introducing my dad {and a blog hop}

I know you guys have heard me refer to myself as a child of divorce and remarriage on several occasions,  but I can guarantee that you have never heard me actually elaborate on the subject. Why?  Because it's difficult.  Maybe one day I will actually elaborate, instead of just hinting and beating around the bush, but today isn't the day.

Today is the day that I get to introduce you to my mom's husband. .. the man I call Dad.

Most people have the story that their step-dad came onto their lives at an early age and things just fell into place. Not us..

Chuck came into my life shortly before my parents divorced and couple months before my 18th birthday. He made my mom smile again. And for that I was grateful. He accepted me and my brother into his loving arms, and never forced his presence on us. He would always tell us "I'm not here to replace your dad, but I would like to be your friend."

My mom and Chuck met and dated when they were both in high school, but circumstances led to a breakup and then reunification some years later. After both had been married & divorced, each with two kids.

Seeing my mom with Chuck, made me happy. She had been unhappy for sometime, which led to her divorce, and Chuck made her act like a kid again. Literally, she was so GIDDY ALL OF THE TIME,  and it made me nauseous.

Over the years, Chuck and I definitely had our differences. And after they married in 2007, it sorta worsened. Partly because I had my own issues and turned 21. But in the end, everything evened out.

He was the one who my hubby asked for my hand in marriage, the one who walked me down the aisle,  the one who I had my father/daughter dance with at the wedding, the one who was at the hospital with my mom when Lil Man came into the world, the one who loves my son as his blood, and the one who I call Dad.

And he is the one who is turning 50 TODAY. 

So if he is ever reading this... I want to say happy birthday old man. I love you.  Love, me.


Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!
A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.
Dear Friends,
What a day to celebrate! This is the 103rd week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!
Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.
The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
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... onto the winner!
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  1. Happy Birthday to your Dad! How sweet that he and your mom got together again after all of those years - true love :)

  2. Happy Birthday to Chuck! Just proves that a man doesn't have to be the biological father to be a true dad!

  3. Thanks for co-hosting! Following you on Pinterest.

  4. happy belated birthday to your step dad! I always love hearing when step parents don't get a bad rep. So glad you have a great father figure. :)

  5. Ashley Ponder RichardsFebruary 12, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    What an incredible story. As someone who is going through a divorce I often worry about the various people who will come into Jack's life. How will he take it? How will I take it? I hope that regardless of who enters into his life that they love him the way your Dad loves you.

  6. Thank you! I love my step-dad, and he really had stepped up for my brother and I.

  7. So true, Anne! He really is a great Dad!

  8. Yeah, their story is really cute. They talk about being HS sweethearts all of the time.


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