I hit the jack pot when it comes to fathers!
My own father was one of the kindest, most gentle, giving, and sweet men I've ever met. He was unassuming and a tireless worker. He didn't have a lot of hobbies, because he spent most of his free time with his family. I learned so much from him about loyalty, hard work, paying your dues, and giving back. He was always the first call I made if I ever needed advice or a listening ear. He believed in me and it showed! He's been gone almost thirteen years now. It's a pain that never goes away.
The man I married, is all of those things and so much more. He's a devoted husband and father. He works tirelessly to provide a wonderful life for us all. Like my dad, he spends most of his free time with the kids and I. He's at every event, large or small. He gives endlessly of himself and is the pillar of our family.
Both of these men were and are good stewards of the title of "Dad". They were born to be fathers. Even though it's not an easy role, they both did/do it with commitment, self-sacrifice, integrity, and unconditional love.
One of the biggest regrets I have in my life is that my father never met my children. He knew I was pregnant with my son and was overjoyed. I know he would be so proud of the life that Smoot and I have built together for our family and would have been crazy for our three beautiful, funny, and precious children.
I realize how lucky and blessed I am! I thank God every day for both my father and the father of my children. The love and gratitude I have for these two men is immeasurable. We cannot thank them enough for the sacrifices and the impact they've made on our lives.
Happy Father's Day to all of the Dad's that give so much!