One Tragic Event Derailed the Briney Family
So many people have been asking us why we aren’t going to be on Season 2 of TLC’s Seeking Sister Wife. Originally we were going to be but TLC pulled us at the last minute – literally a month before the season premiere. We filmed the whole season, but no one could have guessed the traumatic experience our family would have and try to recover from while filming Season 2. So besides the network feeling bound by HIPAA Laws, our story was simply too heavy, with too much controversy and we don’t blame them.
April Briney Left Our Family
Without getting into many details here, simply put, April left our family and took Drew’s and her children out of state (back to Utah) under the pretext of taking them for a local hike not far from our Oregon home. She never came back. Nor would she accept any communication for the first month or so. This happened the first week of filming (on film, actually). The grief and heartache those of us left behind have been experiencing has been excruciating.
It would be many months before we could even have open communication with any of the children and seven months before we would even get to see them. She left on May 26th, Lenny’s 1st and Laurelei’s 12th birthdays, right after their birthday party. We didn’t see the kids she took until December 21st.
Heavy stuff, right? So we were dealing with our outrage and grief during the whole season of filming. We were left in the dark as to what her plans were and had many questions in our minds. To be filmed during this time was very hard on the one hand and very therapeutic on the other.
“The network had a very unique opportunity to tell a story that’s never been told before…”
The network had a very unique opportunity to tell a story that’s never been told before – that of the family left behind when a plural wife leaves. But again, we agree that this heavy of a story was not a good fit for this platform. The story of those who leave has been told many times, but we often don’t consider how the remaining family deals with that grief and how they try to move on in life.
In any case, at the end of the day our story was a far cry from the intention of the show (although we did meet and date a beautiful lady during that time that we adore who was like a breath of fresh air in the midst of our crisis).
We have heard through mutual friends and acquaintances some of the accusations that April is making, which are not only false, but sad to hear. The lifestyle and family she defended so fervently in the past of her own free will and choice, she now claims victim of. We’ll leave it at that.
Though she clearly has caused so much pain for our family, we wish her the best and are hopeful she will find the healing she needs. We know that the mentally stable April would not have done the things that she’s done.
The Brineys Move Again
That behind us, what we would like to do is update you about more positive aspects of our lives since last season.
Firstly, we moved yet again from the Portland area to Southern Oregon. We live in a gorgeous forest on five acres. It’s very remote and it’s just what we needed, like a healing oasis away from everyone and everything to recover and regroup. We have no neighbors in sight, but kindly people close by who welcomed us with cookies and warm acceptance.
What Drew Briney is up to Now
As you know, Drew is career-transitioning from his law firm to being a full time author. He has since released his fantasy novel Unproven, which is getting rave reviews (even by me, who is not particularly a fan of that genre)! He also released a science fiction novella called Assassin Hunter, wrote a kick ass screenplay, and has two audiobooks in production. Be sure to check them all out on Amazon! He’s got several irons in the fire with more books and has been working hard on his marketing skills and recently decided to look for an agent.
What Auralee Briney is up to Now
Auralee continues to be the domestic goddess of the house and ensures great care of the children while homeschooling. She continues doing voice lessons and has ventured out into learning about marketing to help both Drew and I with our respective businesses.
She’s been teaching the children about business and passive income through their current favorite game Cashflow by Robert Kiosaki. Auralee’s three oldest have also learned to program this year through Khan Academy, making cute animated emojis and even their very own video games! It’s exciting to watch their growth and capacities enlarge and take so much pleasure in the things they are learning. Auralee is an inspiring and diligent mom.
What Angela Briney is up to Now
I launched my dream business, Lenny & Me: simple, mindful ways to baby. We offer Certified Organic clothing for babies and toddlers, as well as nontoxic toys, gear, and books. It’s been a joy to have a place for mamas to come to and feel secure knowing that everything we offer is totally safe for their little ones (not to mention luxurious!). Shortly, I’ll also be putting more energy into the Lenny & Me Community for people to give, receive, and share their experiences with other mindful mamas. Together, we can empower each other to be the moms we’ve always wanted to be by identifying and living our values.
Lenny is almost 20-months-old! He’s as charming as ever and enjoying his newfound independence as he gets more and more comfortable wandering away from mama. Oh, it’s bittersweet, isn’t it? Celebrating every advancement while mourning the loss of the previous stage. He is my heart and soul. After such a long wait to be a mama, motherhood certainly doesn’t disappoint. Soon I’ll share his birth story with you.
The Briney Kids in Utah
The kids in Utah mostly seem to be adjusting relatively well to their new life without the other half of their family. The oldest four are all in public school now and are enjoying the social aspects of it. Jasher is making great strides in his photography skills. Jacob is killing it in wrestling. Brielle is enjoying color guard. Jocelyn loves all her new friends. Kyra and Keilana (she doesn’t want to go by Tiny anymore!) like being home with their mama.
For now friends, we leave you with this…
Every trial is an opportunity for growth. This mortal experience is meant to refine us and there is no refinement without fire. A diamond simply cannot exist were it not for the high temperatures and extreme pressure in the earth’s mantle. When we don’t bend, we break, so be fluid like water. Be present and mindful and ask at every turn what God is trying to teach you. We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can always control our response. And that, my friends, is where true power lies.
Thank you for your kind thoughts, well-wishes, and sentiments of wishing we were returning to Seeking Sister Wife. We realize that what we shared in this post is just a snippet overview and summary of what’s gone on in our lives. Perhaps we’ll be able to tell our story another way. Stay posted and keep in touch.
God bless <3,
Angela, Drew, and Auralee
P. S. Another great way to stay in touch is through our social media accounts!