Thank you, everyone. I feel a little strange with all this attention, but it's very flattering.
I am definitely old enough, lol. I'll be 56, Dec 25. I've always looked younger, though. I didn't like it when I was a teenager and in my 20s and people thought I was a kid, and you always want to look at least your age. Then, because Jacqueline's eyes are so blue, and we look so different, they assumed I was the nanny. No, no, she's mine! But now, of course, I am grateful.
Yes, Ali, my hair is curly. When I was a kid and teenager, I straightened it. There were no products, it wasn't in style, and as soon as it was the slightest bit damp, it would frizz. Then I discovered my hairdresser when I was 19, and he showed me how to wear it curly, and I've never straightened it since.
Allan and I have been married 21 years, together 23. Jacqueline and Lisa are not his biological daughters, though he's been in their lives since Lisa was a year. My ex (A**hole) was off with his girlfriend when Lisa was eight months old, and Jacqueline was 2. And I had quit my job to be a stay at home mom. It was a horrible time, but my parents and my brother were there for me. The girls haven't seen their biological father since they were little.
I found an amazing therapist and joined a support group to help you get through divorce. Well, it helped me, all right, I met Allan. His mother had dragged him (he would never join a support group on his own, but they were both going through a divorce - so he was dealing with it from his wife leaving and his parents splitting) and we've been together ever since.
My parents were so upset with me, a new relationship so fast, what about the girls, etc., but I never felt about anyone the way I felt about him. It was so weird because I had such a strong feeling that I knew him from before, but we had never met. Yet it was so intense. And I knew that we'd be together from the first night we met.
Susy, Jacqueline has blue eyes, and Lisa's are brown-green. People used to think I was the nanny when she was born because we look so different, and I was like, no, no, I'm the mother!
Here's a baby pic with Jacqueline and me. I was 29 when she was born, and, well . . . old enough!
And Baz, thank you for your kind words, and while I love the States and Americans, I am actually Canadian. I live an hour away from Toronto.
And here they are, my girls, all grown up.