My husband Doug and I were married in March 2008 and the past seven years have been insanely crazy and amazing, all at the same time.

When we married, I had three children of my own: two teenage boys and one preteen daughter. Doug had two daughters: one the same age as my daughter and another just slightly younger.

The merging of our families was one of the most difficult experiences of my life. After many challenges and some help from a counselor, we made it work. Now, I can say that seven years later we really do have the perfect family. Our children are healthy, happy and well balanced, and they all love each other as though they have been family forever.

As if merging two small families into a large one was not enough of a challenge, Doug and I also decided that I would quit my job and start a company of our own. And to add to that insanity, the economy crashed just two months after we launched Akers Media Group. This was again by far one of the most difficult experiences of my life. We had ups and downs and encountered many struggles, but failure was certainly not an option, so again we made it work. In fact, we didn’t just make it work, we made it great. Akers Media has been recognized with a multitude of awards, has grown rapidly and Inc. magazine named us one of the fastest-growing media companies in the country.

After seven years of marriage, merging a family and creating a successful business, some might wonder, “What next?” Yes, there is a something next. I am happy to share that last month we decided to introduce a new man into our lives.

I have only known him for a short time, but I can honestly say he is already one of the greatest loves of my life. I bet now you are scratching your head, saying, “Oh no, did she get the seven-year itch and is cheating on Doug?” Of course not. I have given my heart to another man, but it is not another lover. It is to our son, Connor Douglas Akers. Last month, Doug and I adopted a baby boy, born Feb. 5.

connor-1I am certain our decision will turn out just like the other experiences we have shared: we will experience challenges, hardships, heartaches, exhaustion and other difficulties, but I am also certain that raising this child with Doug by my side will no doubt be the most rewarding experience yet.

I am looking forward to the next seven years of marital bliss. God only knows what will come next.

P.S. To my loving husband Doug, happy anniversary! I cannot imagine life any other way, with any other person. I love you.

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