Today we celebrate all the father's that love, care, and tend to their families. So, without further ado- Happy Father's Day, sweetheart. Today we honor you a little more, and love you a little harder. There are so many things I want to say to you, but the words I come up with seem to fall short but I'll try. You truly encompass the most Christ-like heart, and your actions speak volumes to that statement. You work 24/7 to provide for our family and that is something I will always be grateful for. And you know what...the best part of you is that you are not like the dads on tv. As I was trying to come up with all the wonderful things I want to share about you I found this article, "The Truth about Dads" by Chad Phares. Once I finished reading it, it brought me to tears because I felt like that the author wrote it having YOU in mind. (Below is a small excerpt from the article.)
"I’m not the dad you see on TV.
You know the one I’m talking about—the one who is more concerned about remote controls than report cards. The guy who spends more time bowling with his buddies than brushing his daughter’s hair. The dad who can name each of his football team’s top draft picks but can’t remember his kids’ birthdays.
Yeah, that dad.
Well, I’m not him—and neither are most of us. Sure, we’ve got our quirks, but the majority of dads are infinitely more nuanced than the two-dimensional cardboard cutouts we are depicted to be. Listen, I’m not going to feign indignation about the stereotype—but I’m not going to embrace it either.
The truth is . . . we agonize over our kids. I constantly wonder if I am teaching my children the right life lessons. Are they even listening? Are they learning from my example—or in spite of it? Am I spending enough one-on-one time with each individual child? Do they feel supported? Do they feel loved? And these are just the questions I ask myself each day before breakfast.
So, that’s the truth about dads. We fall short. We second-guess. We struggle. We hurt. We mess up.
But here’s the real truth:
We love. We cherish. We honor. We care. Not because we made ourselves that way, but because we have inherited our best traits and our greatest characteristics from the Father of us all.
So yeah, I’m not the dad you see on TV. I’m also not the father that our Heavenly Father is. For the moment, I’m somewhere in between—but I’m OK with that. Because I know in which direction I’m headed—and it’s not toward the remote control."
Tim, I want you to know WE LOVE YOU!! Caleb, Baby B, and I love you to pieces!!! We love that you aren't like the dads on TV. We love that you are different than the rest. (plus- different is awesome, cooler, and rad!) So, along with all the love we have toward you we also want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for all that you do to make us feel happy, safe, and full. You're DINO-mite ;)
Happy Father's Day, mi amor. Today is your special day.