I have known my husband for 11 years this fall. Been dating my husband for 10 years this winter. And been married to my husband for 9 years next spring. Somewhere in there it dawned on me that this man would be my person. My best friend. My other half. The one I would start and raise a family with. Here we are, 3 kids later... and I can honestly say I've never once doubted what this man is capable of and how much he loves the kids and I. I hope he feels this way everyday, but I really hope he felt how much we love him on Father's Day.
It was a low-key day consisting of brunch, a round of golf (for him) and naps (for the rest of us), finished off with dinner with my parents and sister and an extra large fishbowl of beer to celebrate fatherhood. Naturally. The girls, dog and I gifted him a personalized coffee mug that will probably become a new pen cup at work, along with a card personalized by Grace herself. I don't think a single thing we gave him meant as much as the girls telling him on repeat all day long "Happy Father's Day!" There is just something about parenthood that humbles a person.
Growing up I always had a good model of how a father should be. My parents are still married. My dad is an encyclopedia of knowledge and wisdom. My parents successfully raised two daughters, that I would say aren't a burden to society (well, my sister maybe - ha ha - just kidding, Erin!). My dad worked his butt off to instill a good Catholic foundation, the true meaning of hard work, and the word respect. To this day I am still forever thankful that he's there for me as my dad and holds the special title of "gaga" (Grandpa) in such high regards.
Being surrounded by these men (among many, many others) both on Father's Day weekend and everyday - I can say I am very very lucky.
One final note from Father's Day and the weekend as a whole --- a special thank you goes to my husband for holding down the fort with all three kids Saturday afternoon so that I could go drink wine with my mom and a crew of other ladies from the country club. We were driven to KC Wine Co. (local friends - you MUST check this out!), given a flight of wine, a free drink of our choice and the most amazing scenery to unwind with. It was a great afternoon away from my crew, and would not have been possible without my husband, super dad. So thank you, babe.
Happy Father's Day to all the people lucky enough to call themselves a dad. You deserve all the love, laughs and beers, on Father's Day and everyday.