Thursday, February 18, 2010

As Good As Family

It seems over the last 20 years that it is just as 'normal' to be a 'divorced' family as it is to be a 'typical' family with Mom, Dad, kiddos. But where does that leave the kiddos when they grow up? For TJ & I, it is often a difficult place to be…. especially now that we have our OWN kiddos. Granted, we understand that some marriages just dissolve, and end out of necessity. (Although both of us would tell you with 100% certainty that if we could rewind the clock, make things different…. we would choose for our families to be together, intact. Regardless.)Be that as it may, we move on, we do what we can to make the best of it. And we are thankful to have married-couple mentors, who receive us like family.

Take Mark & Linda Countryman… 
TJ became friends with their son Adam in High School.

When Adam asked us to move to San Antonio and they were all here, they definitely became important.

They are so sweet, open with their love and their home, and they are a great example of two Christian people, devoted to a Christian marriage. And now, they extend their love to our kiddos as if Grandparents to them. When you come from a broken family, that means the world!

We recently took a trip to Houston, TX, which is where Adam (who is the Godfather of both girls and whose wife we cherish as an excellent Godmother) lives, and now Mark & Linda as well. It gave us that 'visiting home' feeling despite the fact that we'd never been to Houston! It was a great time and a special way to spend Valentine's Day. 
Thank you, Mark and Linda, for being like family to us. I would be remiss if I did not mention Ed & Julaine Luhmann, who we cherish as well! You never know how you are affecting someone by opening your heart and home to them. 
Rest assured, you have impacted us!

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