Forty years ago today, Shannon and I went on our first date. As I look back on my life, I realize everything happens for a reason, and you meet the people you are supposed to meet when you are supposed to meet them. I am so grateful for the time we had together in this chapter.
One of the biggest blessings from this date, was being able to be a Dad to Justin and Ryan. I remember people telling me how lucky the boys were to have me as their Dad. Part of me would agree that statement is true, but to be completely honest, I feel like they did more for me than I did for them. Being part of this family was the best thing that ever happened to me. They were exceptionally good kids before I arrived, and Shannon deserves all the credit for that. And of course this led to being a Grandpa to Brittney and Cassidy, and a Great Grandpa to sweet little Jayci. I am so proud of all of them, and I am grateful for the love, support, and encouragement they give me every day.
Remember when I said you meet the people in your life when you are supposed to meet them? Let’s fast forward to November 8, 2013. Kristi and I went on our first date with Bob and Lisa Hale. The similarities are uncanny. Kristi was also a single Mom raising two boys. Her boys are also exceptionally good young men. I am so proud of them and grateful to be part of their lives. Kristi deserves the credit for that as well.
I am not sure why I was fortunate enough to meet these two amazing women, and I am well aware they are so out of my league. But I’m okay with that. I do know that my job, goal, life compass, or whatever you want to call it is to be the kind of man they can both be proud of. I promise both of them that will be my guide every day.
In a time where there are so many things I could be upset about and causing me problems, I wanted to recognize all the great blessings I have and let everyone know how grateful I am for everything they do for me. Thanks for reading.
Next week: Another special limo event
P.S.I am always grateful to the guys at basketball for my “Fouling Therapy.” Even if they are not.