Dear Dad(s),

I write this for you,
Shane, Darryl, Art, Rory.
You shaped me, you taught me, you loved me.
For this I am forever grateful.

You never fail to make my day, you make me laugh and believe everything will be okay
With each text, call or email I receive, I love you more than I could ever conceive
I may not always know how to show, but trust that I love you more than you know

Shane, the dictionary defines a Hero as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” I define it as, you. You took care of us when you didn’t need too and you made us feel loved. You still do everyday. We were given a safe haven when you took us in and you went through so much more than what you deserved. You took it in stride and you became my hero. I am so grateful for you each day, you have seen me through the worst and the best days of my life and I hope to make you proud every single day. I love you so much.

Darryl, your entire world was flipped upside down because of us and yet you still love us and show us how much you care every single day. It baffles me how lucky we are to have you and it blows my mind that you treat us all with so much love and kindness. You are everything I hope to be, you have the biggest heart and tell the best stories. You’ve stayed up and listened to my problems more times than I can count and you have taught me so much about myself and how to be a better person. You are not only my dad, but also my confidant and my friend, I love you so much.

Art, you went out of your way to care for Barton and Catherine and we are all so lucky to have you. I’m so thankful you found your way back into our lives. We love you so much and cannot say enough wonderful things about you. We are blessed to have you and I hope you know that every day.

Rory, a.k.a. Office Dad. You know I’m obsessed with you in the best possible way. Thank you for welcoming me into your life with such open arms and for always teaching me something new each day. You have encouraged me to follow my dreams, to be kind to everyone and to smile at strangers. I hope you know that you are someone I will never forget and never take for granted. I miss you daily and am so lucky to know you and to have been given to opportunity to learn from you. You are an incredible inspiration to me and I love you!

You all have so much in common, but what means the most to me is that none of you had to love me or take care of me, all of you made that choice and that is a choice that I will forever be grateful of. I love you, thank you.

xx your gal, AL.

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