My Girl, My World

imageThe love of a daddy for his little girl is one that is truly unimaginable!  As much as one could hope to understand it, it can’t be, until experienced. I thought I knew what it would be like, I had no clue!  The moment I laid eyes on my beautifully created baby girl, my heart was overwhelmed with love. Read More

Oh what a night! Tonight, I was All In!

What a night indeed! Time really slowed down for an evening and we made the best of it!! You performed, you giggled and laughed, you tickle fought! I beamed with pride (maybe even had a tear building in my eye), overwhelmed with thankfulness, and tickle fought too!! Tonight, time stopped for a little bit. I basked in the giggles while acting silly and brushing your teeth. I wasn’t in a hurry.

Tonight, you both put on the most amazing interpretive dance performance I have ever seen. I watched intently as you closely watched me to make sure I didn’t look away or look at my phone. You knew you had 110% of my attention. Tonight time stopped, nothing on my mind but 2 amazing little girls.

Amelia, you were amazing. You danced with passion, you were all in. There were moments that I held back laughter because of an intense facial expression. My heart overflowed with joy, pride, and thankfulness. I fought tears at times because I was recording all this in my head. I recognized the importance of the moment we were in. I celebrated and praised Jesus while watching the sweetest face grin back at me when she could tell I was proud. I ooh’ed and awe’d. You were amazing.

Audrey, and then you got up. You knew you had to raise the bar because you just watched your daddy fall even deeper in love with a little 5 year old girl. So you stepped onto the mat and entered your first position for the dance! You waited for the music to start. And so did I, it seemed like forever because time had stopped. There was no one in that room but you and me…well and Amelia but even she knew this was Audrey’s time! You danced with the most beautiful smile and thought out every interpretive move. You intertwined interpretative dance, ballet, tumbling, and gymnastics like I had never seen before. I was lost in this moment watching you. I gushed with pride. And you knew that you had just stolen another piece of my heart. So much so that as soon as the song was over and your performance complete, you gave me the greatest hug! You were amazing.

I seriously soaked in every moment. I thanked Jesus for his unspeakable blessings in my life. I celebrated and prayed. Even while my eyes were locked on you both, I thanked Jesus for you two! I thanked Him for your beautiful mama who wasn’t feeling the best and trying to get a break on the couch. I mean that’s what allowed me to take 100% control of tonight’s bedtime routine. I help bedtime routine every night, but tonight…I was Super Girl Dad. There was no shame in my game because tonight I was All In celebrating being a daddy to two awesome girls. I even celebrated the fact that we were doing girl things, dancing to girl songs, having fun in who God created us to be. Two beautiful little girls who were fearfully and wonderfully made. And One daddy who didn’t care if anyone was watching.

Audrey…Amelia… You were fearfully and wonderfully made by a Creator who knew you before you were even born. He created you on purpose and for purpose! He has a plan for your life!

In todays time, it seems that so many people are living without Truth in their lives. I can’t imagine the difficulties and the pressures you two girls will face. The world is trying to camouflage sin as normal, acceptable, and even glorified. Your mom and I were just talking about a Netflix show we were watching, and liked, had lesbian scene in it. We were both like “why did they have to put that in there!?!” You are going to face so much pressure to fold to the idea that everyone has there own truth…well don’t do it. Read this letter, know how much your Daddy loves you. Remember you were created in the image of God, you’re a child of the King, remember Christ and his sufferings. Remember there is truth. Jesus says he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Truth is Jesus loves you and just like he designed you to dance, laugh, sing and snuggle tonight with you’re daddy. You’re still designed in his image today. He created you to Abide in Him, experience joy unspeakable, peace unexplainable, to be adventurous, determined, be proud but humbled, to have FUN!! He created you to be You, a woman of Faith, who stands firm in the faith.

I’m not sure why I’m writing all this tonight, but time stood still tonight for daddy and his two beautiful daughters. As we laid in bed reading a story, you both snuggled tight, I smiled. Y’all think I’m gonna slip out when you fall asleep so you both hold on tight. Amelia, at one point you climbed on top of me. I’m loving every minute. After a few minutes of arm tickles and snuggles, I pretend that I’m asleep to see what y’all will do because I know your both awake. After a couple s’mores, Amelia you pretend to snore. I almost laughed out loud. I wasn’t in a hurry to go anywhere tonight because tonight, time stopped and I was All In with you two!

I love you both more than you’ll ever know! And as much as I think that is God loves you even infinitely more than that!

Love, Daddy

Kindergartener flies an airplane!

Enjoying a daddy daughter afternoon! Audrey was getting to do something with mamaw me and you were going to make the best of the afternoon.

