I figured that it was entirely appropriate to jump back into the blogosphere after having a baby to talk about Father’s Day and the special fathers in my life.

Let’s start with my own dad.

I love my dad.

Anyone who knows my dad knows that he is quiet, bookish, smart, and filled with a dry humor that slips easily under the radar. He loves fishing, the outdoors, accounting, and his grandkids. He is an amazing man who has devoted his life after 30 to family and working hard for them.

Did I mention already that I love my dad?

I’m pretty sure that he and I have not always seen eye-to-eye, but then what parent and child do? I think back to my childhood, and memories of early morning fishing trips (the kind that start before the sun comes up), hiking Northern Minnesota, and walking me down the aisle on my wedding day flood my mind I am thankful for these memories because they helped shape who I am today not just as a person, but as a mother.

Oh, and my kiddos are crazy about their Papa!! (Not to mention that their Papa is crazy about them as well!) There are few things that I love more than watching my son get super excited to know that Papa is in town to play with him, or to see his face light up when Papa is on the other end of a FaceTime. It fills my heart to see so much love between those two!

So here is to my dad (aka Papa to my kids)…thanks for being exactly who you are for all these years. You have taught me so much about myself, about life, and about what Godly men look like. I love you so very much! And thanks for being an incredible Papa to Jude and Everly. Jude is nuts about you and the time that you spend together, I know that the memories you are giving him now will be ones that he won’t too quickly forget.

Then there’s my incredibly amazing husband.

I have given him a couple shout-outs as an amazing dad before this one, but this is special. This time he has his daughter to add to the list. 🙂

I love my husband. No, I adore my husband.

He is not only one of the hardest working men that I know, but he is also one of the most loving and giving men that I know. Without doubt, our kids have a father who cares deeply for them. He would do anything for them and to make sure that they have the most amazing childhood and subsequently the most amazing futures. He works tireless on their behalf, plays and laughs with them, and holds them close when things aren’t right in their worlds. When I watched him become a dad for the first time when our son was born, I thought my heart would burst. He was completely head over heels for this little boy. Then I watched him actually be a dad, and I fell in love with him all over again as they play and laugh from dusk until dawn.

When our daughter was born a few short weeks ago, I watched him fall in love with this tiny little girl in a whole different way. I watched him protect her differently, hold her differently, and speak to her differently. She has captured his heart as only a daughter can, and just thinking about them together brings tears to my eyes. He will be her greatest protector and her greatest champion, and will teach her brother to be the same.

These men have changed my life in the most amazing ways. One loved me from the moment I was born and helped show me the way in this life. He set me up to be the woman that my future husband would meet. The other has become my partner in every way and makes me a better person every day. They both love my children with full hearts and open arms, and I am eternally grateful for the impact they will both have on those little souls.

I love them both from the deepest places in me.

Happy Father’s Day Dad. You are amazing and I am proud to call you my Dad. And as an added bonus, Happy “Papa” Day from your grandkids. They are better already because you are a part of their lives.

Happy Father’s Day babe. I adore you completely and am so proud to have you be the father of our kiddos. They are indeed blessed to have you as their leader, their champion, their protector, and their daddy.

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