Friday, June 15, 2007

Father's Day

With Father’s Day coming up, I thought I’d take the time to share what an awesome Daddy my husband is.

He took this picture with his camera the other day. Marshall has had a lot of time off lately in the last week or so, so we have been enjoying major quality family time together. We’ve also been taking daily walks around the neighborhood, which is a thing we love to do but don’t always find/make the time to do as a family. The boys ride ahead in the fire truck, I push Marlie in the stroller and Marshall walks along side with his camera. He takes pictures of the boys, Marlie, a pretty flower along the way, and sometimes my butt. (boy are those pictures fun to discover when I download them off the camera onto my computer) Anyway... this particular day Marlie insisted on holding Marshall’s hand (or more specifically, his finger) while I pushed her in the stroller. My hubby loved it so much, he wanted to capture the moment with a picture. He has taken up photography as a hobby in the last couple of years and his favorite subject is always his kids.

He is such a fantastic Daddy. He spends his spare time on the floor playing with the kids. He changes all the diapers when he is home. He kisses boo-boo’s. (unless they are on a butt or foot... in which case he sends them to me) “I’m NOT kissing your butt, Haven! Go to Mama.” He takes the boys out to breakfast on mornings when he’s off work. He makes a point to regularly spend 1:1 time with each of our three children. Best of all: He has no trouble being silly. In fact, he is often silly in public. I remember long ago when we only had Haven. Marshall was goofing off at some store in the mall. Haven was laughing hysterically and I was a little embarrassed. I said quietly to Marshall that people were looking at him and he said, “If I’m making my boy laugh, I could care less what anyone else thinks.” It was one of those epiphany moments. (and I’m not talking about the platinum-plated QVC jewelry) It was then and there that I realized that my hubby had his priorities straight and I needed to adjust mine too. My kids and their well-being are far more important than what strangers think. So yes, he acts goofy in public sometimes, and the kids love it. I love it now too. I picked the most awesome Daddy for my kids. How could I possibly have known he would be such an awesome Daddy when I married him? He and I agreed when we were dating that we NEVER wanted kids. Somehow he morphed from a 20 year old newlywed who never wanted kids into a 31 year old Daddy of three who cherishes the time with his children.

He’s the reason I homeschool. With his work schedule, he leaves the house at 6:30am and gets home at 8pm. The kids stay up until between 10-11pm so they can still get quality Daddy time every evening. Homeschooling allows us to keep that schedule. If the kids were in regular school, they would have to be in bed every night when Marshall came home. The kids would grow up only seeing their Daddy on the weekends. This would seriously negatively affect their childhood and their relationship with Marshall. He is such an awesome Daddy, that it would really be a crime for them to grow up without him on a daily basis. I know homeschooling keeps me busy and I don’t get much time to myself, but it’s totally worth it for the “Daddy time” it gives to my kids. This is my gift to my kids and to the family as a whole.

Sometimes I sit back, watching Marshall and the kids interact and I think about how lucky they are to have such an awesome Daddy. And it makes my heart smile.