The Holidays, Country Style
Blending families can be a long and emotional process, but Amy and Vince made it work. In her book Mosaic, Amy recalls the conversation in which she and Vince's daughter Jenny came to terms with their new relationship. "Slowly, awkwardly, we outlined a kind of truce between us. What she could tolerate. What we were willing to accept in each other," Amy writes. "Over the years, little by little, meal by meal, birthday by birthday, phone call by phone call, Christmas by Christmas, card game by card game, trip by trip, movie by movie, conversation by conversation, we became family."
Jenny says the transition from being an only child to having four siblings was a little weird at first, but not for long. "They welcomed me with open arms. We all get along so great," she says. "Through the years, we got to know each other really well, and we have a blast."
With the schedules of seven busy people to contend with, Amy and Vince say they look forward to spending their holidays together. "What I love about this time of year is that you stop. You slow down," Vince says.