Grieving Widow Is Incredibly Grateful To New Boyfriend For Showing Her Daughters Unconditional Love
February 28, 2018 13:52 By Mambee
When 31-year-old Caroline Stephensen lost her beloved husband, she never imagined that she would, one day, find someone who would heal her heart and bring joy to her life again. She recently shared her story with LoveWhatMatters.
On April 16th, 2016, Caroline's world was shaken to its very core when her husband, Shayne, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. She went from knowing exactly how her life would go to "looking down the empty barrel of my unknown future."
She went from being a happy wife and mother to being catapulted to widowhood and becoming a single mother to their two daughters, Audrey and Brooklyn.
Six months after Shayne died, Caroline was determined to focus on the positive and embrace life. It was around this time that she met a man named Jessep.
He found me through a hashtag on Instagram six months into my widow walk. I wasn’t in the state of mind to entertain ideas of beginning any romantic relationship. He was just another random “follower” on my social.
Then on Valentines Day last year, she was nudged by a friend to give Jessep her number. At the time, she never really thought anything would come of it. However, after some time, they made plans to meet up. Caroline agreed to this as a way to test the waters and try to go out on a date again.
They met a couple of times afterward but in May, Jessep's family faced their own tragedy. His son, Maddax's mother died suddenly. This was the point Caroline knew she had to be there for them and was sure that their paths were destined to cross.
She helped this father and son in a way that she was also helped when she was dealing with something similar.
It did not take long for their bond to become something more. Just like Caroline was there for Maddax, Jessep also completely accepted her girls. To Audrey and Brooklyn, he was 'Daddy Jessep.'
Even as the children worked through their loss, they found solace in the new family that was coming together. Caroline struggled with having to explain, again and again, to her daughters that their daddy was not coming back. But through it all, Jessep was there.
He has taken it all in and loves big in his own miraculous way.
Jessep attended daddy-daughter events and even though he could not completely fill the hole that Shayne left, he gave this family many reasons to be grateful that they were not going it all alone.
In turn, Caroline formed a strong bond with Maddax. While he dealt with his own grief, she was there to offer comfort and love.
They (Jessep and Maddax) have given my heart permission to let go of pain, and love further. Go further with my love I didn’t think would be possible.
Now the family is embracing each day and grateful for every moment. They do not take anything for granted and they appreciate one another in the most beautiful way.