Silver linings...

Dads and daughters…

** This is a sponsored post brought to you by Gifts Less Ordinary. The opinions are completely my own. **

As Father’s Day approaches I can’t help but feel grateful that I’ve had two dads in my life… My dad was a young 19 when I came into the world and I quickly became a daddy’s girl. My mom remarried a wonderful man when I was a teenager and he accepted me into his heart just as if I’d always been his daughter… I know I am blessed to have had the chance to have two fathers love me unconditionally…

Me with my beautiful Mama and my Daddy in the 1970’s

When I was a little girl I wanted to go everywhere with my dad. We frequented places like tire shops and car repair and to this day walking into and smelling that distinctive tire smell at one of these shops reminds me of when I was a little girl and makes me smile. I used to love tinkering in the garage with my dad as he worked on projects and he’d always pretend I was a good helper even though in retrospect I was probably in the way! 🙂 I remember the joy of sitting at a stool in his workshop and I’d make creations out of my empty bubble containers  and drilling in screws and other tools to make little people… I just found joy in being with my daddy.

My wonderful stepdad with my Mama and my boys.

My stepdad was lost to us several years back due to a fight with cancer but his love stays with me… During one of his many hospital stays, he reached out to me while my mom went to get something. He held my hand and told me he was so blessed to have me as a daughter and to always believe in myself… He told me that he was so proud of the woman and mother I had become and that he just knows I will go far. How lucky am I to have been loved so much by a father who did not have to be a father to me but yet chose to….

I’d love to hear from my readers…. what is one memory you hold dear from your father?

Don’t forget to honor dad in a few weeks for Fathers’ Day! Call him up, send him a card and pick out a little something just to say “Thanks Dad!” I found the cutest items for Father’s Day  at They have so many perfect gifts to help show your dad just what he means to you….

They have such a cute and fun selection to show your dad just how important he is to you!

They have everything from personalized  pillows to monogrammed cocktail shakers!

I absolutely adore this cute baby outfit for my adorable niece to wear on this, my baby brothers first Father’s Day! 

Perfect for any Man Cave is this adorable sign!

I hope you all have a blessed and wonderful Father’s Day with your dads and father figures you are blessed to have in your life!

Much Love, 

Shell Maria, The Sun Mama



  1. I just love the vintage photographs like the one at the beginning of this post. How wonderful to have two great examples of good men in your life!

  2. I love going to Mets games with my dad. He is an amazing man and I am happy to have him in my life.

    1. Hi Danielle! What a blessing for you to have that strong relationship with your dad! …and a baseball game sounds just about perfect to me!! 🙂

  3. It’s so great to hear your stories about your dads. You’re definitely one lucky girl to have two dads that love you the same. Some people are less lucky, I wish you all happiness in the world for you and your family! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Marya!

  4. My father is not in my life but I’m very happy for those who have wonderful fathers and celebrate this day! And I’m going to suggest your ideas to my friends!

    1. Thank you Corina!

  5. Your story about your two dads is so beautiful and moving. I also think you were blessed to have had such a fantastic family. My dad has been very important in my life too, but we haven’t spent much time together due to the fact that he was (and still is) a workaholic. As I child, I barely saw him and I remember longing so much to be with him, but we were three children and boys had priority over the girl to spend time with dad.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing Natalia… Childhood passes so quickly-in the blink of an eye they are grown and on their own. I’m so sorry you didn’t get much time with your dad when you were little…

  6. Very sweet blog! Good fathers are their daughters first love and you are blessed to have that love twice.

    1. Aww thank you Aditi! 🙂

  7. I love the personalised pillows <3 there are some great choices here 🙂 I love the cute outfit

    1. Hi Nina! I just adore that cute pillow too! 🙂

  8. I absolutely afore your family photos! It’s so amazing that you’ve had two incredible dads in your life, to nurture and love you endlessly.

    1. Thank you so much Emily!! 🙂

  9. Kim

    I love to hear stories about dads and daughters. I am close to my dad too. But I just love watching the bond between my husband and daughter. Those two just love each other!

