An Open Letter to My Dad

You became my dad when someone didn’t want the responsibility. I still think what you did was crazy! I was only a couple months old and you opened you heart to me. You took me in when you didn’t have to. I know we don’t get to see another very much since we live states away but there is not one day that goes by that I don’t think of you. I wish we lived closer but I know one day that will become reality.

I want to say thank you for being the best dad. You did a lot on your own and not once did you look at me different or treat me different. You worked so hard to put food on the table. You worked so hard to give us everything and more. My brother and I never went without because of you. The love you showed me is something I have always wanted in a Husband. They say you marry someone like your dad but I don’t think anyone could be as loving or as special as you. I remember climbing into bed with you all the time as that was my safe place. I remember you being there when I did pageants, I remember you being there for my soccer games, I remember you making me apart of every part of your life and you didn’t have to.

You always accepted me when my biological father didn’t. I never had to compete for your love. I had it all along. Even though, raising me was not easy  you never gave up on me. Thank you for the punishing me even when I said I didn’t want to talk to you. Thank you for taking me to church every Sunday. Thank you for showing me what hard work is. You worked a full time job and came home and still worked on cars to make extra money. That was so inspiring to see growing up. I know that is why I am such a hard worker! Everything you did, did not go unnoticed. I may not say it as much as I should but THANK YOU for everything.

I want you to know everything I am dealing with isn’t your fault. Sure we fought and things got pretty ugly so the point I moved out but YOU did more for me then anyone could have done. You took me in. You became my dad. You also gave me a pretty amazing step-mom that I know is my mom also. God gave her to you and God gave her to my brother and I. We may not be blood but you both were put in my life by God and you both are MY PARENTS. I can’t begin to thank mom for being there for you in the hardest moments that I get to experience now as a step-mom. I can’t imagine everything mom was put through and how she was so strong, that just makes me love her, respect her and want to thank her even more. Without you two there is no way I would even be where I am at today. You both have helped me through this journey so much. I didn’t think it was possible to love my parents anymore then I already do but it is possible. I would be lost without you two. Thank you for keeping my spirits high and just telling me it will all work out. Thank you for telling me you are proud of me. Thank you for being a phone call away whenever I need it. THANK YOU.

I am very sorry for how I treated you in middle school and throughout High School. I am sorry it took me so long to stop being stubborn and have you back in my life. I always get upset that you were out for so long but I think it was much needed. I regret it at the same time because I will never have that time back with you. You know the reasons why you were out for so long and I wish I would have stood up sooner and stopped listening to other people.

We have had some pretty horrible fights but I am still one of the luckiest girls in the world that God chose you to be my dad. With everything I am fighting I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t you by my side.

It seems like I have barely scratched the surface as to how special you are to me. I don’t know what I would do if I lost you. I want to thank you for every decision you made every day that I may never know about. I want to thank you for adopting me. I want to thank you for taking the time to always get to know me and for giving me your last name. You truly went above what any man would do for someone they knew wasn’t their child. But I am yours. God gave you to me because he knew you were suppose to be my dad. God knew you would be the dad I needed.


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