I don’t know where I’d be today if it weren’t for my dad. He is the one person that has helped me become the dad that I am today, and I am grateful that I still have him. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a retired minister and teacher, and a loving husband to my mom. I am blessed to be his son and thankful that he taught me to love God, my family, my neighbors and to be a responsible father.
I live 7 hours away from dad and only get to see him several times a year. It makes it really difficult, but I am really glad we are able to carry on our father-son relationship even with the long distance.
My kids love their Pawpaw and always get so excited when they get to visit him. I always love it when they talk to him over the phone or FaceTime. I always dreamed that my kids would have a great relationship with their grandfather, and I can truly say that they love him and he loves them.
My parents got divorced when I was a teenager which was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to go through. Going to dad’s house to visit was so strange. I’m so happy that mom and dad found each other again and got back together. There is no question that they truly love each other. With the serious medical issues and the loss of a close family friend my mom has gone through the past year, dad has been right at her side catering to all of her needs.
Becoming a dad was the most rewarding moment of my life. My 4 wonderful kids are the love of my life, and I would do anything to protect them. I really enjoy spending time with them and teaching them the things that they need to know to be successful, contributing and loving human beings. I would not trade being a dad for anything! Being a dad is a blessing! God blessed me with these beautiful babies! I am so thankful!
And I wouldn’t be a dad without my beautiful wife, Amy. She is such a loving wife and a fantastic mom. There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do for her!
Many people don’t have their dad physically on this earth any longer, or sadly, they don’t have any type of relationship with them. Men who are dads, remember that you are a leader in the household and that your kids look to you for guidance. Rise to the occasion and show the love to them that God commands. Be a role model, be active, be present with your kids. Don’t just go through the motions. Kids need a loving, kind, and caring father. May we all strive to be the best fathers and husbands possible. God has called you to be a dad and a husband. Be one!