Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day




Today's picture holds a special man, my husband, Doug. We married February 17Th, 2005and began our journey with a blended family. He lost his first wife to cancer and was left to raise two teenage daughters (both adopted). I was divorced with three sons.

Our journey began with many blessings. All five of our children "love" each other with a love beyond normal. On those days when they did not like either of us, their love for one another never wavered and has not to this day. They also greatly resemble one another even though two of them are not biologically related to any of us. GOD is awesome! His wonders continually amaze me.

The precious little girl in this picture is our first and only grandchild. We adore her. Our hearts skip a beat when she says, "Nana...O'Papa."

Doug assumed the role of father to my boys. He had no desire to take the place of their father, but to fill in the gap (a big one) and meet their needs. He loves each of them as his own. He celebrates their victories and prays desperately for each of them in their struggles.

He reminds me from time to time, "it does NOT take biology to make a family." Our family is living proof. We are blessed to have each other and I am blessed to have a wonderful husband. Today, I celebrate the blessings by honoring Doug with this post.

Celebrating God's goodness,

Andrea

19 comments:

Robin said...

Andrea, it is amazing how God blesses us. It was an honor to read your post which celebrates your marriage to Doug. I know about blended families, adding Sasha, Hailey, and Teela into our family has been a gift full of love and hard situations. I am going to be a grandma any moment or day, baby was due on June 18. Thanks for being a friend.

koralee said...

Love your post...it sounds like you have a wonderful husband...many blessing to you and Doug on this Father's Day!

Saleslady371 said...

Yes, my friend, you are blessed indeed with your wonderful Doug. May God shower His abundant blessings on his fatherhood, grandfatherhood, and your marriage today and always.

With love,
Mary

Crown of Beauty said...

Thank you for sharing this story. It lifts up my heart, esp to know that Doug has become a father figure to your sons, and this has protected them from growing up fatherless. What an awesome responsibility. Happy Father's Day to Doug. May God continue to guide him and equip him as the family head, doing the important roles of prophet-priest-king of your family.

Leslie said...

What a wonderful tribute to your hubby! You got married on my parents' anniversary. Do you have any pictures on here of the whole family together? Are all of the kids out on their own?

Have a fantastic day with your hubs!

Terri Tiffany said...

I hope your time together today is so very special. Blessings !!!

RCUBEs said...

Thanks be to God for giving you an incredible husband, father to your children, grandfather to your little grandchild! Happy Father's Day to him and same to our awesome Father in heaven! God bless your husband richly and his family. Blessings.

Mary Moss said...

What a blessing your blended family has been for each of you! I rejoice for you that you found a man like Doug to be your friend and husband.

Mocha Momma said...

I'm sniffling here. How sweet your story is about your blended family & wondeful husband. I love the picture with grandpa and grandchild.

It speaks multitudes. Have a nice Dad's Day.

Also, I'm glad your 30 year old TV does just fine. Glad we didn't ALL go out and buy new ones yet. Ours work fine too.

Catch ya later.
Nannette

Jenniflower said...

What a beautiful photo with grandpa! Lovely story Andrea - dad's are so special.

I have never had one (he left us when we were young kids), so have never celebrated it myself, but see what great dads my brothers are to their kids.. and my heart bursts with pride :)

Marsha said...

Oh Andrea! What a wonderful tribute to an amazing husband! I got misty eyed reading about him and your loving family.

Have a blessed rest of the day.

And thank you again for the award!

Crown of Beauty said...

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E @ Scottsville said...

Well, your husband sounds like a truly wonderful man and a blessing from God!

Happy Father's Day!!!

Just Be Real said...

Awwww, what a true blessing you have there girl. Enjoyed reading your post.

hope42day said...

Doug is right about the biology part! How blessed you are!

christy rose said...

You are a very blessed woman Andrea!

Alleluiabelle said...

Dearest Andrea,

You are so very, very blessed with this kind, gentle man as he is with you. May God continue to bless your family each and every day of your entire life time together.

I have an award for you. Please stop over and pick it up.

I love you dear friend,
Alleluiabelle

RCUBEs said...

Came over to let you know that I finally had the strength to post about the "Honest Scrap" Award. Thanks for sharing that with me, which in turn I can share with others. God bless and Happy Monday! Love ya.

Warren Baldwin said...

What a nice post for Father's Day! Thanks for the positive example of a blended family that is working so wonderfully well!