June 21, 2009

To the Daddy of my Children on FATHER's DAY

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!" In our case...I hope they fall as closely to the "tree" as possible.

Thank you.

  • Thank you for being the guy who was unashamed to coo at our babies....regardless of who was watching.
  • Thank you for being the guy who changed an obscene amount of diapers. Cloth diapers, Disposable diapers, you have done it all.
  • Thank you for being the guy who can tell when his wife has had enough, and takes over without a fuss.
  • Thank you for making dinner, and taking care of our oldest children while I was on bed rest. I teased you about burning dinner....but I was beyond appreciative.
  • Thank you for being the guy who is OK with stretchmarks, and thinks his wife is still beautiful even if she's still hanging on to too many pounds. (working on that one!)
  • Thank you for understanding that childhood goes so fast, and for eating up every minute that we are blessed to have with our kids.
  • Thank you for not being an authoritarian father that we see far too much of.
  • Thank you for not being a permissive and negligent father...which we also see too much of.
  • Thank you for being so incredibly loyal to the 6 of us.
  • Thank you for being so fun.
  • Thank you for working so hard.

Most importantly...thank you for being THE example for our children. I hope our sons grow up to be EXACTLY like you, and I hope our daughters marry a man with the same qualities you possess.

The poem I put in your Father's Day card this year:

What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad
Author Unknown
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