We flew to Somerset, ate at Mellow Mushroom, grabbed some Baskin Robins, and then you flew us home. You followed the power lines from Somerset to London and I literally never touched the stick. I’m amazed at how well you can fly when you can’t even see out of the front window. Proud of you!

Girls and Airplanes

A picture is worth a thousand words and your smiles make your daddy’s heart melt! My favorite part of flying is sharing it with you two! You two love doing the “roller coaster” and daddy loves listening to your giggles, laughs, and yells!

Family Flight and Vacation

We went to Mall of America for Spring Break. April 2022. We all had a blast! From the flight up, to the tiny rental car, to the roller coasters, the water slides, it was so much fun.

Audrey, you rode every single roller coaster they had. Even the one that went straight down into a loopty loop!!! I was so proud of you! Even at Great Wolf Lodge, you rode every water slide and you did the boogie boarding thing which was so cool.

Amelia, you were unbelievably brave too! You rode every roller coaster that you were tall enough to ride! And the same at GWL, you loved taking the GoPro camera down the slide and pretending to make a YouTube video. “Ring that bell!”😂

I love you girls and your momma more than you know. Thankful for the fun we have together.

Packed in our Chevy Spark😂
Relaxing on the flight!
Mall of America
You girls are awesome!
After Kenny Loggins flume! We had so much fun!

Amelia rides a bike!

April 27, 2021. First ride with no training wheels!

Amelia,

You did it girl!!! You told daddy you wanted to ride a bike and you did it! You were brave and persistent. Yes, you fell a couple times but every time you got back up! We’ll, a couple of times it took a minute but daddy never had to ask you to get back on. You wanted to ride a bike and you did it! Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera charged to get it on video but we’ll get one soon. I’m proud of you! I’m not just proud that you rode a bike, I’m proud that you didn’t give up. You kept pushing yourself. I love you girl!

This is how far you rode! So proud of you!

Audrey’s first piano recital!

I am unbelievably proud of you! You worked really hard and practiced so much! There were times that you would get frustrated but you continued to work hard to get it down. I couldn’t have been prouder that you got up there in front of all those people. That was a really big deal! I hope that you continue to play because I know that you can do absolutely anything you put your mind to. I love you girl! Daddy is always so proud of you!

Amelia Funnies

Mall of America Ferris wheel 🎡

#1. Amelia was in trouble for not listening….

Daddy: “Amelia, you have to listen to you mom! Whatever she tells you to do, you’ve gotta listen and do it!

Amelia: “What if she tells me to jump off a cliff?” 😂

Obviously I struggled not to laugh be responded, “Well, I’m sure there’s probably a good reason she tells you that so jump”😂

#2. Once again Amelia was not listening. This time, I said if you don’t start listening better then I’m not gonna let you watch Netflix for a whole week.

Amelia turns to mommy and says “Are you going to let him threaten us like this?”😂

#3. Mamas picked amelia up from school and spent the day with Eliza. Mamas tells me that, you and Eliza were talking and that you said, “ Eliza, do you know why dogs sniff other dogs butts?…..because that’s how they say hello!”

Love you girl! You always keep us laughing!!

Daddy’s been missing…

Audrey and Amelia,

Life can get so busy and time can fly so fast! While it’s never been too busy for us to spend quality family time, it has been so busy that I’ve got sidetracked from writing to you two. Daddy’s sorry that it’s been too long but I’m going to catch back up. The next few weeks will be catching up on a lot of things that have happened over the last year or two. They may be out of order but I don’t want to miss a thing so bare with me while we catch up. It’ll probably be 10-15 years before you’re ever even interested in reading this stuff. But when you do, I hope it gives an insight into how much your mommy and daddy love you! How proud we are of you! And how awesome, amazing, and absolutely fantastic girls you are! We love you!

Movie night…11/23/2021

Movie night!
This is what it’s all about!! Quiet moments. Just soaking in the memory of you two holding daddy’s hands!

Bath time conversations

Audrey – “Guess what I’m gonna be when I grow up.”

Amelia – “Give me some guesses!”

Audrey – “A vegetarian, a veterinarian, a princess, or a gardener?”

Audrey pauses for a moment, looks at me, and says, “what’s a vegetarian?”

Daddy – “A person that only eats vegetables.”

Audrey – “Oh, we’ll never mind!!”

Life Lessons from a 4 yr old

Audrey shared a story about a kid in her first grade class which led into a conversation about loving others and always being nice.

Daddy “We should always be nice to people and treat them the way we want to be treated. We never know what other kids might be going through”

Audrey – “Yeah, like if kids are being bullied, we should be nice to them”

Daddy – “That’s right!”

Amelia (4 yrs old) – “ I know! I know! Like if you’re in the bathroom and there’s someone else in the bathroom and they keep trying to look under the stall and see ur butt, that’s bullying”

You always keep us laughing!