Love Makes a Family

We are constantly teaching our girls that love is what makes a family. If you haven’t heard by now, my little family is not your traditional cookie cutter family, we are a blended one. Pappa Bear is not Zoey’s biological dad but he sure as heck takes care of her and loves her like Lia. Nowadays, having a blended family is no shocker, it’s become quite the norm. Yet, even with it being so common we still get judged and what not because of it.

Pappa Bear and I are also not officially married. We love each other like we are and I can’t possible image an official marriage making me love him more. He is a wonderful man and partner and even more amazing father. But, Zoey has actually been told the words “He is not your stepdad because they are not married”. Words that NO ONE should be telling a 7 year old. So my response to that was “Do you love him like family? In your heart is he family?” Her responses of course were yes, so I made sure she knew that it’s about love not blood or a piece of paper.

In a world with so much hatred the best thing we can do is teach our kids to love and to be proud of who they love. If to Zoey Pappa Bear is her dad, then he is! If his family is her family then they are! But we made the decision to counter that comment with love and not more hatred.

Sure our little 4 family is blended, but we love each other just like any other “normal” family. She loves her sister more than anyone on this Earth and Lia loves her the same way. Pappa Bear takes care of them both the same way and his world revolves around them. He wants to teach her about the world & fuel her dreams and goals.

Disclosure: I received this product for a review, but this is my 100% honest review of the product.

Partnering up with Pride Socks was an opportunity I will treasure so much because in order to write this I dug deep into my life. Rachel founded this company from her love for socks and her love for individuality. Pride Socks celebrates diversity and believes in the power of owning who you are, “At Pride Socks, we believe when people are proud of who they are, where they are and what they do in life, they can and will accomplish their dreams.” Their vision is one I wholeheartedly believe in. It is based on this idea of being proud of who you are and of your family and what you believe that we are raising our girls.

We want them to be proud of our family, to be proud of where they come from. Having this type of love for not only our family, but society as a whole is how we feel they will become beautiful human beings. No hateful comments will matter. Our family is blended, but our family is full of love. Always has been and always will be. These are not just socks, they are a way of life.

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    Kyra Faulkner
    September 21, 2017 at 8:10 am

    My heart breaks thinking about how your 7 year old may have felt when someone else tried to define who her dad is, for her. Love is a powerful thing, and just the glue our families need! You guys are doing a great job.

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      mammabearsays
      September 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thank you! It broke my heart too her face was so sad and confused. We are constantly reminding her of how much love our family has.

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    Chandelene
    September 21, 2017 at 9:48 am

    What a beautiful family and what an amazing response youngave her tonsuch negative comments. Well done momma, keep it up!

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      mammabearsays
      September 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

      thank you so much! Parenting is so difficult for this reason

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    Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    September 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Those socks are adorable! I can’t believe how nosy some people can be, telling someone what does or doesn’t make a family. I just recently wrote a post about books that explain what makes a family for this exact reason! Love is what makes a family. Plain and simple. Cheers to you and your beautiful family!

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      mammabearsays
      September 24, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Yes! I read that post! I LOVED it!!! Thank you <3

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    Erin
    September 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    The matching socks are perfectly cute! It amazes me how people pass judgement and make unkind comments. Your family is beautiful and full of love and that’s what matters.

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      mammabearsays
      September 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

      thank you for the kind words. It surprises me too but hey the world has a little bit of everything

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    SHANIKA GRAHAM-WHITE
    September 21, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Such cute socks! I love that your entire family wears them! I so agree with you that love makes a family. This is truly the foundation of everything!

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    Jen
    September 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    So cute’

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    Shell
    September 22, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Love these adorable socks and the positive message they convey !!! Your family sounds wonderful and people need to me mind their own business!!! In today’s world families look a hundred different ways but they are ALL families….

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