Dad, Daddy, Pops, Papa…

A few days ago the kids and I started thinking about the upcoming day to celebrate daddies. Punky was insistent that we just had to make Daddy a card. And it needed GLITTER! Inwardly, I cringed. Outwardly, I said, “I bet Daddy will love it!” So we gathered up glue, glitter, markers, paper, and some cookie sheets to work on. Punky got right to work drawing a picture of Daddy and asked for help writing her name. She has practiced this quite a bit so I wrote it out on a separate sheet of paper so she could copy it. I was really afraid glitter would end up everywhere, so I was in charge of the glue this time. She would draw it out, I traced it with glue, and she did the glitter. That was a little scary, but she did pretty well! Bay drew a lot of squiggles, but we did some glitter smiles with a little more help from Mommy than Punky required. The final product was perfectly hand made and Pinterest worthy…. or at least fridge worthy! Daddy is sure to love them!

Fatherless

Today will be topped off with a very manly meal of steak and potatoes with banana splits for dessert and lots of bedtime snuggles. But none of it is enough to show just how much we appreciate him. How much I appreciate him. He works ridiculous hours but still manages to make family dinner time a priority. After working all week, he still makes time to help take care of the kids, house, yard, and the endless to-do lists. He has always put family first, be that his parents, our own kids, or my parents and extended family. I am constantly amazed at how deep his kindness runs and how intensely he loves.

I’ve heard that if you want to know if your partner is “the one” that you should put his or her name in 1 Corinthians 13 where it describes what love is and is not, and if it’s all true, hold on to that person.

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

~1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Is my hubby perfect? Of course not. We have things we don’t agree on and there are times I want to kick him in the shin. But he is patient and kind. He isn’t jealous, boastful, or conceited. He isnt selfish or easily angered. He doesn’t hold the past against anyone. He does his best to act in a Godly way. He is truthful. In other words, he is perfect…for me!

I can’t imagine how he has put up with me all of these years except by the grace of God, but I know I am grateful he chooses to every day. And I am especially grateful to be raising my kids with him. There is nothing more precious in my day than the way he and the kids look at each other with such adoration! Fathers are such an important part of a person’s life; just take a look at these statistics.

  • 90% of homeless and runaway children are fatherless.
  • Fatherless families are 44% more likely to be living in poverty
  • 71% of adolescent drug abusers are fatherless.
  • Fatherless children are 9 times more likely to drop out of school
  • Fatherless children are 2 times more likely to commit suicide.
  • 70% of teen pregnancies occur in homes without a father.

Stats from fathers.com

It is an epidemic in our country of massive proportion and severe consequences. How blessed we are though, that we need not stay fatherless! We have a heavenly Father that is willing to step in to those broken places and fill those holes in our hearts.

I didn’t mean for this post to turn into a sermon, so if you’ve stuck with me this far, thanks for reading and hearing me out. Give an extra hug to your dad if you’re blessed enough to have around him still. And do your best to let the daddy of your kiddos know how much you appreciate him. Finally, say an extra prayer for the fatherless families in our world, then one of thanks to your Father above.

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