The following is what your momma posted on Facebook on Thanksgiving.
Today I am thankful for all God has blessed me with. Though, I am saddened by how many are going to miss out on being with their families because Black Friday has taken over Thanksgiving. I’m thankful to instill in my son the importance of presence over presents. Time is fleeting, cherish your loved ones and give thanks for what God has already given. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving was a day of doing crafts with your momma, watching the parade on TV, napping, playing and a fantastic dinner prepared by Nana. You and your momma spent the day just like she said, ” giving thanks for what God has already given.” I love your momma so much, she turned out pretty darn good. Make sure you take care of her.
I love you little man, Puppa
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Dear Lincoln, Now that inventory time is over at the store, (just ended yesterday) I thought I would catch up on some letters and photos to you. On New Years Eve Nana went up north to spend sometime with Great Grandma Boo and her sisters and your Daddy went up to visit his mom and […]
My day-to-day activities don’t revolve around fear, but I am aware of the fragile nature of life. I maintain a healthy respect for life and all the dangers that lurk around us everyday. When I became a father, my responsibilities changed more than I could have ever imagined. And with that responsibility came a great sense of accomplishment and pride. What scares me the most are things that can take that away.
Loss Of A Child
To this day, nothing in this world scares me more than the thought of losing one of my daughters. I could not imagine living in a world without the amazing spirit’s of my daughters. They make my days brighter in every way imaginable. Without them, my world would have no inspiration, love or sunshine. Everyday I am thankful because I am undeserving of such beautiful and healthy daughter’s. I know there are many parents and children out there that are not so lucky. They battle life and loss to a degree that I can’t imagine and for that, they are much stronger than me. My heart goes out to any parent that has had to suffer the loss of a child.
Loss Of My Wife
Next to losing one of my children, losing my wife is one of my biggest fears. I never questioned my ability to raise my daughters alone, but losing my wife, their mother, would be devastating. It would have affected the way I would be as a man and as a father. I feel very strongly about kids being raised in a house with a mom and a dad and my wife provides so much balance in my life and in my daughter’s life. I couldn’t bear to see my children grow up without their mother. I couldn’t bear to see my grand children grow up without their grandmother.
Loss Of Interaction
There is nothing more magical in this world than being part of a child’s world and helping them grow up. When I was with one of my daughter’s and she was figuring out something for the first time or just having a good time, I would be beside myself with happiness. It became such a part of my daily routine that I couldn’t imagine not being there as she grows up. Can you imagine never seeing your children open another Christmas present? learn to ride a bike? ace a test? graduate high school? get married? I know some loss is inevitable as kids grow older and my role as father will change over time. Everyday when I dropped off my daughter’s at school I couldn’t help but think “What if I lose all this?”
Loss Of Love
I want my daughter’s to call me 20 years from now and still love their dad that same way they do now — Okay, they don’t love me as much as they love their mom but I don’t want to give them a reason not to love me. My heart melts every time one of my daughter’s give me a hug or when they ask me to help them with something. I never want to lose that! I never want to give them a reason to never need or love their dad. I think this is another thing that dads have to work on. Just like we do with our wives, we need to build our relationships with our children. We need to learn what they love, learn their fears and learn their dreams.
Loss Of My Self
People change…we all change. I don’t expect to be the exact same person 20 years from now as I am today. What scares me is the thought of loosing my sense of responsibility as a father to my daughter’s. If I lose my self then who will they turn to in times of need and hardship? I don’t want to become apathetic about being a father. I never want to give up trying to become a better father for my daughter’s.
I’m not sure WHY you might give up trying to be a father – but that’s what scares me.
Growing up I was lost had no direction, a real troublemaker. Then one day I pushed things too far, drew on the wall with a crayon, was told not to. That was the day my luck ran out, got put into a timeout, 10 to 15 minutes mandatory time, thats hard time for a kid. Time I’ll never get back. So I prayed for forgiveness and Jesus entered my life and changed me forever. I still draw on the wall.
My number one life lesson is to “not take things for granted”, and I try to remind myself each day that this day was not guaranteed. I woke up, my kids are healthy, I have a good woman, I have a home, I put meals on the table. I’m not saying that I don’t need to do more in life. I’m saying I darn well better be grateful, and if I don’t shake hands and say thank you to God, it’s gonna keep other good things from coming into my life.
I love you little man, Puppa
Today is your Momma and Daddy’s 2 year wedding anniversary. The following is the wedding vows I wrote for your parents.
You are not the air that I breathe,
You are the sweet scent that drifts upon it
You are not the sounds that I hear,
You are the music of my life
You are not the food that I need,
You are the nourishment of my soul
You are not my will to survive
You are my reason for living
It is with you that I experience the wonders of the world
It is with you that I triumph over the challenges in my path
It is your partnership that will lead me to the fulfillment of my dreams
It is your friendship that guides me as I grow and learn
It is your patience and wisdom that calms my restless nature
It is through you that I know my true self
I do not take you for granted,
I cherish you
I do not need you,
I choose you
I choose you today in witness of all the people who love us
I choose you tomorrow in the privacy of our hearts
I choose you in strength and weakness
I choose you in health and in sickness
I choose you in joy and sorrow
I will choose you, over all others, every day for all the days of my life