I first have to say that I love my "bonus" kids. Love them. I couldn't have married Aaron unless I loved them as much as I did then. And I love them more, now. Parker and Maddy live with us 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
But some of you may know (from personal experience or otherwise) that step/bonus relationships come with their own set of challenges. Different from the challenges that my 2 year old gives us- like destroying a Wii and the Xbox all in one day- but challenges nonetheless.
And when it's challenging... it's challenging. Especially when you throw into the mix raging, teenage hormones.
But when it's great, it's the best day of my life. Seriously, so happy I could burst.
And lately, Parker has been a peach. Happy, helpful, hilarious- in a really good mood. And let me tell you. I LOVE that kid when he's happy. Love him! (I love him when he's grumpy, too.)
Today is his birthday. Seventeen years old. I can't believe it. So I just wanted to say Happy Birthday Parker! It's been a great summer... thanks for being such a good kid! I couldn't be more proud.
We love you!
Dad, Mandee, Maddy, Maxwell, Charlie, and Jack
P.S. And just to put the rumors to rest... he wasn't grounded all summer, and his cell phone wasn't taken away. And he doesn't have V.L. But he doesn't have a G.F. either. And even though he has "really mean" parents, we also love his guts!