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photo edited by www.Mellowtown.comCONTEMPLATION: I have tried to blog about this topic multiple times. I have at least 3 drafts I’ve starting in regards to my Dad and the struggles that have taken over his life and infiltrated his family in many ways throughout the last 20 years. I just never felt right to post them, knowing that there was never any hope in them. I now have some hope to share and I’m ecstatic to do so, but before I do I need to share a brief back story. Here ya go!

MY DAD
William (Bud) White, a man of passion, creativity, entertainment, compassion, sensitivity and amazing talent, but inside of him you’ll also find addiction, rage, anger, insecurity, bitterness, unforgivness and the inability to express his feelings, but most importantly…….my Dad. These are some words that just come out of me when thinking of him.

THE BACK STORY
My brother and I come from a broken home. A home of multiple divorces and confusion amongst the both of us as to who to receive guidance and love from. Was it our Mom and Dad or our grandparents, whom helped raise us in our early years or both. These were questions that I’m sure stirred in our little adolescent minds back then. Our Dad was an amazing musician as well as our mother who played night clubs to put food on the table. Therefore, I would say that we grew up with very unconventional childhoods compared to most, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything as its made us who we are today. It was tough then and I can say we still feel some residue at times from it. But it was definitely cool to say our parents were rock stars by trade….well, local rock stars at least.

THE FAMILY DISCONNECT

I lost touch with our Dad was when my older brother and I moved in with our Mother full time when I was the age of twelve. What was perceived in my mind is that once we were out, our Dad felt that his job was done. I didn’t really get a call from him much after that and I think I remember only one fishing trip since then, compared to the every weekend weekend outings that we once had when we lived with him. During this time I really had no idea what he did throughout the year until I saw him at Christmas time at the grandparents, never knowing that he was just going downhill on many levels. Throughout these years he just never seemed happy with life, happy with his relationship with his own Dad and honestly, I don’t remember my Dad really ever being happy unless he was playing music or fishing. Everything else was just an inconvenience and work.

THINGS I MISSED OUT ON
Throughout these years of losing touch with my Dad in my early teen years, were some of the years that I needed him most, but the years that I actually lived with him were honestly some of my most memorable though. Mostly I needed him to tell me who I was and why I was feeling the things I was feeling as a young teenager; how to defend myself, take care of myself and how and when to talk to girls. He was quite good at that I must say, as landed my Mom and she was, is and always will be a knockout! Needless to say, I needed him something terribly and still miss him and need him in many ways that he may never understand.

THE HOPE
Now here’s the part where the HOPE comes in. I wrote in one of my drafted blogs that “I haven’t talked to my Dad in over two years.” I can’t say that now cause HOPE has truly entered the equation since he now has a phone and I’ve been able to call him once a week for the past 4 weeks. They have been interesting conversations to say the least, but amazing. I had actually given up on my Dad a long time ago and even found it tough to pray for him anymore. These recent conversations have rekindled my hope in what God can do. My father has never acknowledged his grandkids, let alone, that I even had two sons nor did he ask how they were. EVER! It was always about him and that’s that. He was always a very “woe is me” type of guy and very overcome by various addictions. Super talented musician, as I mentioned above, and loves animals and some times people, but just didn’t love himself. I’ve never seen any change in him over 20 years…….UNTIL this past month. Only after the 4th call, and with me not telling him how to live his life, as I used to in the past, he has written me a letter asking about the boys in detail.He has also mentioned on the phone that he’s so proud of me and he loves me very much. This truly has made my decade! For most, this wouldn’t mean a thing, but for me this means EVERYTHING and shows that God can change what we think is the impossible. As far as I know, my dad is still living his same life on the outside, but for the first time in 20 years I’m seeing his life changing from the inside.

In the words of my pastor Pete Wilson, “our lives we live are not about being powerful, beautiful, rich or talented, it’s about your character” and I’m seeing that happen and transform right before my eyes, in a once hopeless man who I call my father.

MY HOPE
I’m not sure it this means anything you, but sometimes we just need to write something for our own self to help us deal with things in our own way. I am a firm believer in the face that we’re not defined by our hardships, but by the way we respond to them. This is my story, and I’ve embraced it. That is only going to make me a better father to my two boys, Nolan and Parker.

