Dear Husband and Father To My Children,
With Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to take the time to thank you for all of the little things that you do that never go unnoticed. Not only are you a stellar husband, but you are also an over-achiever when it comes to being a dad, and I can’t thank you enough.
First of all, thank you for never seeing tasks such as wiping butts, helping with homework, or prepping for meals as “mom duties,” but instead approaching parenthood as teamwork. I am so lucky to have you as a member of my team! You even assist in getting our three groggy little angels ready for school in the mornings, and that is the icing on the cake! An extra big heap of icing because the good Lord knows that I couldn’t do it without you.
Thank you for working so hard for us so that I can work from home and be with the kids.
These years with them have been some of the best of my life. However, without your long hours and hard work, I would not be able to stay at home with them. I truly get that, and for that, I am so grateful.
Thank you for coming home after those long workdays and giving your all. Even when you have nothing left to give, you give the kids a bath so that their mama can take one too. Alone. You have no idea how much that means to me.
Thank you for helping wrangle the kids and helping with the three-ring circus getting them out of the house. Bottles to make, potty breaks to be made, shoes to be tied, teeth to be brushed, hair to be gelled, snack containers to fill, bottoms to load into car seats – all of it. If it weren’t for you and your help, I am pretty certain that we’d stay at home more often than not.
Thank you for coming home from work with a smile on your face, even after witnessing the disaster that awaits you.
Hot wheels and legos littering the floor, a homemade fort in the living room, spilled goldfish along with who knows what else under the kitchen table, and why is there mud all over the wall? At least, we hope that’s mud. Instead of getting annoyed with the mess or asking questions, you start picking things up. You start putting things away. That’s exactly what this mama needs. That’s exactly what this family needs. I am usually at my breaking point at this time, and I don’t even know where to begin with the mess piled up throughout the day. However, you swoop in and lend a helping hand, and for that, I can’t thank you enough.
Thank you for lending a hand in the kitchen. The number of things that I actually know how to cook and are actually edible is few and far between. I am learning. Thank you for being patient with me and for not being disappointed when we have my “Famous Cheesy Taco Pasta” for the 3rd night in a row. And, thanks for filling in and cooking for us throughout the week too. The kids definitely like your cooking better than mine. And so do I.
Thank you for showing up.
School programs, dance recitals, ball games, classroom parties – all of it. It wouldn’t be the same without you to cheer them on. You make them a priority and treat them as the precious gifts that they are. I love watching them through your eyes. You are proud of the amazing little souls we made, and you are not afraid to show it.
Thank you for the little things you do, such as bedtime duties every other night, clipping little fingernails since I get too nervous about it, and ushering me out the door demanding I go on a solo trip to Target. That, I could never thank you for enough. Seriously.
Thank you for playing with our children. Whether it’s My Little Ponies on the living room floor or chasing them around outside and acting like zombies, thank you. I know it means so much to them, and even though you are an amazing father, you are also a darn good playmate.
Thank you for being Godly, honest, smart, kind, encouraging, and all of the other things a wonderful father should be.
Thank you for being the perfect role model for their little eyes. Thank you for making me feel pretty even on days that I haven’t showered; I am wearing the same outfit that I had on the day before and am on day three of dry shampoo. You still know how to make me feel loved and special. You can look right past that “Messy Bun. Getting things done” t-shirt and still make me feel like I’m the only one in the room. Thank you.
Thank you for being right beside me through everything, from our carefree days of sleeping till noon and having the oh-so-huge responsibility of a dog. We sat in a car to our pre-parenthood journey and would pray before every fertility doctor appointment and procedure. To the countless times that those fertility procedures didn’t work, and I didn’t think I could go on. You never let me crumble, though, and for that, I am so thankful.
To the times that we finally became parents. Two little blessings were made with lots of love and a little science and one little blessing that was a big, amazing, beautiful surprise. You have been with me each lovely and messy and emotional and gut-wrenching step of the way, from the pregnancies to the labors to taking them home and figuring out what to do with these tiny humans. You have never strayed. And, for that, I am so thankful. Happy Father’s Day. I am so lucky that you are my husband and that you are their dad. We love you so much.
Your wife who couldn’t do it without you