Kids, I was watching your daddy love you tonight, and I felt compelled to tell you (again) about the kind of man your daddy is. I do not apologize for repeating myself because when someone loves you, it’s never tiring to hear it again. And again. And again.
Love is truly a narrative that never gets old–a story begging to be told and then re-told.
In the years to come, I know you’ll see it for yourselves–experience him yourself–but I want you to read later what I see and hear now. Because love can kinda be like a puzzle. Sometimes you realize, piece by piece, just how much someone loves you. And when you start to see all of the pieces together (over time), the picture becomes really awesome…and really beautiful…and really clear.
So tonight, I want to share a few more pieces for you to place in your puzzle–a puzzle depicting the man your daddy is and the many ways he loves us.
Your daddy is the kind of man who takes you to the Hardware store to buy you suet and a holder for your birds. Why? Because he knows you love birds and wants to encourage that love.
Your daddy is the kind of man who makes you take your shoe off in the backyard, so you know which foot to lead with when throwing a baseball. Why? Because he’s super creative when it comes to patiently teaching you new skills.
Your daddy is the kind of man who comes home with a pack of new socks for your mommy. Why? Because in the middle of the work week…in the middle of Costco…he knows your mommy needs new socks and is thinking ahead.
Your daddy is the kind of man who makes a point to get together with two of his high school friends, twice a month, to study God’s Word and talk about life. Why? Because he’s a man who values community and wants to grow.
Your daddy is the kind of man who can make biscuits, clean a toilet, and dry a wet head of blonde hair. Why? Because he isn’t bound by stereotypical roles and gender jobs.
Your daddy is the kind of man who is content living in a small house. Why? Because he knows that a bigger mortgage and a bigger house isn’t the goal and isn’t his aim.
Your daddy is the kind of man who gives your mommy three slips of white paper and asks her to note the things that bring her peace, joy, and difficulty. Why? Because he wants to know better how to pray for her.
Your daddy is the kind of man who plays a game of pink crystals and purple unicorns in the middle of a local coffee shop. Why? Because he loves to spend time with you…doing the things you love.
Your daddy is the kind of man who peels oranges, pours coffee, and starts the car for your mommy before work. Why? Because he’s a team player and wants to love her well by serving her well.
Your daddy is the kind of man who makes a special trip on a Thursday afternoon (after a long day of work) to the Hobby shop. Why? Because he wants to help you make your AWANA, Grand Prix car…SUPER AWESOME and SUPER FAST.
Your daddy is the kind of man who holds you tight in the morning, rubbing your back and scratching your “itchies.” Why? Because his love is rarely in a hurry.
Your daddy is the kind of man who takes you shopping for “girly shoes.” Why? Because he loves making you feel special.
Your daddy is the kind of man who never, EVER complains (and I mean NEVER) that your mommy has asked him to clean the shower since the day they married. Why? Because he’s a servant.
Your daddy is the kind of man who sends birthday e-mails, buys “Sympathy” cards, and surprises his co-workers with acts of kindness. Why? Because he’s an intentional, thoughtful man who loves in kind ways.
Your daddy is the kind of man who buys you the fun-colored cereal and the seasonal-flavored Oreos. Why? Because he loves surprising you with sugary goodness.
Your daddy is the kind of man who makes a hot breakfast (at least once) on the weekend. Why? Because he loves to gift us with pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and bacon.
Your daddy is the kind of man who takes you to gymnastics class alongside all of the other mommies. Why? Because he wants to be a part of what you’re doing…even if it’s “not his thing.”
Your daddy is the kind of man who takes the time to thoroughly explain why he expects what he expects and why we do what we do. Why? Because he wants you to understand the motivation behind his decisions, the love behind the expectations.
Your daddy is the kind of man who cries in the dining room after you go to school. Why? Because he’s overwhelmed by the reality that you’re now able to walk yourself to school.
Your daddy is the kind of man who takes it upon himself to teach you the events leading up to Holy Week, helping you create a “Holy Week Countdown Calendar,” complete with hand-drawn pictures on a giant bulletin board. Why? Because he’s such a creative, thoughtful daddy who values teaching you about the things that REALLY MATTER.
Your daddy is the kind of man your mommy wants to write about at 10:02 PM on a Friday night (after a long and tiring week). Why? Because he’s just that awesome.
So put those pieces in your puzzle box, kids; I imagine this is going to be a 10,000+ puzzle when all is said and loved.