Either one of my parents could have walked out at any time but neither did. They stood together and stood beside me through everything I went through. They have set such a wonderful example for both Alex and I on what marriage is about and what it's supposed to be. I look back on what all they have done and it brings tears to my eyes. They built such an amazing family unit. Then there is the one who has lived in my shadow for 27 years. I could have a sister who hates me because of all the attention I have required for so long, but she's never held any of it against me. God knew that I was going to need a best friend, a rock, a partner in crime, a cheerleader, a shoulder to cry on, and a soul mate and He blessed me by giving me Alex. I love her more than she will ever know. I sit in amazement by her. The older she gets the more proud I become of her. (And I'm sitting here fighting the tears back because every time I talk about her I cry). And then there is the newest part of our little family, Chad (my brother in law) Alex and Chad started dating in high school and had been together 8.5 years on their wedding day. He's technically new because they recently got married but he's now been apart of the family for 11 years. God did an awesome job putting this guy with our family. He fits in so well its scary. He's an amazing man of God and has been such a leader for there little family of two so far. I always wanted a brother and I finally got one in Chad! I've always felt sorry for the guys I date 1. because I have so many guy friends that are like brothers and older men who act like my dad. But 2. because they are going to be compared to my dad and Chad.