Friday, June 17, 2011

Dear Daddy...

Dear Daddy,
This is my first Father's Day to be a married woman. I'm so glad I'll get to be with you on Sunday.
 I am so blessed to have a daddy like you. You have always shown me unconditional love and let me know that you had my best interests at heart. You have always, always sacrificed for your family and put us and our needs above your own.  You sacrificed and worked harder so that Mama could stay home with us, so we could be homeschooled.

  Thank you for the love you've always shown Mama. There was never a doubt in my mind that y'all were madly in love with each other. Seeing the love y'all share made me crave it and pray for a man like you. You showed me a real picture of what real love--for better and for worse--was. It wasn't shallow or fake. Y'all showed me what a good marriage looks like, and shared with me what y'all had learned together.
  I'm glad you weren't disappointed when I was born a girl, and not a boy like the ultrasound said. Thanks for buying me my first dresses since all the clothes y'all brought to the hospital for Jason Dwayne, not Rebecca Christen.
  Some of my happiest memories when I was a little girl are of you and me together. And some of my best big girl memories are of us, too. I'll never forget trips to the livestock auction, rides in the tractors and combines, rides out to Mata Larga and the Father/Daughter retreats you took me to, and shopping for my wedding shoes.
  Thank you for not always letting me have my way, even when I got mad at you. You kept me from making some mistakes that would have followed me for the rest of my life, and I am so thankful that you stuck to your guns and didn't budge. You kept me safe until I knew for sure what I wanted. Even when we didn't agree, you always let me know that you loved me, and I never doubted that.

Thank you for the love that you have for Jacob. I know it was hard for you to take second place, after being the first man in my life and heart for so many years, but you handled it with grace and let me go.
It means so much to me to see how much you love Jacob and how much you enjoy being with him.
Thank you for the blessing and the affirmation you gave to me (and Jacob) at the wedding.
 I could never have asked for a better Daddy than you have been. I knew you would always rescue me if I needed it. You've been my protector, my guide, teacher, comforter, hero, and one of my very best and closest friends. You showed me what the love of God is like.
I love you so much.

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  1. Oh, this is making me cry tears of joy and thanksgiving!!! What a lovely picture of tender kindness and nurturing, mirroring what the heavenly Father does for us. Thank you for sharing this very poignant testimony and tribute. Funny, that I should be writing on a slightly similar topic today :) God bless Jacob and you!

  2. Que linda dedicatória! Parabéns!