In this episode, I chat with my sister-in-law, Bailee. We talk about how she didn’t know who her dad was until she was about 4 or 5 and what led to her meeting him. We also talk about how she was constantly in between houses growing up, as well as her young marriage right out of High School.*

Bailee’s parents were only 17 when they found out there was a baby coming. Bailee’s maternal grandpa was the main influencer in her mom cutting all ties with her dad. Of course, being a little girl without a dad, she didn’t know anything different. A simple telemarketing phone call would change her life forever.

Bailee said growing up, she bounced around from house to house. Still with her mom, but they moved a lot. “I’m 22 right now and the last time I counted, I have moved 24 times.” When Bailee was about 10, she said her mom and step-dad had bought a house, so things settled down. It was actually pretty close to her dad’s house, so she was able to go back and forth. A couple years later, some turmoil surfaced and they were back and forth, once again. A couple years after that, her mom divorced the guy.

When Bailee was 14, her mom remarried and they ended up moving an hour away. About a year later, Bailee decided she didn’t like living there, so she moved in with her dad. By this time, Bailee was a Sophomore in High School. At 17, Bailee and her step-mom were not getting along, so Bailee moved in with her grandparents.

Five month out of High School, Bailee got married to my brother. She shares some struggles and compromises they had to make, as well as a couple funny stories along with that. Bailee also offers advice to any couple – young or not – about marriage.

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Listen to the full episode to hear all the details.

*Please note: this is the guest’s story. Their story is how they perceive it. It is not my judgement or responsibility to determine whether or not this story and the things said are true. Please be open minded when listening to/reading these stories.

-Bailee’s book recommendation: The Four Agreements
-Bailee’s song recommendation: Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean (listen on the Hard Knocks guest list on Spotify)
Bailee’s Instagram

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