 

Thanks for reading. If you connected with anything that I’ve shared, I’d love to hear your story as well.

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  • http://www.darrentyler.com darrentyler

    thanks for writing this Daniel. gives me hope.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Man thanks so much for the shout out. I’m so glad it gives you hope. That’s exactly why I wrote it.

  • http://mangalmachines3.wordpress.com mangalmachines3

    Your blog is very good to see it got some amazing stuff in this blog

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Thanks so much for your encouragement and for reading. Feel free to subscribe at the top right of my homepage and I’ll send you an email each time I list a blog post.

  • http://Mindpunch.cim Ron Roark

    Thanks man for being so transparent and sharing that. We have more in common than I thought. I wish life allowed more time for us to truly live life together and share our struggles as well as lift each other up. Proud of you bud! I am so glad we crossed paths again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      I’m always amazed at how many people have a similar story. Thanks so much for letting me and if there’s ever anything I can do on my end, don’t hesitate to let me know.

  • Ben Miller

    Daniel,

    Great story! I pray the reconciliation and healing continue. I am going through almost an identical situation with my dad right now. He has been MIA for a while and we recently reconnected. God is good.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Wow, crazy timing that you’re walking through the identical situation right now with your dad. I pray that it only gets better and that you never lose hope and never stop loving your pops. Someone once said to me that “he’ll always be your dad, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” Thanks for sharing Ben!

  • http://schesnut.wordpress.com/ Steve Chesnut

    This is great news. Thank you, for sharing hope with others.

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rom 15:13

  • tammy

    WOW! I don’t even no where to begin on this. This was a very good story & i really enjoyed reading it, i’m glad you shared it with your friends. I like you also came from a broken home.My dad is no longer around(i lost him in 1991)but the times that he was around was hard as well for me. My parents divorced when me & my brother were 6 & 7 & my sister was barely a year old. Growing up i didn’t see him much cause he stayed busy either with being in the Air Force or he just didn’t want to come around. Like you the only good memories i have of my dad was when me & my brother chose to go live with him when we were teenagers we had some good times. We did things as a family but then i guess he got tired of us & sent us back to our mom. I always tried to keep in contact with him but it was hard as he continued to stay busy with his work. I think the only addiction my dad was his work now my mom did remarry & so did my dad, but the differences i had with my step parents is that i got along with my step-mom & i didn’t even try to get along with my step-dad. I even told my mom that it was going to be a big mistake marrying him because he was an alcoholic & i don’t like him because of that. He was abusive & i hated him & so that is when me & my brother chose to go live our dad. When my mom realized that his drinking drove her older kids away she left him but he refused to leave so we stayed away till he was completely out of our mother’s life. The stories i could tell you of what my step-dad did to me & my brother(cause he never laid a hand on our kid sister)due to the alcohol would make you dad an angel(not that i’m saying your dad hit you & bryan). I always knew in my heart that was never hope for my step-dad cause of the way he was he downed us for going to church he told us he never believed in God & i hated him for that. Now he’s dead & i’m not sorry for saying this, but i’m glad he’s dead. Now on the other hand it’s my dad that i wished wasn’t. i miss him so much & when i read this story it made me think:if he was still around i would do my best to keep him informed of what was going on my life. Between me & my sister he has 8 grandkids that he will never get to see till they all get to heaven. And that to me is very sad. I am very glad you shared this part of your life & i really hope that you & your dad stay in close contact with each other & with bryan & hopefully he will see you & bryan in Nolan’s, Parker’s, Jackson’s & Justin’s eyes. I will pray for you & bryan to not lose hope on reconnecting with your dad. I know it had to been really hard for bryan to write “When you come around”. I cry when i hear that song.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Wow Tammy, thanks so much for sharing your story.

      • tammy

        your very welcome daniel. i subscribed above so i can receive emails about new blogs. i’m listening to bryan’s song now & it makes me miss my dad more & more. you & bryan are so lucky to have Bud in your life please cherish it as much as you can. i know you both love your dad very much & i know there is hope for you & bryan to get closer with your dad.

  • Dave Bolton

    You know I can relate to this. It takes great courage to share your feelings like this. Way to go Dan!

