Someone’s wedding day is most likely one of the most important days of their life, so it’s very important to plan a lot beforehand. One of the first things that most people want to plan is their guest list; the couple, of course, wants to be surrounded by people who love them and care about them on their special day. On this couple’s wedding day, the bride invited a surprise guest and did not tell the groom about it. It took quite a surprising turn at the end…
The Beginning of Something Special
It’s not uncommon for a couple getting married to have first met one another while they were in college. This was the exact case when it came to Jeremy Musser and Katie Hill’s relationship. They met four years ago when they were students at the same university studying for their undergrad degree. Katie knew right from the start that the two had an amazing connection, and she wanted to see where the relationship would take them.
Reciprocation of Feelings
Jeremy also felt that the two shared a strong connection, and he also wanted to explore the relationship. In just two months, their relationship turned into something real and serious. Even so, there was something pretty uncommon going on between the two. What could it be?
A Challenge In The Relationship
Unlike many young, college-aged couples, Jeremy had a newborn baby to take care of. By the time he met Katie, he was no longer in a relationship with Casey, the mother of his child, so it wasn’t like he was cheating on her. Still, it was uncomfortable sometimes for Katie. Of course, Casey had to be in Jeremy’s life because of their son.
Even More Complications
What made things even more complicated for Jeremy was that Casey felt heartbroken by the fact that her child’s father did not want to be romantically involved with her anymore. She actually felt a bit of hatred toward Jeremy for the fact that he was able to move on from her so easily. Understandably, Casey did not feel so comfortable with a woman who she did not know coming into her son’s life and helping to raise him. Katie had some big shoes to fill as the “stepmom.”
Starting On The Wrong Foot
Things like this can get tricky very quickly. Even so, Katie didn’t let the complications get in the way; she loved Landon from the first time she met him. Even though she loved Landon, she constantly felt uneasy about her relationship with his mom, Casey. Katie and Jeremy had already been together for over a year and she was sure he was the person she wanted to spend her life with, so she made a real effort to get to know Casey more.
Extending An Olive Branch
Though it was pretty risky, Katie still tried to befriend Casey. She knew there could be big repurcussions if she did this, but she still wanted to. If she said or did something wrong, there could be a lot of backlash for everyone. At first, Casey kept her distance from Katie because she was unsure of her intentions, but Katie was persistent, so eventually the two got together to get to know one another. Though it was weird at first, eventually the two got closer and developed a relationship.
A Wonderful Friendship
Katie and Casey started getting closer, and eventually they decided to forget any negative feelings they may have had toward one another. At first they wanted to get to know each other for Landon’s sake, but once they realized they actually had plenty of things in common, they really started to develop a real friendship. Casey even once said about Katie, “We bonded on so many more levels than just Landon.”
Enemies To Friends
It wasn’t long before the two developed a close friendship, one that made them see that they shared many opinions and views on life. Casey let go of her harsh feelings toward Katie and even toward Jeremy; she even went on to marry a man named Tyler a few years later. Little did either of them know, but Jeremy was about to propose to Katie!
A Big Step
Katie and Jeremy had been dating for well over a year, and it was time for them to make it official by tying the knot together. When he did propose, Katie didn’t even hesistate for a second before saying yes to him. She dreamt of this moment since the day she met him, and she couldn’t believe it finally happened. Even though she was feeling over the moon, she was also feeling a bit self-conscious about it.
Becoming A Stepmother
Katie was ecstatic that she was officially going to be Jeremy’s wife soon, but that also meant that she was about to become a stepmom! She knew that it was a big and important role, and she wanted to do it well. Katie knew that she had huge shoes to fill, as Landon also had a loving and amazing mom, and she wasn’t sure if she could live up to the expectations. She wasn’t just agreeing to have Jeremy in her life forever, but Landon as well.
When Katie accepted Jeremy’s proposal, the countdown to her becoming a member of the family had begun. Not only was she was going to be Jeremy’s wife, Landon’s stepmom, but she was also about to become a co-parent alongside Casey, Tyler, and Jeremy. Katie was excited, but she was also absolutely terrified.
Coming Up With A Plan
Katie wanted to make sure that Landon would grow up in a loving home, and she felt nervous that she would fail somehow. She was scared that somehow there would be fighting and disagreeing with the way he’d be raised, and she didn’t think she could handle it. She never doubted that she would one day be a good parent until she was faced with it head-on. After a lot of thinkng, she came up with an idea she thought could be helpful for her.
Writing The Vows
After a long time of planning, it was time for the two lovebirds to get married. Katie couldn’t be more excited to get married to Jeremy, and when it was time for her to sit down and write her vows, she knew it was something she needed to take seriously. She wasn’t only vowing to love Jeremy, but Landon as well.
A Moment of Reflection
Katie was well aware of the fact that when she and Jeremy were officially married she would become a parent alongside three other people. Katie had never had experience parenting a child before, so she was a bit nervous of her skills. She loved Landon and wanted him to have the best life, so she was going to do her best to be a good parent for his sake.
An Unexpected Decision
Shortly before the wedding, Katie realized she was leaving someone out of their guest list. There was one person who did not receive an invitation at first, which people were understanding of, but Katie decided she needed to be there. Despite how some people may feel, Katie invited this person anyway: “I realized I’m missing something, the piece that helped shape me and Jeremy’s relationship and helped us both grow up,” she said. “I needed Casey to know how thankful I am to her.”
A Secret Agenda
Katie made the executive decision that Casey and Tyler needed to be invited to her wedding, so she sent them an invitation. After she sent it out and as the wedding got closer, Katie had no regrets about inviting them. On top of the fact that Jeremy did not know that Casey and Tyler were invited, Katie also had another surprise for her groom. What could it be?
