Being a parent certainly has its challenges, but having a good partner can make all the difference!
In 2014, Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline were faced with the challenge of raising Bryan’s nieces, Kris and Jordan and nephew, Til after the sudden death of Luke’s sister and brother-in-law. The duo stepped up to the job together, added the three children to their existing two sons Bo and Tate, and they never looked back.
"I do it with my wife, hand in hand," Bryan beamed while giving a nod to Caroline while on the TODAY Show. "The work that she puts in with the children ... I mean, it's just amazing. I look at her phone, and it's just pinging and vibrating and going off constantly, and it's the children. She's really stepped in and just crushed that role at being someone for them.”
Caroline may make it look easy, but she candidly opened up on the ‘Get Real Podcast,’ saying that sometimes her role can be more of an emotional rollercoaster than she likes to admit.
“Trust me, there are times when I just lose my s—," Caroline shared. "Sometimes I just go sit in the shower and cry. I struggle with Luke being gone all the time and how to make everybody happy... Our family thing is, you can take two paths in life: one of being bitter and angry, or one of I’m gonna find the happiness in this and make the best of something that’s horrible.”
Luke and Caroline’s family have faced unimaginable losses. Luke older brother Chris was killed in a car accident when Luke was only 19 years old. Luke's older sister Kelly passed away in 2007, her cause of death unknown. Luke's brother-in-law Ben passed in 2014 from a heart attack.
"I think it's important for me to try to be honest when I'm having good days, bad days," Luke shared. "Then the way I conduct myself, hopefully, and the way our family can inspire some people, that's the special element. If there's any positive side to any of this thing, I have so many fans walk up and go, 'You know, just the way you lived through tragedy's really inspired our family to get through our own personal tragedies and struggles."
Luke finds comfort in his faith and finds solace in knowing that everyone has a story to share. "You've got to lean on your faith and understand that you have to really hold true that it was God's plan. Just when I think I've got it bad, you meet somebody else that's dealing with really, really challenging stuff."
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