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Thanks so much for reading Dave. I’m telling you, my heart lit up when I noticed that you had subscribed to my blog and even more when I read your comment above. Love you all and please tell the family hello from me and feel free to share the story.

  • Emily

    Daniel:

    Thank you for sharing you story.

    It’s confronting to read the thoughts and feelings that you had as a child and that you have now that I relate to as well. My “Dad” has always been absent as well, not always in the physical sense but definitely in the emotional sense. It’s a shame really that we as adults still live with the “baggage” that was created for us.

    After many years of asking to see my “Dad” (he lives 20 minutes aways and I have not seen in in 7 years), calling him frequently, etc., and receiving nothing back, I have lost hope. I think more than anything it’s a protection mechanism and to be quite honest, I’m comfortable with that (after many years of disappointment it’s easier). I have learned that his decisions are not my decisions and I do not have to allow the negativity in my life or my family’s life. I still remain to do the right thing, i.e., call when I should, always say I love you, etc., because I have to live with my decisions, regardless of what he decides to do.

    I have however, be VERY blessed to have what I call “surrogate Dads” in my life, that have played the role in my life, walking me down the aisle, helping me figure out lives challenges, etc.

    Again, thank you for sharing, I hope your story continues to provide confront to others as it has for me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      I love the part where you say “I have to live with my decisions, regardless of what he decides to do.” You’re right on. I believe that my dad felt more open to talk with me once my needs that I wanted from him went away. I finally grew confident enough in who I was and who God had created me to be, that I could now love my dad for who he was without trying to change him. That’s when the true change comes. You’re on the right path and keep your head up and stay full of hope.

  • http://refineus.org Justin Davis

    Powerful post Daniel! thank you for your honesty and openness. I’ve got more ‘father’ issues than I know what to do with at this point. I really appreciate the words you have shared here as they have helped me process some important things in my own life!

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Justin, I really appreciate your comments and I’m glad that what I had to say has helped you in some way, as many of your blog posts have been a great encouragement to me. Let’s grab some coffee at some point.

  • http://mergeworship.com adam herod

    Great to hear that about your Dad. I think about him (and our fishing trip when I first heard “When You Come Around”) every time I hear that song and say a quick prayer for him. Glad to see HOPE is opening up new doors. Praying that this story will have the happiest of endings.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Yeah man, I forgot I’ve played that song for you. That Colorado trip was actually where a lot of this blog topic began to process in my head and heart. I agree, that song is very powerful. I’ve seen it make grown men weep right in front of me. Thanks for your comment.

      • http://mergeworship.com adam herod

        I was one of those grown men…:-)

  • Grant

    Daniel, I know you know this, but I wanted to comment on your blog. I’m really proud of you for writing this and getting it out. I believe that whether or not it connected with anyone else, you needed to write this for YOU. You did that, and now look at what happens.

    I heard Pete talking last year about giving people the gift of going second. That is to say sometimes all it takes is for someone to raise their hand, be transparent and say “hey, here’s my deal.” Somehow that tends to free other people to say, “yeah, me too,” and a dialogue ensues.

    I often find myself navigating the emotional mine field of my own “dad” issues as well. So… yeah, me too. Thanks for embracing your story, being brave enough to share it in this forum and for giving us the gift of going second. God bless you, brother.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      You know that blog post from our Pastor that you speak of was the one that made me was to go to Crosspoint.tv. To be compared to that post at all is a true honor. Thanks so much for this comment Grant and for understanding the heart behind it.

      “We not only go through the trenches of life for ourselves, but for the sake of others so we may know how to pull them out in the future.” -Daniel White

  • Jaime

    Daniel, Amazing words! Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that this blog helps you heal and I am so proud of you for reaching out to your Dad. Your story hits very close to home. Reading your blog my eyes were full of tears and yet happiness for you. I can only imagine how good it felt for you to receive that letter, I hope it lifted your spirit and took the weight off your shoulders that you have felt. God Bless

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Thanks so much Jaime for for reading, but most of all for the encouragement! There are just so many people out there unable to forgive and it ends up ruining their lives. Life is too short and I didn’t want to miss out on another day lacking in hope that God can do anything.

