Relationships are hard, no matter the permutation. And they get a lot harder when there are kids involved. Every single one of us knows someone who has been impacted by divorce, whether we’ve been a part of one, the children of one, or friends with someone in the middle of one. Kids often tend to take on the burden of the divorce, blaming themselves, and often the parents’ relationship can become so toxic that those kids are forced to pick sides. The conflict is so strong that children get caught in the crossfire.
Divorces aren’t fun, and resulting bad vibes are both common and understandable. So when the world sees evidence of a divorce that doesn’t go bad, and of parents who are able to shield their kids from the fallout and happily co-parent their kids, it takes notice. Even more remarkable is when one or both of those parents enter a new relationship and things remain civil.
That’s what happened in Hubbard, Texas, when David Lewis and Sarah Caitlin got divorced. The couple has a daughter, Willow, who was caught in the middle. But David and Sarah have managed their split so well that not only did Willow not lose a parent, she gained an extra one.
Sarah is now engaged to Dylan Lenox, and instead of his relationship with Sarah driving a wedge between her ex-husband or causing conflict with his relationship with his daughter, the four of them get along like gangbusters. So well, in fact, that Dylan joined David and Willow for an impromptu photo shoot before David took his daughter to a daddy-daughter dance at her school. Dylan – who refers to himself as Willow’s “Bonus Dad” – shared images from the shoot on his Facebook page and the internet went wild with applause.
In the caption of the post, Dylan explains their relationship.
“We have molded ourselves into one unique family, of only for the sake of our children to know the power of love. Not only did I gain a daughter, I gained a brother and a best friend. Thank you Sarah for letting this all happen!”
He goes on to express his philosophy behind putting the kids first and foregoing the typical angst that surrounds these kinds of relationships and lays out some of the ways they interact as a family. “[David] stays at our home when he visits, because family is always welcome. He is not an outsider, he is and will always be apart of my life for the simple fact that we share the same daughter!”
He ends his post by letting the world know that his friend and fellow dad is open for business: “FYI David is SINGLE.”
The post has over 260,000 likes and 150,000 shares.