“I promise to always try to remember that you are God’s gift to me.”
That was the last line of the vows my husband and I made to each other when we married.
And, fortunately, I still do see him as a gift… a gift to me and a gift to our children.
My husband is loving, kind, funny, a great provider and generous. I truly believe he was, and is, God’s gift to me. And I do believe he is a gift to our children, as well.
He is the kind of dad that can get the kids all crazy and fired up. He loves to throw little ones in the air and catch them, and, at my daughter’s birthday party when there was a big pile of wrapping paper to be thrown away, and all I could see was a mess, he commanded the girls to go pick up the paper… and then THROW IT IN THE AIR for a dance party!!!
Yes, sometimes he gets them all fired up before bedtime and then I have to unwind all the silliness, but, you know what? It is so totally worth it to have happy children who know beyond a doubt that they are loved.
It is worth it to let his silliness and fun fly and watch my kids giggle and enjoy each other as a family.
But he’s not just all silliness. He does know how to get down to discipline, too. And our kids understand and respect that.
Also, when I might lose my cool, he can often see it coming (sometimes even before I do) and diffuse the situation with a suggestion for me to go take a bath or nap. (And, most of the time, I gladly do.)
Plus he asks the kids tough questions about their school work and about life, and inspires them to really think through their answers. He encourages them to pray.
Sure, there are times when I do get frustrated with him and there are things about him that might not be ideal, but, all in all, he is a great dad and a fantastic teammate.
I think that “fantastic teammate” part is absolutely the best part… and not something that happens by accident. I love knowing we are in this marriage together, working side by side.
God designed Eve to be a helpmate to Adam, and my husband and I see that as a team relationship that we take seriously.
We work together on our marriage and our children’s upbringing. And we trust each other in both.
And because of that, we get to have a lot of fun together, too.
This month Tommy Nelson is featuring Thank You God, for Daddy. It’s a sweet book about a daddy who seems to do those things my husband does– piggy back rides and silly fun stuff, but through all of that, his cub knows he loves him. (Just like I’m sure my kids know.) Check it out for a sweet reminder of the special role your children’s father plays in their lives. And then step back and marvel at that gift you’ve been given, too.
Amy is the Mom behind both Mom’s Toolbox and Mom’s Travel Tales. She is a world traveler — in heart, body, and prayer and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. She regularly hosts the Bible in 90 Days read-along. A mother of three young children, Amy writes to equip moms with tools for success whether at home, abroad or in between.