  • vickie harrel

    Daniel:

    Truly heartbreaking story, I visited your grandparents many times when you and your brother lived with them, and even saw your parents perform a couple of times. They were very talented and I believe that is where the family started to fall apart was due to the late night performances. I don’t think it is easy to raise a family on the road. I believe there is always something in our past that reflects on what actions we take and the path we choose. Some can move on while others can’t deal with it and end up alone because of it. Because you have wrote this biography of your relationship with your father and Brian his song; has shown that you are trying to move along and as we all can see you both have made a good life for yourselves because of it. We will never understand why parents act or do the things they choose rather than to be a loving parent. Never give up on God, faith, family or yourself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Thanks for your comments Vicky. I do know that life is hard and unless we have the right people in our lives and are willing to listen to them as well as pour in to their lives, it’s going to be even harder. I thank God for the amazing people in my life, but also that I’ve been given the strength to listen to them when they see something off in me. Life is hard and I can totally understand how my father got to where he is today, as I’m not judging him at all in this blog. I’m only stating how other peoples decisions can choose your path for you if we aren’t careful. Thanks so much for your thoughts!

  • Mary Griggs

    Your post is so profound and insightful and you and Bryan are not alone. This is what sets you a part from others. Forgiveness although difficult is possible.

    My father passed when I was 24. There were more bad memories that out weighed the good for a long time. It wasn’t until several years later that I was able to remember some of the good ones. I read a book called “Toxic Parents” and was able to finally make peace with the past. Not everything in the book applied to my situation, but it did help to put things in perspective. I couldn’t resolve years of pain in person given that he had already passed, so I wrote a very long letter and read it to him. Forgiveness came much later. I accept that he did the best he could and took into consideration on how he was raised. It certainly doesn’t make it right, but I am now able to have compassion.

    You do what is in your heart and you can’t go wrong. You should be very proud of yourself and everything you’ve accomplished. I am sure that you are wonderful Father, great brother, awesome husband, and outstanding friend to many. You are blessed to have a second chance so take it one day at a time. You’ve already taken your first step.

    Take Care,
    Mary

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your father at such an early age. Also, thanks so much for your encouraging words. It means more than you know! Thanks for reading.

  • Amy

    Look back and thank God.
    Look forward and trust God.
    Look around and serve God.
    Look within and find God!
    God closes doors no man can open and God opens doors no man can close.
    If you need God to open some doors for you just ask.
    (borrowed from Facebook)

    Best thing about today is that God offers OPPORTUNITY with each of these EVERY day.
    Today is that new day- Change things, make them new or renew-leave footprints. You can’t go back and change the past but you can improve the future.So often we place blame or ‘wish’ we were someone or some place else, or difference circumstances. Truth is…You are right where God needs you to be right now. WOW! How simple a sentence but so hard to grasp. It is up to us to find the purpose, take that step/jump and sometimes its us that has to make the difference. God doesn’t give us the people or things we want; he gives us what we need. You might have needed your Dad but maybe now God needs you there for him (your Dad).

    I came from the opposite background- God blessed me with an awesome family with our own struggles. Maybe God bless you on your healing journey:Remember nothing is impossible with God! Thank you for much for sharing your story.
    Keep moving forward! God bless!

  • pat

    Daniel, I enjoyed your blog and you are going down the right path with your father. No child has the perfect parents but since we did not choose them we learn to love them but respect from us is earned. I was from divorced parents and raised when young by grandparents and my grandfather I loved more than my father and I am not ashamed to say that. I forgave my parents[ both of them] and put my faith in God at an early age. When I was 33 my father passed but we had a lot of good times before that . They are both gone now but I remenber the good years. AS the song says ” when you walk in a storm hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark” do this and you will find the good in you father and the love. I happen to know Bryan and family and hope to met you someday. God Bless

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Thanks so much for the encouragement Pat and thanks for reading.

  • Lois O.

    Saw the link to this on Bryan’s twitter page. Been a fan of his since 1996. Wow, I’m glad that you are starting to see progess in your dad. Just goes to show you that we should never stop praying for people even when we don’t feel like it anymore. My best friend’s ex-husband is a prime example. I really don’t want to pray that he has “a come back to Jesus” experience but I know that it’s the right thing to do. He has never been content with anything in his life and continues to be that way. Sounds a little like your dad. God is good and his timing is perfect. You could be on the verge of seeing all of your years of prayer for your dad come to fruition. What an awesome testimony of the power of God that would be!

