A mum and dad who have proudly created the perfect blended family by combining eight children from previous relationships and adding two more together, put their happiness down to accepting a life of “beautiful chaos.”
When Tracee Simpson, 32, met weapons disposal expert Justin Schaeffer, 38, in 2015, through mutual friends, she already had six children - Delilah, 12, Beau, 11, Scarlett, nine, Wyatt, seven, and twins Rhett and Rhiggs, six - from a previous relationship.
Already dad to Ryan, 10, and Scarlett, seven, who lived with him, in November 2015, knowing they wanted to be together forever, Justin was delighted to combine their families under one roof in Yuma, Arizona, USA.
Brand promoter Tracee loved their big, happy family so much that she then had two more children with Justin - Remy, four, and Austin, 18 months – boosting their blended brood to 10.
But she says being part of a clan of 12 and birth mother to eight children was never her plan, adding: "Quite honestly I never expected to have a big family - let alone 10 kids.
"I'm so thrilled it ended up this way, though, our previous relationships didn’t work out, but now Justin and I couldn’t be happier."