In 2004, Tonya was a single mother in graduate school and the new director of a daycare. She hadn’t gotten to know all of the students and parents yet. One day a teacher asked Tonya if she could assist with an unruly child who was hiding beneath a table. When Tonya went to get him out, he kicked her. When she put her hand on him, he bit her. Needless to say, Tonya ended up calling this boy’s father (who had three kids at the daycare). Tonya’s son was also in this group with the unruly child, so Tonya asked if he’d been playing with the boy. Her son said, “No way.”
The following day, Eddy (the single father) calls the daycare and asks Tonya if her son would like to come for a playdate with his twins. Tonya didn’t know what to do. A playdate with the “bad” kid?
Fast forward six months later and Tonya’s son and Eddy’s twins have become best friends. Tonya was depressed from her divorce and Eddy refused to let her lay around and feel sorry for herself when her son was visiting her dad every other weekend. Eddy would call to check on her, he and his boys would surprise her with ice cream or coffee to cheer her up. Slowly they began to spend more time together as their boys played.
Finally in 2006, Eddy asked Tonya out officially. For an entire year, Eddy would leave a cup of coffee and a hand-written note on Tonya’s porch. The two never looked back and blended their families.
The same year of the wedding, Eddy encouraged Tonya to pursue her goal of becoming an author. He continues to support her today and she is a full-time, best-selling author. The boys are now 21, twins 17 and 15. This blended family has certainly found their happily ever after, proving hard work and true love can overcome any obstacles.