Thankful for my Donald and the love of family he has

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I am sure that you know someone from a blended family.  I think back to Donald entering my life 20 years ago.  Abigail was just a ten year old little girl. Donald's first nickname for her was Booger and she thought it was funny.  When she was a tiny girl and learning to talk she had called herself A-boo-gail and that's where it came from.

4 years after he came into my life he became Abigail's step-daddy.  She calls him DonDon. But beyond that she introduces the two of us as "my parents" as opposed to my mom and her husband. 

I am thankful that my Donald gave her every reason to feel that way. He couldn't love her any more than he already does.  Family isn't always blood.  Sometimes it's what you choose. He picked us to be his family.  She picked his arm to walk down the isle when she got married. He's a proud of his daughter Daddy. 

And he's the most wonderful Papa to little Cooper.  It makes my heart so happy to see the two of them together. Today when we got Cooper up from a nap that he'd started before we arrived to babysit he reached for Donald and was so happy to see him.  This video was from a few days ago, but I posted another one from today on my Facebook page.  I love that I am getting to capture them for Cooper to have later in life. 

 

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Gabe Sanders
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Wonderful post, Tammy.  I too am a step-dad, but still waiting for a grandchild.  Not so sure my son will ever get around to it.

Nov 19, 2018 04:48 AM #1
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Brian England
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Your Donald sounds like such a great guy, you are wise to keep hold of him for the rest of your life.

Nov 19, 2018 05:20 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Good moring, Tammy. Such a touching post... having been a step-daughter and a step-mom, myself, I get what these kinds of relationships can be all about.

Nov 19, 2018 05:35 AM #3
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Tammy. This is such a joy to read. I am so very happy for your blessings.

Nov 19, 2018 07:55 AM #4
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Tammy Lankford,
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Gabe Sanders well my daughter finally gave us our first just two months before she turned 30... I had been very impatient

Brian England without a doubt I think I hit the lottery

Nov 19, 2018 10:07 AM #5
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Nina Hollander I had zero experience so all that step parenting was new... but I think we both did wonderfully at it.  I know I love his boys that much too.

Sheila Anderson thank you.  I am truly blessed.

Nov 19, 2018 10:09 AM #6
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OMG, I still have a grin on my face, watching that video of Don & Cooper - HOW PRECIOUS, Tammy! 

And, you know, that's how our boys introduce us too - they were so little, we are all they know as parents. The ex...not so much! 

Nov 19, 2018 12:18 PM #7
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Debe Maxwell, CRS biology definately doesn't make someone a parent.  Love however, does.

Nov 19, 2018 01:21 PM #8
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Tammy- since I began reading your blog, Your Donald has been an integral part of it. You are indeed blessed!!!

Nov 19, 2018 05:46 PM #9
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Debbie Reynolds
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I am smiling ear to ear. That is real love. BTW I love the music too and the fact he sings to little Cooper.

Nov 29, 2018 07:20 PM #10
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Kathy Streib very blessed

Debbie Reynolds The day Cooper was born when we all finally got to hold him Donald took him in his arms and immediately sang "Happy Birthday" to him.  I did not capture that beautiful moment on video, but I watched it and captured it in my heart and mind and that is what mattered.  I was truly watching love form.

Nov 29, 2018 07:52 PM #11
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You picked a good one twenty years ago and he is confirming that choice every day.

Nov 29, 2018 08:58 PM #12
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