The Big Day
At long last, Katie and Jeremy’s special day was here. The ceremony could not have looked more beautiful if they tried. The bride, bridesmaids, groom, groomsmen, and guests were all dressed to perfection and everything looked perfect. There were absolutely no issues during the wedding, and when it became time to exchange vows, all of the guests couldn’t wait to hear what the pair had to say.
Not Facing The Groom
Katie read her vows first, and everyone was quite confused when she turned to face someone who wasn’t the groom. She was looking at someone next to Jeremy, but people weren’t sure what was going on. All of a sudden, Katie took a step and started facing the guests sitting in their seats. Nobody knew what was happening, and some guests were actually getting a bit concerned.
When it got to the point where Katie should have been reading her vows, something odd happened instead. The officiant for the wedding handed Katie a piece of paper and a microphone, and she spoke right into it, “To start the vows, I’d like to invite Tyler and Casey Bender to stand.” Why would Casey and Tyler be asked to participate in Katie and Jeremy’s wedding?
Passing On The Mic
When this announcement was made, every guest turned around to the back of the church to look at the couple standing up. Everyone sat in amazement as Casey and Tyler started walking toward the front. Everyone was confused by what was going on, and we bet you’d feel the same way in this situation! When they came to stand next to Katie and Jeremy, Katie started speaking.
Everyone’s attention was directed toward the bride, and everyone was so intrigued by what she was about to say. “First I want to thank you for accepting me as your friend and allowing me to be a part of Landon’s life,” Katie continued, “I promise to be an amazing mother to your son. I will guide, teach, and love him every single day.” She spoke to Landon and Casey during her vows!
Not Yet Finished
All of the guests were left with no words in their mouths with what was happening. Saying that everyone was emotional here would be a total understatement. Everyone in the crowd was already emotional, but Katie wasn’t even close to being finished. She had a well-written speech, and you could easily tell that she put a lot of effort into these vows. She continued her speech, but started talking about things other than Landon.
Respect and Communication
She started talking about all of the things she hoped to be able to share with her co-parents: “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 bravely. Katie hoped that all of them understood how much she cared and wanted to give parenting Landon her very best effort.
More To Say
Katie’s speech brought everyone to tears in the best way possible. Her speech touched the heart of every person sitting in that room. Everyone was beyond impressed with Katie’s thoughts on taking on this huge role of parnting Landon. Katie still wasn’t finished with her speech; there was one last person she wanted to talk to, and no, it wasn’t Jeremy!
When she finished her speech to the adults, the minister called Landon to come up to the front by Katie. She got down to his level and grabbed his hands. “Landon,” she said emotionally, “I love you more than you will ever know. I’ve had the privilege of knowing you since the beginning.” While everyone was already in tears, this just made everyone even more emotional!
A Room Full Of Tears
In Katie’s speech, she said over and over again in many different ways how much she loved and cared 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,” she said. Landon listened intently to everything she was saying to him, and Katie herself was trying to hold back tears while she was giving this speech.
Wife And Stepmother
She attempted to make it as clear as possibly how hard she’ll work for him. She 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 going to put her best effort into this. Even more, everyone could see how dedicated she was to making co-parenting work with a child who would now have four parents.
More Than Two People In The Relationship
When Katie was finished pouring her heart out to Landon, she gave him a huge hug before she stood back up, and then she and Jeremy exchanged their vows with one another. Finally the couple was officially married! This official ceremony not only tied them together, but tied them together with three other people as well. Katie and Jeremy were officially husband and wife, something that meant forever.
A Boy And Four Parents
When Katie and Casey first found out about one another, there was no part of either of their brains that thought they’d ever be friends, let alone have such a close relationship to consider each other family. “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,” Casey admitted. She proudly said that she had an amazing relationship with her son’s stepmom.
Hashtag Family Goals
This was only the beginning of a great life for the family, though. Landon ended up getting to live in an ideal situation growing up with two mommies and two daddies, and it worked out perfectly. It’s no secret that having step-parents can sometimes be horrible, but this was certainly not the case for Landon at all. They were all very tight-knit and made sure to always take care of one another. They were, as young people these days would say, family goals. Here are some ways you can spend time with your family to make sure you all have a great relationship…
Regular Family Nights
It’s no secret that as your kids grow up it gets more difficult to find time to spend with the whole family. It can sure be difficult to find time to spend with each other when everyone has different work, school, and extracurriciular schedules. Because of this, it’s important to try to set aside time each week to spend time together. Having game night or movie night, something without phones or laptops in front of everyone, can really improve the family dynamic.
Dinnertime With Everyone
One of the best ways to have quality time together is to eat dinner as a family. Food can bring everyone closer, especially families. When everyone is sitting around the table eating dinner together, it’s easy to create a loving atmosphere and create a good environment. You never know, dinnertime may become your family’s favorite time to spend together.
Devotion Time Together
This doesn’t apply to every family, but if your family is one who enjoys praying, this could be a great time to spend all together. Praying together as a family can be a great way for young kids to learn valuable life lessons and be able to ask questions in a safe environment. Religion and spirituality can really help shape kids into becoming amazing individuals.
Scheduled Date Nights
Spending time together is not only for the entire family, but for you and your significant other alone, as well. Spending alone time with your partner will help keep the spark alive and maintain a happy and healthy relationship. Date nights with your partner will benefit the entire family at the end of the day, because the line of communication will always be open and available. If you and your partner are having problems, it will also affect your kids, so keeping a healthy relationship is important.
Volunteering As A Family
You’d be surprised by how much volunteering with the entire family can improve the relationship between everyone. Volunteer somewhere that means something to everyone in the family; somewhere where everyone can get involved and feel like they’ve done something good once they’re finished. Volunteering at an orphanage or at a food pantry can be some great options. This is an amazing way to teach your kids valuable life lessons while all spending some time together.