Our oldest son Matthew is an amazing single dad to his fourteen-year-old daughter, Mariah. He has raised her on his own since she was a baby, and is there for her in every way she needs. He is not only her dad, but her friend. Matthew has achieved a balance of tough love, discipline and having fun together with MJ (his nickname for Mariah). He takes her on 'dates', to teach her the way she deserves to be treated, and surprises her with flowers or something special now and then for no reason. He has set the bar high for when she does start dating...teaching her how a young woman should be treated. The proof is in the pudding. Mariah has a 4.0 grade point average, plays volleyball and basketball, and is in the orchestra and youth group. She plans to attend Kansas University and become a pediatrician. She has friends from young children to adults. She is caring, compassionate, witty, courteous, respectful and responsible. And even at fourteen, she is sure her dad hung the moon.