Raising a child is never easy, especially when you are a single mom.
Natalie Crabtree of Muncie, Indiana was a single mom, taking care of her son, Rylan, alone. Natalie has been raising Rylan by herself since he was just two years old.
According to Natalie, it breaks her heart whenever she sees her son watching other kids play with their fathers. She knew Rylan needed a father figure in his life who will guide him.
She’s dated a few whom she had hope would stay with them and would love Rylan the way she does, but no one ever stays – only leaving the two of them more heartbroken and alone again.
That was until she was reunited with an old high school friend, Joe.
Natalie said that from the beginning of their relationship, she explained to Joe that “Rylan needs a male who will invest time in him, do things one on one with him, and teach him and guide him.”
And Joe did not disappoint. Treating Rylan as his own, he and Rylan did activities together such as riding bikes and doing homework. Joe even goes to Rylan’s school events when Natalie can’t. There were even instances when Rylan would personally request for Joe, saying that there are “No Moms Allowed”.
Joe has children of his own, too. So when he proposed to Natalie, they wanted to make the event as special to their children as it was for them. Natalie would write vows for Joe’s children and Joe would do the same for Rylan.
And, on their wedding day, when Joe read his vows to Rylan, it brought everyone in the room to tears.
Joe’s said, “I promise to always be there for you when you need someone. Whether it be a coach, a dad, a friend. Anything you need, you can always come to me, and I’ll be your shoulder. I love you, bub.”
Joe’s genuine love and care for Rylan shone and everybody in the room was moved:
When two people get married, everyone just witnesses the union of two individuals about to start their family together. But when two single parents get married, it’s more than just a union – it’s the completion of a family.
Joe’s words might have been simple, but they were words and assurance a little boy who had always wanted a father needed to hear. They were the pieces that would complete a little boy’s heart. It was a promise that someone would finally be there for him and for his mom, for the rest of their lives.