Remember the day that you found out that you were going to be a dad? The timing was unexpected but I will never forget how your smile lit up your whole face.
We’re not perfect parents. We don’t have it all figured out. I know you often feel as if you are failing as a father. I think most parents feel that way. There is so much pressure. But you’re not failing. I’ve watched you embrace and grow in your role as a father in such a way gives me nothing but respect for you.
I often watch from the window as you round the corner of the garage at the end of the day and can see the weariness on your shoulders. I love watching your whole demeanor change as you see the boys running towards you yelling, “Daddy’s home!” The memory of you leaning towards me to whisper, “I love this part of the day,” as you hugged the boys tightly is one of my favorites.
They want to be like you: “be big like Daddy,” “strong like Daddy,” “to fix things like Daddy,” “to wrestle like Daddy,” “to know things like Daddy.” I hear that and more.
They don’t know it yet, but each of the boys are so much like you. Yes, they are each unique, but I see you in them. The way they look, their mannerisms, and parts of their personalities remind me of you.
Thank you for working hard to be intentional with them and build memories. When there is always so much to do, you make time for them. It’s a priceless gift.
I admire your gentleness, patience, and self-control when that last button has been pushed. I respect the humility you exhibit when patience loses and you ask for their forgiveness.
You steal my heart again and again as I watch the boys curl up against you on the couch as you read to them in the evenings. I cherish the way in which you carefully listen to their questions and answer with wisdom and truth.
You are a loyal protector and provider. You cherish, love, teach, nurture, give, and lead your family without complaint.
Little eyes are watching. Little ears are listening. Little feet are following.
Thank you for being a man and father that they can look up to and respect. Thank you for being someone that is pointing them to Jesus. Of all the things you do, that is the greatest gift of all.
I love you.