I met my wife, Markeda, in the fall of 2003. I was a single mother and my daughters were eight, five, and four years of age. I’d like to say the girls took to Markeda with ease but in the early years, we faced issues common to most blended families.
Markeda and I had to learn how to co-parent. She had to learn how to become a parent; a figure of authority and nurturer; a teacher of morals and values; a giver of guidance and cues for self-sufficiency. I had to learn to share these duties with her… We soon grew into these roles and the girls grew to not only respect Markeda but to love her as a parent.
In July of 2006 we had a commitment ceremony and in August 2008 Markeda legally adopted the girls through a second parent adoption. Today, Markeda affectionately calls our daughters her ladybugs and they call her Mama; and when one of the the girls are walking around with just one sock on or breaks out in a “random act of dancing”, which Markeda does often, I know that they are indeed her daughters…DNA NOT REQUIRED®.
~ Markiesha is an Artist/Photographer in Atlanta, Georgia.