Sunday, June 15, 2014

Because I'm Too Cheap to Buy A Card.

To Our Benjamin:

You get to come home to three girls this Father's Day.  Let's just think on that for a minute.

The challenges, oh, the challenges!  When we are granted and entrusted with children, our goals and priorities and dreams get shoved aside, but for something bigger.  You just had a major part in giving breath to another life on Thursday.  What could possibly be greater than that?  What made-up plans of ours could trump this reality?  You have another arrow in your hand.

I am so proud of you.  Can I keep saying that?  A lot of nights you crawl into bed next to me at 2 or 3 a.m. after a gig, and crawl out next to me at 7 a.m. trying to beat me to Olivia's door.   You are tireless, selfless, and inspiring.

Incredibly, the way you love our girls is a small picture of the way you love me.  That is undoubtably the best gift you could ever give them as a father.  It doesn't cost you anything, but yet it costs you everything.  Your selflessness cannot be disguised.  It reminds me of Jesus.  And it will always remind our girls of Jesus.  Every decision you make is a result of thinking of your family first.  You are honorable.

So, lead on.  We are following you every step of the way, wide-eyed in expectation of what God will next call you to conquer as a part of His perfect will.  Every small decision, every trivial circumstance, and all the monumental moments...they all add up to make a journey.  We are blessed beyond blessed to be on it with you.

Happy Father's Day.

"Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?  The fruit of the womb his generous legacy?  Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth.  Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children!  Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep."  - Psalms 127

Pure joy.

Little Wren resting in the hands that were literally designed just for her before the dawn of time.

Five hours after becoming a daddy of two.  
He's got a glow, don't you think!?

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