For a long time, I hated Father’s Day. After Daddy died, and it was just me and Ashley, I hated everything about Father’s Day. Ashley’s father was the biggest scumbag on earth, and he didn’t deserve any kind of recognition on Father’s Day… not that he would have even admitted to her being his. I was convinced that I would never find anyone who could be as special to Ashley as my daddy was to me.
And then I met Gene. From the moment he and I started dating, he just adored Ashley. When we were married, he immediately claimed her as his own and has treated her just like his daughter ever since. He’s never treated her any differently than any of our other children. I can’t even begin to tell you what that means to me.
Gene is so good to all of the kids. He loves them, and would do anything for them. My favorite moments are when he takes the kids outside and just plays with them. Those are the moments that the kids will remember forever and he’s showing our kids how a parent should be.
More importantly than all of that, Gene sets an example of a man who loves Christ and devotes his life to serving Him. He is laying the ultimate foundation for our children – one of love and Christ-honoring worship and service. The Bible says to “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Gene takes that very literally and is doing his best to live by example. He doesn’t do the “Do as I say, not as I do” approach. He lives his life exactly how he believes God wants him to. And, no, he’s not perfect. He messes up. But he apologizes and does his best to make things right. I am blessed to have him in my life, and I am so thankful that he is who God gave me to help me rear my children.
Around here we don’t say Happy Father’s Day. It’s “Daddy’s Day” around here. After all, it’s easy to be a father. It takes a lot more work and effort to be a Daddy.
I love you, honey. Thank you for being the Daddy you are to our kids.