During a divorce, parents will always fear that their children will end up feeling as if they are being left behind or less than loved by the parents who have to leave.
It doesn't have to be that way, however!
Facebook user Dylan Lenox is planning to marry Sarah, a divorcée with a beautiful daughter named Willow. United by love of the young girl, Dylan and David, Willow's biological father, became close friends.
In his post, Dylan wrote:
"Our daughter Willow. You may never know how your love has changed us all. The guy to the left is myself (Daddy, Daddy Dylan or Bonus Dad), in the middle is of course our Princess Willow and the guy to the right is David (Daddy, Daddy David or biological Dad). No we are not a same sex couple, but we do share a daughter."
"David is Sarah's ex husband and I am the Fiancé. We have molded ourselves into one unique family, of only for the sake of our children to know the power of love."
"Not only did I gain a daughter, I gained a brother and a best friend. Thank you Sarah for letting this all happen!"
"When we care more about our children (on both sides of the party) than the way society has taught us to be towards (ex's/baby mommas/daddy's) then walls will fall, life will be free of hatred and remorse, and our children will conquer the foolish "norms" that media has shoved in our faces."
"He stays at our home when he visits, because family is always welcome. He is not an outsider, he is and will always be apart of my life for the simple fact that we share the same daughter!"
"Of course not a single moment would be like this without Sarah (mommy) and her kind and generous heart! Willow Grace you are loved by so many people in this world and your Daddies love you!"
Dylan left readers with a final thought, just in case anyone was looking for a loving partner:
":::FYI David is SINGLE::: This Is NOT a photo shoot, Sarah is a photographer though::: This was taken before a daddy daughter dance:::David took her this year:: This was an impromptu photo op. This is real and this is us."
Facebook users were inspired by Willow's two caring fathers!
Dylan and David turned what could have been a horrible situation into an extraordinary one.
At the end of the day, being a parent is about letting your child know they are loved unconditionally.
Many other parents could take a lesson from David, Dylan and Sarah.
Willow is surely all the happier for having two adoring dads!
Well done, Dylan and David!
Thanks for setting an example for fathers everywhere.