since she had fears that she would not get this right. It was a huge role, and she had no idea if she was up to the challenge of raising this boy. The upcoming marriage was different in that she was going to start a new chapter not with just one person but two!
As soon as she agreed to his proposal, Katie knew that it would mean formally becoming a family together. This would also involve her friend Casey in a way. Aside from becoming the wife of Jeremy and stepmom of Landon, Katie was also going to be a co-parent alongside Tyler and Casey. Even though this did not sound ideal, there was nothing they could do about it. Katie later found out that it was scary to become a parent!
Coming Up With A Plan
Katie was suffering from nerves about everything, mostly because she wanted little Landon to have a loving environment to grow in. She did not know if she could handle the disagreements and tension bound to come from this arrangement. It was the first time she would have a kid, and she was unsure if she would make a good parent. She wanted to be a good mother to him. Soon, she had a great idea that might work for everyone involved in the situation.
Writing The Vows
She planned everything in several weeks. Soon enough, it was time for her and Jeremy to tie the knot. It was a lovely day, and Katie was aware that everything was about to change for good. When she was writing down the vows, she took it very seriously. After all, it was not just about getting married to the man of her dreams. It would also mean that she and Landon would have a different relationship!
A Moment of Reflection
Katie was aware that she was going to raise this young boy with three more individuals. It was not going to be easy, and she was already nervous about her own parenting skills. After all, she had absolutely no experience in this field. It would be her first time to do such a thing, but she was willing to give it her all. She loved Landon a lot, so she wanted to be a good mother to him.
An Unexpected Decision
Katie realized that there was one more thing she had to do for the wedding. She did not originally send an invitation to a certain person, although everyone understood why she would not have invited them. Despite this, she changed her mind and plans. “Then I realized I’m missing something, the piece that helped shape me and Jeremy’s relationship and helped us both grow up,” Katie said. “I needed Casey to know how thankful I am to her.”
A Secret Agenda
Katie wanted Casey and Tyler to be there at the wedding, so this bride sent them an invitation! With the wedding day approaching, she felt even more certain that it was the right thing to do. She felt satisfied with this decision of hers. Apart from that, there was another surprise that she had in store for everyone. Even Jeremy did not know about it. What could it be that this bride had up her sleeve?
The Big Day
At long last, it was the big day. Katie and Jeremy would finally tie the knot. The two of them would become officially man and wife! Everyone was relieved and happy at how amazing the ceremony looked. The decorations, the guests, and the couple were all lovely. The wedding went on smoothly, and everyone in attendance was glad to see that it was the case. Once it started, the guests all anticipated the exchange of vows.
Not Facing The Groom
Katie was the first one. However, she managed to surprise everyone since she had not been looking at Jeremy when she did so! Yes, it appeared that she was directing them to someone apart from the groom. What exactly was she doing? Katie stepped back so that she could face everyone sitting down. Everyone was confused about what was going on. All their loved ones in attendance were understandably puzzled and even a bit alarmed at the way things were going…
The bride should have already started her recital of vows, but she did something weird instead. The minister of the wedding ceremony handed her a piece of paper. With the microphone, he made an announcement: “To start their vows, I’d like to invite Tyler and Casey Bender to stand.” What was going on here? Why would Katie ask Casey and Tyler to join them up there? This was not common at all!
Passing On The Mic
When everyone heard the minister make the announcement, the guests all turned to look at the back. They watched as Landon’s mom and stepdad get up and make their way to the stand. Everyone was in shock and wondering what was going on. We are sure that even you would have reacted in the same way if you were there. When the couple finally arrived by the side of the bride and groom, the minister gave Katie the mic.
They all stayed glued to the seats as they listened to what the bride wanted to say. Katie began, “First I want to thank you for accepting me as your friend and allowing me to be a part of Landon’s life.” She then went on, “I promise to be an amazing mother to your son. I will guide, teach, and love him every single day.” Yes, she was directing this message to Landon as well as his birth mom!
Not Yet Finished
It was finally starting to become clear. The guests were all speechless at the way things were turning out. Of course, everyone could not help but get emotional. The wedding guests were all teary-eyed, but that was not the end of it just yet. Katie had more things she wanted to say, and it was clear that she thought long and hard about this moment. She went on with her speech, which did not only concern how she planned to look after Landon.
