I'm so excited to say that I have a guest post for today. My husband, who is a fabulous writer, decided he wanted to write a little something for the ol' blog. It may have made me tear up a bit. I have been blessed with the most amazing husband and daddy to my kids. Enjoy!
I ran across a song yesterday that I used to listen to when I was younger, “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee. It brings back many memories. When I heard this song before, like 5 years ago, I had no daughters but the song made me think of a precious little girl that I could just pick up and dance with. Now that God has greatly blessed me with 2 daughters, we will dance together. I love my children so much. I do often tell them and express it but rarely do I ever sit back and really think of it. They are truly a gift from God and the only regrets I have are the times that I let my selfishness get in the way of my seeing that. Many times due to my own selfishness my vision, perspective and attitude become clouded and instead of seeing this wonderful gift all I see is burden. Well that has to change. Yes my children at times can be difficult and loud and messy and crazy and maybe even scary (Ava I love you) but I couldn't imagine a life without them. In fact looking back it is those things aforementioned that I love the most the messy times after dinner when Emma and Ava look like they bathed in their dinner instead of eating it, or the times when jack is jumping from furniture to furniture like it’s a gladiatorial obstacle course. My kids are just that, kids and I hope they don't grow up but I know all too soon they will. And now to our surprise, or maybe not, God has done it again- blessed us with the most amazing gift possible, another child! It will be an amazing bundle of loud, crazy, messy, difficult, beauty and regardless of the lack of sleep, lack of alone (with the wife) time, lack of silence, lack of me time there is I endeavor to enjoy it because again, we only have so much time with these gifts before they are all grown and out of here. I endeavor to change, I endeavor to see this time of my life as the precious time it is. Although this was not how I planned it (and thank God Almighty that my life didn't work out like I planned it in my mind) but God, I will have to say, did an amazing job. I know people will have concerns and jokes to crack about my herd of children but I don’t care. For Isaiah 55 says "God's ways are above our ways and God's thoughts are above our thoughts" and that’s what I am seeking "God's way" and I will not be the man to stand in his way. I love the family God has blessed me with and I am excited to experience this journey we are on.
I love you Amanda and thank you for sticking it out with this hard headed guy. I think I'm beginning to come around. You are an amazingly patient and kind mother and wife. I love you Jackson you wonderful genius boy of mine your heart is so kind, your songs are so wonderful and your imagination is so creative. God has great plans for you. I love you my Ava Rose. You are sweet, strong and beautiful. God will use your wonderful strong will someday to glorify His name. I love you my Emma Belle. Your sweet smile always warms me up. Your continual happiness makes the world around you more beautiful. I know God will use you and bless you. And to you, new-comer I don't know you yet but I love you. It’s amazing, I don't know how but I do I love you and know God has a specific purpose for your life. We are excited to be able to share in it with you.
Always in Love
You husband and daddy