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The Dad He Didn’t Have To Be


When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new,
It always winds up feeling more like a job interview.
My mom used to wonder if she’d ever meet someone
Who wouldn’t find out about me and then turn around and run.

I met the man I call my dad when I was five years old.
He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go.
A few months later I remember lying there in bed,
I overheard him pop the question and I prayed that she’d say yes.

And then all of a sudden, it seemed so strange to me,
How we went from “something’s missing” to “a family.”

Lookin’ back all I can say about all the things he did for me a

I hope I’m at least half the dad

that he didn’t have to be.

– brad paisley

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. All i have been doing since I discovered your page, is cry. But it is a good cry. Thank you for the pictures that show even through tragedy God is planning healing. Bless you and your family.

  2. This Story made me cry all the way through the “good Story and the not so good story” God always
    knows what we need and provides…..Peter is one in a million!!! What a great Role model for your kids. Welcome to happier ever after !!!!! Your Story has touched my life.

  3. Tricia
    My heart broke for you and your children when I read your story
    But God restores, God heals
    I am so happy for how he brought the right person into your life and your children’s lives
    God bless you all abundantly

  4. This puts a lump in my throat! Peter is one in a million! Maybe 10 million!!!

  5. One of my favorite songs. Happy Father’s day, Peter!

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