Respect and Communication
She kept going with her speech by discussing the things that she wanted to share with Jeremy, Tyler, and Casey. “And I promise to respect, work, listen, and communicate together as co-parents. I will love you guys no matter what comes our way. We are one family, always,” she said. Katie wanted these three individuals to understand that she hoped to be a great parent so that they could all raise the amazing little boy with each other.
More To Say
Her speech was able to move everyone present at the wedding. Some people even started to cry! Her speech was so touching that there were loud sniffles from various parts of the room. Yes, it was that powerful. The guests could not believe just how devoted she at becoming a good parent to Landon. What else did the bride have to say? It turned out that she wanted to talk to someone else. We are not talking about the groom either.
When Katie was done with her vows, the minister then asked Landon to come up! The bride bent down so that she could look him right in the eye. “Landon,” she said as she took his hand, “I love you more than you will ever know. I’ve had the privilege of knowing you since the beginning.” While everyone already felt quite emotional at that point, this part ended up becoming the most powerful part of it all.
A Room Full Of Tears
Katie revealed what she felt about the situation by talking about the love she had for Landon. “I’ve loved watching you grow and I will for the rest of my life. I’m so happy that now I officially get to be your bonus mom,” the bride told the little boy. Landon had been watching her the entire time. The guests felt moved by this exchange. Katie herself had to back her tears as she expressed what she was feeling.
Wife And Stepmother
She wanted to talk about what she wanted to do for Landon. Katie said, “I promise to love daddy with all my heart. I promise to be a best friend to mommy and your daddy Tyler. We will be one big family that I promise you will have for the rest of your life.” It was clear that Katie was dedicated in her quest to be a good stepmom. Everyone saw that she was taking the task of being a good role model to him seriously.
More Than Two People In The Relationship
After Katie was done telling Landon everything she wanted to say, she wrapped the little boy in a huge hug and got up. Jeremy and Katie then started the actual exchange of vows. Finally, they were officially married! The ceremony did more to unite them in an official capacity. It connected them with Casey and Tyler as well! This was one event that ended up giving long-term impacts on the lives of many people.
A Boy And Four Parents
When the ladies first learned about each other, they did not ever think that they would ever have a sisterly bond. “At the time, I thought we would be able to be cordial and co-parent. Never in a million years did I think she and I would be the very best of friends,” revealed Casey. In the end, she was able to verify that she had a close relationship with Katie, the new wife of the father of her son.
Hashtag Family Goals
However, the best was actually yet to come for the entire group. It turned out to be a win-win situation for little Landon. Among other things, he would get to grow up with two pairs of amazing parents. While it is true that storybooks always make stepmoms and stepdads out to be villains, it was certainly not the case here. They made up one big family and all looked after one another. If you ask us, this is the true definition of family goals! Families are always complicated, but there are some things you can do to improve the relationships you have with your loved ones. Here are five things that you should try!
Regular Family Nights
As the kids get older over the years, it would get harder to find time to spend together. They might start out as needy babies, but they would become independent individuals in no time at all. With work, hobbies, school, and rest, it can be a pain to find family time. This is the reason that you must pick a time to just get together. It would be a good idea to put away digital gadgets so that you can all focus on one another during this precious sliver of time. A picnic or board game will make it even more fun!
Dinnertime With Everyone
The dinner table is another great avenue to catch up with one another. Great food is definitely going to bring everyone close, no doubt about it. We all like good food, after all. When you are at the dining table, simply serve a nice meal and enjoy the atmosphere. After all, there is no better way to end the night than with the people that you love best.
Devotion Time Together
Fair enough, not all of us is religious. However, a family with the same religion can use their faith to keep the family strong and happy. Devotion time is a good way to strengthen the faith and beliefs of everyone in the family. This can teach the little ones some valuable life lessons and turn them into well-rounded people. When done right, religion and spirituality will do great for their personal development.
Scheduled Date Nights
Even when you are busy, it would be a good idea to set aside a date night for you and your partner. The kids might not be a part of the plan, but the quality time will the relationship between you and your partner will do wonders for everyone. Ultimately, it will benefit the whole family since you will be able to solve certain problems. The entire family, particularly the kids, depends on how things are going between the parents. Problems that stay unresolved will only have a negative impact on the children.
Volunteering As A Family
This might sound like a rather unorthodox idea, but you will be surprised by how much it can help the family! You should find a cause that all the family members care about. It should be something that goes with everyone’s value and belief systems. You cannot go wrong with helping orphanages and outreaches. It is also a good way to teach the children to lend a hand and appreciate their situation. Of course, even the older ones will earn a new life perspective from exercising generosity and altruism.