Jordan turned 18 on Friday November 7th. Unbelievable. Inconceivable. Unimaginable.
Jordan's dad Brian and his wife Adell and their very gorgeous baby Ella came from Oregon to help us celebrate her birthday. Brian and I were very young when Jordan was born. 19...barely. When people tell me, "You don't look old enough to have an 18 year old..." I always reply, "I'm not." But her birth was the first of many moments in my life that made me realize that there is usually a bigger plan to all of this stuff we call life. And while she may not have been our plan... initially... she definitely shaped our plans for the rest of our lives. She has been such a wonderful, perfect gift to all of us. There have been many things I have done wrong in my life... but the way Brian and I, and Jeff and Adell, have parented her has not been one of those things. I believe that even though we were stupid kids, we handled her birth and our parting better than most adults do. We have remained friends. We have rejoiced with each other in finding our life long mates. Our spouses have helped us to shape her into the wonderful woman she now is. I consider Adell a friend, and I couldn't have picked a better step mom for her. There is no fighting and no back stabbing and no harsh feelings. We feel blessed to have them as a part of our family.