Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I have been very blessed over the course of my life to have some amazing men beside me. My dad for one, of course. Thank you, dad, for always being there, for loving me through the tough times and never giving up on me, for your guidance and protection over the year, for simply being you. I love you! Thank you to my father in law for your love and devotion to our family, for always being there, for all the long talks over the years, for loving me as I am. Thank you, Grandpa Mac, for teaching me the value of family and sticking together through thick and thin, for showing me a generous heart.
And my sweet Travis. Thank you for giving me four beautiful children who have changed my life in ways I never knew possible. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am to walk this journey with you as we face each new day. What a blessing your laughter and joking bring to our home. I have told you for years you can’t be serious for five minutes but it’s one of the things I love most about you – your ability to have fun and keep people smiling. You have faced more challenges than many people will ever see and have done it with grace and dignity; the kids see your strength and fortitude to learn what God is trying to teach you in the moment and to never give up. You face each day teaching our kids God is faithful and always, always provides, giving them unconditional love, showing them forgiveness and acceptance, modeling respect for others, teaching them to laugh and have fun, keeping them accountable for their actions and words, teaching them to return things in better condition than when they borrowed them. Thank you for being the dad our kids deserve – one who is active and present in their lives every day, who has sacrificed your own wants, desires and dreams to take care of them, who walks with them through the ups and downs, who takes the time to listen and comfort, who does far more than most dads cooking, cleaning, doing their laundry, grocery shopping, driving them everywhere, taking them on dates, wrestling, joking around, playing in the backyard, lying in bed and around the fire pit telling them your outrageous stories, simply being you. You are modeling Christ to them every day and showing them to treat others with respect, to accept people as they are, to remember they don’t always know people’s stories but to love them anyway, to not take life too seriously and to never stop believing in the goodness of God and his amazing provision. The kids and I are all so proud of you and thank you for being the amazing father and husband you are. You are very loved!