Happy Birthday Derek!


Today, we are wishing a very Happy Birthday to our incredible friend, my ex-husband, and the father of my first two children – Derek.

Our family wouldn?t be the same without you, and I hope you know how grateful we are to have you in our lives. Truly, life wouldn?t be near as much fun for Cashy and Ruby without their ?Uncle Dekle?.

Thanks for helping to keep our family grounded, even amongst all of the crazy curveballs that we throw at you most of the time ?. And thanks for being a great friend to me and Chris.

You?ve been quite the example to me (and to many others) during these years post-divorce. It?s been eye-opening to see how much you care about not only the kids’ happiness, but about mine and Chris? too. People reading this would be amazed to know that when times get tough for me and Chris, YOU are usually the one that reminds me of what is most important, and encourages me to (drop my ego and) ?fix it?. I don?t know one other ex-husband like that ?. I really don?t.

If there were more parents out there that could follow your lead, this world would be a better place. Thank you for loving our kids and loving our family, and supporting us in all that we do, even when it?s not easy. We appreciate you more than you might know.

We love you, Derek!!


All of us

53 Responses

  1. It’s so nice to see and ex-husband have such an amazing relationship with and he can have such an impact on your family!

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  2. I’m always so thankful to see relationships like these. When my first husband and I divorced we vowed that we would continue to be a “family” for our two sons. I can honestly say that we have accomplished that. And even though our children are grown now we continue to work as a team (including his new wife and my new husband) when it comes to anything involving the kids. If you have to be a split family, it’s best to remember the only ones hurt if you don’t get a long are the people you care about the most- your children. Shame on people that are too selfish to realize that. Way to go Heidi, Chris and Derek. As always, shining examples of doing things the RIGHT way!!

  3. This is great! I, myself, am so blessed that my husband, myself and my ex are good friends. My husband & ex usually hang out together on the weekends with the kids. My ex treats my youngest son like his own. It’s really nice to see adults putting their own feelings & selfishness aside for the wellbeing of the children. You guys rock!!!! I wish you all the best!

  4. I am lucky enough to have divorced parents who are wonderful close friends. Both are now remarried (to good ones finally) and their spouses are friends and happy with the arrangement too. My friends (and husband when he came into the big family) think it’s the strangest thing that we have all our holidays and birthdays and sometimes just Tuesday dinner together. Even when my sis and I moved states for college my parents and steps spent time all together- my mom is my dad and stepmom’s son’s God mother even!!! It’s the greatest gift my parents have given me, one all divorced parents should work towards for their kids’ sake.

  5. I have to commend you all, I wish my ex husband could read this…my 16 year old daughter hasn’t seen her dad in over a year because his new girlfriend just wont allow it…and he doesn’t see the need she has for her dad! I commend you all in doing this I would love nothing more than to be friends with my ex and be happy for him in his life..if he could do the same for us. He chose to leave to start a life with someone else…yet we are still punished! God Bless you all! Happy Birthday Derek

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