“Anyone Can Be A Father But It Takes A Real Man To Be A Dad”
Hi friends! Today I want to share something very personal and close to my heart. Some of you may have heard this story before, but I want to share this story with you because I think it will help paint the picture of my family dynamic a little better and because it a huge reason why I am the person I am today. I also want to share about how hard situations are almost always the biggest blessings in disguise.
When I was very young, my parents divorced. My mom later remarried my step-dad, whom I call “dad”, as he has been the one to raise me. I remember being extremely upset and devastated that I basically lost my real dad through the divorce. I mean divorce is never easy, but especially when kids are in the mix. With the help of loving parents and many heartfelt pleas to my Heavenly Father, I learned that instead of focusing on constant disappointments and heartbreaks I often felt, I opened my heart to my stepdad. I couldn’t have been blessed with a better dad or support system in him. He showed me true selfless love and pushed me to chase my dreams. Never once has he not treated me like one of his own. I once thought of the divorce as a trial, but I’ve now come to see it as a blessing. I was blessed with the most amazing angel dad in the world and I’m thankful for him each and every day. I used to pray that my real dad would give me the love and support I yearned for, but soon learned that I was being blessed each and every day by a father who loved me fully and unconditionally. This was a lesson to me- to turn to the Lord in my trials and let Him take care of me. And he did. And in the process, I learned to make the most of hard situations, seek the blessings, and simply just love. I often get asked if my real dad is still in my life and it’s complicated. We still don’t have the relationship I use to yearn for, but I will always have an open heart to him, no matter what. I feel so thankful for my dad and the love and example he has given me. Because of him I know what a dad and husband should be and I was able to find someone that reminds me of him. I’m thankful for my sweet husband. I couldn’t ask for a more amazing or loving dad to our Tru baby! I am thankful for the trials and heartbreak I once felt because now I know just how lucky and blessed I am to be surrounded by some amazing men. So, Happy Father’s Day to my sweet dad + husband & all the other amazing dads out there! I love you both and my life has been changed for the better because of you both! xoxo