    1. Aww Kim that is so sweet!! 🙂

  10. Such a beautiful story you have about your fathers. You are blessed indeed!
    My dad worked hard to raise us well.

    1. Thank you so very much Indrani! 🙂

  11. Stephanie

    Father’s play a key role in their daughter’s lives and their love is amazing. Thank you for sharing this intimate moment in your life with us.

    1. Thank you Stephanie!

  12. Thanks for sharing your heartwarming stories! I’d better hustle up and get on the Father’s Day gift patrol!

    1. Your welcome Paula!

  13. Tawnya

    That’s so amazing you were able to have two great dads. Too often step-parents don’t put the same effort into children that aren’t there’s, but what really makes someone a parent is how they act, not the act of creating life.

    1. Thanks so much Tawnya! 🙂

  14. You have such a great perspective. Love this. Thank you for the encouraging words….it really made me think.

  15. I have so many wonderful memories with my dad it’s hard to choose just one, he’s been there for me through all my ups and downs! I too am a total daddy’s girl! <3

    1. Hi Amanda! You sound very blessed! 🙂

  16. Sam

    These are great gifts. I really like the personalized pillow.

    This is a really sweet post. You are very lucky to have two great father figures in your life. One of my favorite memories with my dad is when he used to taking me fishing when I was little. Sometimes my mom would come and sometimes it would just be us. I look forward to spending time with him on Sunday.

    1. Hi Sam! That is a lovely memory of your father! 🙂

  17. Adepoju Grace

    I hate to loose anybody. I’ve lost loved ones and I know how it feels. How about your real dad? Is he still alive?

    1. Hi Adepoju … Yes it is so hard to lose a loved one. My biological dad is still alive.

  18. Dads are the best and just like you I was also lucky enough to have a real dad and a step dad. And they’re both awesome, very different but the love and guidance they gave us, and still do, will always mean the world.

    1. Hi Michelle! I absolutely agree! 🙂

  19. Lovely article, I guess I bonded most with my dad when he drove me to school every morning. I was supposed to get the bus but missed it that often that I gave up on that idea and dad was happy to go via my school on his way to work!

    1. Hi Joanne! That is a sweet memory you share with your dad! I bet you had some great talks on the way to school! 🙂

  20. Karla

    Inspiring post. 🙂 I’m a daddy’s girl and has a great bond with my father when I was young. I’m so happy to have a great father growing up. Father’s day is coming and I want to give something for him. <3

    1. Thank you Karla! 🙂

  21. My fondest memory of my dad is fishing at the river on the weekends. I truly loved forward to this time and it made a lasting impression on me.

    1. That is a lovely memory Maia! 🙂

  22. Loved reading your experience. The pictures are nostalgic. Cute baby outfit

    1. Thanks Surekha! 🙂

  23. This made me tear up. What a beautiful tribute to the wonderful fathers who you had. They’re both amazing! I have lost my father years back and I still miss him to this very day. Father’s day is such a great way to show them that we recognize their hard work and appreciate their sacrifices! Such wonderful gift ideas!

    1. Thank you so much Carol! I am so sorry you have lost a dad too… It is so hard…

  24. so nice that you were able to have that special moment with your stepdad before he passed.

    1. Thank you so much Janna…

  25. I didn’t have a great dad, but we had some good moments. Mostly at the end of his life. He passed away right before thanksgiving and right after my toddlers birthday. He had been sick for years. He always tried to treat my kids better and spoil them when he had money. I knew he realized he didn’t do well when I was growing up.

    1. Hi Misty… I am so sorry you have lost a dad too…

  26. huda shakib

    So so sorry for your loss! That was a great post and your extremely lucky to be loved by two dads. Your truly blessed.

    1. Thank you so much Huda…

  27. Minakshi Bajpai

    lovely post. dad and daughter’s relation is always very special.

    1. Thank you Minakshi! 🙂

  28. That is so beautiful. You are really lucky. Some people don’t even know their dads but you have two 🙂 that’s really heartwarming.

