“He never treated me like I was a package deal. I wasn’t a burden in his eyes, I was a bonus.”
“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a stepdad.”
"Family isn’t defined only by last names or by blood; it’s defined by commitment and by love.”
“Stepparents are not around to replace a biological parent, rather to augment a child's life experience.”
“Any man can help make a child, but it takes a special man to help raise a child."
“My stepdad may not have given me life, but he sure has made my life better."
“Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, or set. It’s always evolving, turning into something else.”
"It's not flesh and blood, but the heart that makes us father and son."
"Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father."
“Lookin' back all I can say about all the things he did for me is I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be.”
“We aren’t ‘step,’ we aren’t ‘half,’ we’re just family.”
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”
“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”
“Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.”
“Family not by birth but by good fortune, I’m so lucky to have you in my life.”
“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first."
"A stepparent is so much more than just a parent; they made the choice to love when they didn't have to."
“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”
“Fatherhood requires love, not DNA.”