i can tell you that we have the best daddy for my kids in our house that there is. what makes him so great is that he tries, he tries so hard and is willing to put 110% in to each of our kids, even with working full time and getting his masters degree at night. i thank you paul for the sincerity in your fathering. for calling emme princess every day and for teaching our boys what it is to be a man, a good man through your actions and words. as much as we feel we are drowning at points with all on our plate, we pride our self in our parenting and our kids. they are first and they are our everything. i so appreciate that in him.
i feel that a daddy is someone who makes you feel like you are the most important, the most loved, the most protected, the most special, the most “seen”…the one who validates who you are….the one who is so proud of you and whose eyes sparkle when you walk in the room. the one whose arms are so soft but strong when you fall, figuratively and non. the best dad’s tell you they are proud and that you are their princess, and they call you their princess even if you are forty years old. they would never abandon you, it would not be possible. there is an emotional connection, no matter who comes into his or your life, he will not let it be broken. if anyone hurts you…well, they are speaking to daddy…and they better run….like fast. for the best of all best, they show their emotions, they show their affection, their commitment to you and their respect of your relationship by spending time with you and just you , putting you first and taking the time to look you in the eye and sometimes flipping you upside down or chasing you in the yard or just taking a walk with just you. their actions speak so loud you can “feel” that they love you. the one who is at your college track meets routing you on, or maybe even just being there because he would not miss his baby girl’s race. you will always be his baby girl no matter what. God has big plans for daddy’s and the good ones are so blessed, blessed with kids who grow up loving them like no one else and wanting to take care of them when that time comes. i hope we instill this into my three boys that we are raising. i have seen all of these things take place behind my camera over the past years. here is a little tribute to the daddies for whom i have photographed over the last five years. happy father’s day to you….
here is a quote from the book “captivating/unveiling the mystery of a woman’s soul” by john and stasi eldredge…”every little girl was made to live in a world with a father who loves her unconditionally. she first learns who God is, what he is like, and how he feels about her from her earthly dad….she knew that her father cherished her. she was his princess. he was her knight in shining armor. he wanted to spend time with her. her father protected her, her mother nurtured her and she was enjoyed. every little girl should be so loved, so welcomed—seen, known, treasured…”