I have been a father for 15 years. I have 4 kids ranging in age from 15 years old to almost 6 years (twins) to 3 years old. Each one of them is different and my relationship with each one is different too. I feel so blessed and humbled that God has chosen me to be their Dad.
As time goes by and my kids get older, I find myself wanting them to know about me. As a cancer survivor, I think a lot about what my kids would remember about me if I weren’t around anymore.
I hope they remember that I love God and that I tried to live a life that was pleasing to Him and that I gave the glory to Him in all that I did.
I hope they remember that I always considered meeting Amy in the parking lot of the church, one of the best things to have happened to me. To be married to her is something that only God could have orchestrated. I hope when the kids meet their life partner, they are as blessed as me.
I hope they remember that even though I may not have shown it all the time, I treasured my time with them. One of the blessings of the firefighter schedule is being home 2 out of 3 days. It was a blessing and a lot of fun being a part-time/stay at home dad.
I hope they remember that every time I yelled at them, I had a pit in my stomach. It’s something that I always tried to not do. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
I hope they remember that there is nothing better than making someone smile if only for a moment.
I hope they remember that my job, cancer, and life experiences, made me more paranoid about certain safety things around the house and in life. It wasn’t that I was trying to be too strict, just safe.
I hope they remember that I would take time for myself so that I could have more time to focus on them and their needs.
I hope they remember that this family was the best gift I ever got from God.
On this Father’s Day, I focus on the ones that made me a Dad. You are all truly the best present I could have ever asked for. I love you all more than I could possibly put into words.
Joshua 1:9 'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
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