    Bryan’s song made me cry! So powerful. Has your dad heard it? Don’t know how he could hear it and not feel something. I’ll pray for you and your family and that God will heal you guys, as only he can.

  • http://www.pawort.blogspot.com pen

    Your brother’s tweet sent me here.
    I realty enjoyed your contemplative narrative.
    Thanks so much.
    I was lucky enough to have a good father until I reached 38, when he passed. Too soon.
    Your experience is very interesting, and I would imagine inspirational to those in similar situations.
    Thank you for your word on Twitter.
    If you would follow me I can respond on there.
    Thank you.
    pen

  • Gale Langford

    Daniel,

    I am so glad that you and your brother are the men you are today. The past is the past. No matter who you are and what may have happened in your life. It is what you do with your life now that matters.

    So many children today face the same issues that you write about. My son Michael, Rhonda and her brother, Booter, and my own step children, are some examples. Some of these are success stories, some may never be able to push forward and make the choice you have made to make a better life for you and your family. Just sit down and have a real heart to heart talk with Rhonda sometimes and you might look at things a little different, and thank God for the roads you have taveled that has gotten you to where you are today. Even the wrong turns.

    Micheal would blame me because his dad was never around, and it effected him greatly, also. I tried to be mother and father, to support him and give him a home, and we had some pretty tough times. Then when I remarried times got worse. Most of them were because Michael wanted something from his Dad that his Dad was not capable of giving. Now he has a phone relationship with him, and I don’t think he expects or truly wants anything else because of the man his father is.

    Michael took the same route that you took before he finaly realized that it was only hurting himself and his family. Now he is at a point in his life where he can say to me. “Mama I know now, and I am sorry for the way I treated everyone in the past. I know you could never have lived with my Dad.” (These are just examples) But the best things that he says to me is that he loves me and he understands. Now that he is older he has had to walk in my shoes, some.

    With your dad it was a choice. He chose to stay away. It was not because of anything you or your brother did or anyone one else. You, Daniel, or any of us, could have easily made the same choices. We could have all gone down the road your dad has traveled. So what I am trying to say to you is that you may need to accept what your dad is able to give you and have no expectation of what could be. He may never be the father that you might want him to be. He may just be there on the phone. God has a plan for all of us and you and I, nor your Dad will know what that is until He shows us.

    I am not saying your dad didn’t love you. I am sure he does, and I know that your mother loves you more than you know. You may think that your parents made bad choices, but I am not so sure.

    Your mother did what she had to do to support you and love you. Your dad may have made the choice to stay away because he knew he could not give you the things you wanted from him. But the facts are, no matter what you might think about your dad or mother they are what made you the man you are today. Thank God everyday for your mother and every thing she tried to do for you and your brother, and continue to pray diligently for your father.

    I love you and Pie, and I am very proud of you.

    Gale

    P.S. Sorry if I sound like I am preaching to you. Just wanted you to look at the other side of the picture.

  • Mother

    My dear son Daniel,
    I am so sorry that your father has walk a path of heartaches. I want you to know that deep inside he is a wonderful and kind person. I hope that you boys know that it is not yours or my fault that he lives this way. We all have tried to help him so many times.
    He has struggled with the apron strings being so tight as well and many other things that have had such a stronghold on him.It has enabled him to be the person and man that he could have been.
    I am so proud of the both of you my sons and am so greatful that we have such a strong mother and sons bond.
    That is something that nothing or no one can take away. God has been our strength,protector and brought us to where we are now. I will continue to be the best mother that I can be for you and the best grandmother too.
    We will continue to wait on the Lord and let him do his work.
    Love Mother
    PS: Youre father Bud will come around!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Thanks Mom for your thoughts and for reading, but mostly for your support in all that your boys do.

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  • http://groansfromwithin.com/ Kurt Willems

    God is good at taking the fragmented parts of our stories and making a beautiful mosaic out of them. Now, although I cant relate to your story completely, I do know what it is like to struggle with a parent who is dealing with drugs and overall bad choices… the kind that damage everyone who cares about them. I pray that God would continue to work in your situation and that your dad may choose a redemptive and restorative path!

