Can I tell you about the most amazing Dad on the planet? He belongs to me but he's not my Dad. He is my husband. Our daughter has to be one of the luckiest little girls on Earth. She has the greatest Dad ever. And she'll tell you that and much more.
He is the military style parent. Not a pushover and certainly not one to tangle with. He won't put up with disrespect, disobedience or whining. He's quick with a spanking if it's needed.
He's also the most selfless, loving person I've ever known. He makes Addie pancakes at least three times a week. He leads our family prayers every night that he's home (and most nights that he isn't). He is our protector and leader and lover of our souls.
The day he taught Addie how to ride her bike is one I'll never forget. I wasn't there. But when I came home my little angel was sitting on the couch with an icepack on her mouth and blood all over her shirt. She had turned too sharp and took the handlebars in the teeth. Her gums were black and blue and her teeth were loose. And her Dad made her ride the bike home. And she's never, ever been afraid to get back on and ride.
A few things Addie wants to say about her Dad:
"Well - this year whenever he found a birds nest on our porch he didn't spray it down. He let the babies stay and grow up and be strong. They're flying on their own now!"
"He buys us pool passes!"
"His pancakes are fantastic, like a real deal chef's."
"He's a fantastic Dad and helps Mom put me to bed every night."
"I hope Dad reads this!"
"We love you so much!!!!!!"
"It's our pleasure to have you in our family." :)
"PS - I think the mother bird is feeding her babies right now! 6/18/11 - 8:18pm"
"(I also really wish I could keep one.)"
Jesus, thank you for this man. Thank you for building this family. Our lives are forever blessed because you joined us together and you are at the center. We praise you for all the goodness that we've been able to experience this year. Please be with each and every person who does not have a Dad like this one. It is in your Holy Name I pray. Amen.
You're the best Dad on the planet!!!