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Decided to split this off from the old thread as it takes a different path.

Dropped my Daughter off at swim practice after a hectic Monday.
She leaned back in the car and said, "Thanks Dad. You always find a way for me to follow my heart, no matter how busy you are."
Yep, she is a blessing that 15 years ago I thought I would never be blessed with children of my own.

Last week we watched the movie "Brave" talked about where she's been and what she wants to do/be in the future. She said she wants to do as much as possible because she doesn't know how long she'll be here. She wants to be like Rita. You see, Rita never let her condition stop her from accomplishing what she wanted to do.

Rita is a Sister to a good Friend of mine. She passed away as a result of a seizure when my Daughter was seven. A few days later, my Daughter asked if she was going to die too? Talk about a humbling experience. What do you tell a seven year old who just realized that what she deals with on a daily basis could be fatal?
I fumbled through that day the same as I have ever since. One day at a time relying on God to provide the guidance and strength to carry me through, good days and bad.

Cherish every moment you are granted with your children! It may be a wild and hectic ride, but I wouldn't miss it for anything in this world.

Thanks for letting me hang around.
 

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You can hang around with me anytime. Mine are 36 and 41, and they are worth every trial or tribulation in raising them. When you think about it our children are our only lasting legacy. @TSKnight, you did it right.
 

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Blessings to you and to your daughter. She has been through so very much, and your dedicated support is helping her to really "be all that she can be!"

And I agree that all too often we do not truly appreciate our children for the precious gifts from God that they are.
 

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I'm 50 and the wife is 52 when young we didnt want kids and of course when older we did but it wasn't in the cards. There are days I regret not having kids and there are days I think it is for the best. TSKnights post has an equal balance of regret and relief for me.
 

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I'm 50 and the wife is 52 when young we didnt want kids and of course when older we did but it wasn't in the cards. There are days I regret not having kids and there are days I think it is for the best. TSKnights post has an equal balance of regret and relief for me.
You're still a youngster. ;~}

When I was young it was a blessing to the children I didn't have. I would not have been a fit father in those days.
After I got sober things just didn't seem to work out for me to have kids. Then when I had pretty much accepted that it wasn't to be. I met my Wife and Daughter. The rest is history.
I often say, "Anyone can have kids. Not everyone is blessed with choosing the one they want."
 

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I often say, "Anyone can have kids. Not everyone is blessed with choosing the one they want."
I can certainly relate to that. I raised my daughters to be smart, strong and independent. Both are in their early 30's and happily married. One is an Assistant Attorney General and the other is a PhD in Psyc. who runs her husband's very successful orthodontia practice. I love them both, but I don't like them much. Both of them are ultra liberal and both of them are pains in the arse. I figure I gave them a good start, but now I am all but done with them. We tolerate each other at holidays.
 

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I can certainly relate to that. I raised my daughters to be smart, strong and independent. Both are in their early 30's and happily married. One is an Assistant Attorney General and the other is a PhD in Psyc. who runs her husband's very successful orthodontia practice. I love them both, but I don't like them much. Both of them are ultra liberal and both of them are pains in the arse. I figure I gave them a good start, but now I am all but done with them. We tolerate each other at holidays.
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I won't like your post though I understand the sentiment quite well. :~{
My prayer for you is that someday you and your Daughters will be reunited as Family.

Politics and Religion seem to be more detrimental to relationships than almost any other subject.
 

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I can certainly relate to that. I raised my daughters to be smart, strong and independent. Both are in their early 30's and happily married. One is an Assistant Attorney General and the other is a PhD in Psyc. who runs her husband's very successful orthodontia practice. I love them both, but I don't like them much. Both of them are ultra liberal and both of them are pains in the arse. I figure I gave them a good start, but now I am all but done with them. We tolerate each other at holidays.
I’m not going to like your post either but I get it. Friends you can pick, family no. The one’s that arn’t dead yet are too dang mean to die. Only person I have contact with is a sister in law that isn’t really a relative but I like her better :yup:

I’m convinced that a spirit of narcissism has settled on the earth, never seen so many narcissistic people ever!
 

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I'm 50 and the wife is 52 when young we didnt want kids and of course when older we did but it wasn't in the cards. There are days I regret not having kids and there are days I think it is for the best. TSKnights post has an equal balance of regret and relief for me.
We are older than you and your wife (by a little bit) but feel the same way. Some days we wish we had kids and many days we are glad we didn’t. I’m afraid I’d be in jail if we had kids with what all the school systems teach, would’t allow my children to listen to those lies and wouldn’t allow them to go.

Had rather have an ignorant child than a liberal one! :yup:
 
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