|From Left to Right: Stephanie, Devin & Skylar|
Stephanie, pictured above in a photo taken at Christmas in 2013, is our daughter though she is not a blood relative. She, at one time, was married to my wife's son, and it was through him that she and her wonderful children came into our lives. We call her daughter Skylar and her son Devin our grandchildren. I never had children of my own, but somehow I have in my elder year been graced with having a daughter and two grandchildren. Our love for each other has bound us closer than mere blood often binds parents and offsprings.
Something else I discovered yesterday was that this was not the first time that Stephanie had this type of relationship because she was not of the same blood as her grannie. Stephanie and her mother married into Grannie's family. Soon afterward, her mother left Stephanie to be raised by Grannie and her husband, whom I never recall meeting. Love was also in this case the family tie that Stephanie has enjoyed.
Stephanie gave a moving tribute to Grannie through a poem she wrote. I will try to publish it soon.
|Skylar working at the stables|
|Showing off her riding award|
There is a saying that "Blood is Thicker Than Water." To a certain extent, this is true. You feel a bond and in many cases an obligation to those with whom you are related. But as the relationship between Stephanie, Skylar, Devin, Cat, and me proves, Love is often thicker than even blood can be.
Grandma & Grandpa love Stephanie, Skylar, and Devin more than we can express. You are truly a part of us forever.