    1. Thank you JoJo… 🙂

  29. I’ve definitely always been a Daddy’s girl! I think the personalized shaker is right down my dad’s ally!

    1. Thanks Chandler! I hope you have a great Father’s Day with your dad! 🙂

  30. These are some great gift ideas for Father’s Day. I love the little onesie, it’s adorable!

    1. Thanks Eileen! 🙂

  31. I always treasure my time with my father, when we would go backpacking in the mountains! Every time it was adventure and the memories are some of my dearest.

    1. Hi Noelle! Those are wonderful memories! 🙂

  32. Lisa Rios

    Two fathers! Lucky duck 😉 What a blessing. My biological father has not been an active participant in my life, but I’ve had many wonderful father figures throughout my life. 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa! I’m so glad you had the chance to have so many wonderful father figures! 🙂

  33. This is such a nice post. Sounds like you shared a really special bond with your step dad. My dad and I are very close but I’ve been away from home for a few months so I’m flying back this week to spend Father’s Day with him, I can’t wait!

    1. Hi Emily! I’m so glad you get to spend Father’s Day with your dad! 🙂

  34. Oh this is such a gorgeous post filled with kind words and I love that not only do you pay tribute to your wonderful dad but also your stepdad. Thanks for sharing

    Laura x

    1. Aww thank you so very much Laura! 🙂

  35. My husband is just like your dad, he takes my daughter everywhere with him. They are best buds! Growing up without a father of my own, that is what i loved most about my husband. He is just a such a great Dad and I know my daughter will grow up with those memories, just like you did!

    1. Hi Priscilla! Your daughter is blessed to have such a great dad! 🙂

  36. Vy Nguyen

    You’re so lucky as you received the love of both your dad and your stepdad. I really miss my dad when I read your blog.

  37. This was such a touching post. You are so very lucky to have had two wonderful father’s in your life. I am so very sorry for your loss of your step fathers.

    1. Thank you so much Nicole…

  38. These are such great gifts for fathers! I still need to get mine and my children’s father a gift!

    1. Thanks Britney! 🙂

  39. Ah such amazing memories. I have a few memories of my childhood but nothing special like yours. Your so lucky to feel so loved

  40. Cheers to all the dads out there. I definitely know that daddy’s girl feeling since I’m the only daughter among brothers. It’s nice in a way. And as much as you lost your dad, you still feel loved and blessed to have two dads.

    1. Thank you so much Darlene! 🙂

  41. Awww I love this post! It’s always amazing seeing the bond between father and daughter. Even better, you were blessed to have two amazing fathers in your life! Great Father’s Day gifts too.. I’m stealing your ideas for my dad! Lol.

  42. Erica Schwarz

    Aww I love that you had that experience with bot your dad and your stepdad. My husband is not my daughter’s father, but she might as well be. He adores her, as does her dad/my ex. Plenty of love to go around!

    1. Thanks Erica! 🙂

  43. Cindy s.

    What a beautiful post! Sorry for the lost of your father. I cam def tell the love you had for him! Cool gift items on your post too!

    1. Thanks Cindy! 🙂

  44. Few things are as precious as a daddy daughter relationship.

    1. Hi Sara! So true! 🙂

  45. This is such a sweet and special post hun! Love this so much!

    1. Thanks Danielle!!:)

  46. This was very sweet. Step-parents aka bonus parents can be such a blessing! The thing my father and I always shared was education. He was very serious about academics and he instilled that in me by first introducing me to books. I may not have been able to have every toy I asked for, or fast food or sweets, or expensive trips with my friends, but I was always able to go to the bookstore with him and get all the books I could carry in my little arms haha

    1. Aww that is such a sweet memory Atembe!:)

  47. These are such great Father’s Day Pics. Love the personalization! That pillow is too cute!

    1. Thanks Christie! 🙂

  48. Pat

    Thanks for reminding me of my special dad. He died when I was only eight.

    1. I’m so sorry you had such loss at such a young age Jill…

  49. There’s a special relationship between dads and daughters that withstands the test of time.

    1. Hi Jill… so very true… 🙂

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