Some may know, others may not – but my mother was both my mother and my father growing up. My parents were divorced when I was a child, and since then, our lives have been amazing. ♥ My mother isn’t a stereotypical mom… she taught me how to be an independent and strong woman, yes, but she also taught me how to use a chainsaw and build a picnic table. She worked hard and sacrificed so much to support our family of three for MANY years.
My father may not have been around while we were growing up, but I had someone to teach me how to build and create (Mom), someone to teach me how to be brave (Gramps), someone to teach me how to be compassionate (Gram), someone to teach me how to keep going (Uncle Bob), someone to teach me to not take life too seriously (Uncle Bill), and someone to teach me how to toughen up (Mike)… and now, as a family we gain someone that taught me how to love unconditionally. So as I marry my best friend, I’ve asked my mother to give me away and grant us her blessing, and I’ve asked my grandfather to accompany us and share in that moment.