My Vows to my Stepkids

Three years ago today Derek and I got married. It was our three year dating anniversary.
I was not only gaining a husband and becoming a wife, but I was gaining two kids and becoming a mom.
I actually knew Mackenzie and Mason before I knew Derek. I had a relationship with them long before I even had a friendship with their dad. So it was important to me that they were involved in our wedding day; I wasn't just marrying their dad, but I was vowing to love and support them for better or for worse as well.

Three years ago today these were my vows to them:

Mackenzie and Mason:

Today I not only make vows to your dad but to you as well, because while I love your dad, I loved you first.

As you grow I promise to be a role model to both of you. I promise to be a strong and loving mother figure. I promise to encourage you when you struggle, celebrate your victories, and mourn your losses. I promise that no matter what life hands us, I do, and always will, love you as my own. I may not have given you the gift of life, but life gave me the gift of you.

Most importantly I promise to teach you what matters the most in life. FAMILY.
The people here with us today are your family. Being blood-related isn't the only way to be a family. What makes you family is love, support, trust, sacrifice, honesty, protection, acceptance, security, compromise, gratitude, respect, and loyalty.
From this day forward we are family and we will always be here for you.