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Thanks so much for your comment and for reading Kurt. Also thanks for your prayers through this process. Life is a process that we’re always walking through. I just pray that each person on this planet can embrace their journey, as I’m trying to embrace mine.

  • Jennifer M Haas

    WOW! Thanks for sharing that. I also come from a broken home. Its HARD! My father is now on his third marriage and he has changed! It also is great to see the change when we do get to see him. Even if it doesnt happen a lot. When I first heard Bryan’s song I started crying because that is exactly how I feel. It is on my Ipod and is played almost every day! I am off to take my son to school and subscribe to your blog. Thanks again, its great to know there are others out there that have the same problems with their fathers.

    Jennifer

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielcwhite danielcwhite

      Thanks so much for your reply Jennifer. Yep, there’s nothing anyone can do, they’re always our father. We just have to have unconditional love and that’s what has given me the most peace. Thanks so much for sharing and for subscribing. Don’t worry, my posts won’t always be that deep.

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    What an incredibly honest post of hope. I wish you luck with your new relationship with your dad, sounds like you’re off to a good start!

    Best,
    Cyndi

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    And I’m also fascinated by how fresh you made the routine [admit it: what you just shared has been regurgitated millions of time. ;-)].
    Ben Johnson said people don’t need to be taught as much as they need reminding.
    Good work.

    • http://danielcwhite.com admin

      Well thanks so much Lialla! I “try” my best to practice what I preach. I do fall short of my goal to do so quite often, but just keep getting back up.

      Thanks for your encouraging comment and for reading. That means a lot!

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    This post gave me goose-bumps. The honesty and authenticity of it was expressed so well, and I think that many people can relate to having a broken relationship with a parent (or both). I hope that you and your father can continue to grow a healthy relationship:)

    • http://danielcwhite.com admin

      Thanks so much for the comment Nicole. Yeah, I think I had about 4 different versions of this post before I posted it. It’s not the easiest thing for me to talk about, but as you can see by the comments, it’s a major topic in today’s society. Also, be sure and read the follow up to this post “Get Out of the Way.” It really puts a bow on it.

      Thanks again for reading & for the comments…….Cya!

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    Keep in touch with him and keep his phone turned on, if hes not there hes out cutting grass for someone, or out at the dollar general shopping, or on the porch playing guitar, like Ive seen him do many times as I rode by in my cable truck passed his house. Ive seen him have good days and not so good days. He has people looking our for him, and some some that i feel only encourage his addiction. And in small conversations with him i have heard him say he was proud of his sons, He may have a hard time saying it as pride may step in, as a man i know first hand how hard it is to talk about feelings. I think he is a good man inside, but i dont think he will ever leave that town and I often wonder about him. I dont work over there anymore but i still fish at the lake often and I ask about bud. Im intrigued by him for some reason. Maybe because he lives like an old west cowboy or hes just a simple man that doesnt need much to get by in world that is filled with so many material things that so many of us depend on. Hes one of kind and hes your dad, so keep hope and I hope you keep in touch with him. Im glad I kept in touch with my dad that Ive never lived with or spent much with although were two different people and dont see eye to eye . we set all that aside and just talk. god bless you and Bryan.

    • http://danielcwhite.com/ Daniel C White

      Thanks for your kind words & for keeping an eye out for my dad. I'm sorry for not knowing, but what is your name and have we met before?

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    Daniel, that was an inspiring story of yours!
    It lift up my soul and almost burst into tears after reading this wonderful article.
    Keep inspiring more people. ;o)

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  • Natasha

    Wow! So happy that you saw my Instagram post onDonald Millers book. Was so blessed to read this. I do not think we share our stories enough. Pretty sure The title "Hope Never Comes Too Late" was what really hit a chord for me. Pretty much been chewing in that since yesterday. SO blessed to see the way you have chosen and that you are choosing to be a better day to your kids. Thank you for sharing. Not coincidence!

  • A.H.

    I had the privilege of getting to know your father (and meeting your mother) when I attended the same treatment center with him last summer. I’ve been looking for an update on how he is doing and hoping I’ll get to see him (and your family if you’re all there) when he picks up his one year chip. Bud touched my life through his music, his laughter, and most of all his desire to start over. I hope he is doing well and continuing to touch others.

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