Original Post: June 19, 2016
Thank you for being a father to a child that wasn’t your own.
My husband is the man he is today and the father he is today, thanks to you.
His dad didn’t call on his birthday or Christmas. And at such a young age, that was really hard for him to understand. But now, as a father, he doesn’t miss a single moment. He couldn’t dream of missing his kid’s birthday. He couldn’t even dream of missing the day they said “dada” for the first time, or their first giggle, or teaching them how to walk or ride a bike. Because you never missed the important moments, he is present as a father.
My husband became a father at a young age. He was unprepared to take care of another human life. He wasn’t ready to get married. He was a kid. But he stepped up. He adjusted. Because of the husband and father you are, he fought hard to become the father and husband he is.
My husband has never missed a day of work. He doesn’t call in sick. He is always early. He works hard for our family. We have struggled, like everyone else, yet we always come out on top because of my husband’s work ethic and perseverance. This isn’t something you taught him, or told him he needs to do. You showed him. Over and over and over again. You provided for his mom and his siblings day after day. Because you never missed a day of work, he works hard every single day for our family.
Every night before bed, my husband prays with the girls. The church has hurt my husband and our family. Still, he places his hope and trust in God. Because you prayed without ceasing. Because you loved God even when you felt discouraged or forgotten. Because you believed even when you couldn’t feel God’s presence, my husband believes. He prays. He loves. He teaches our children about God.
Thank you. For stepping up to the plate. For raising another man’s son. For being an incredible grandpa to our kids.
Happy Father’s Day.