I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of the families who read The Mom Show a really wonderful Father's Day.
It takes a really wonderful man to really be a Father. There are a lot of men with children who are not, but a man who interacts and is there for his children is really a wonderful blessing! I am so blessed to have a man who takes his role as husband and father very seriously, and I thank God for him every day.
If you have one of these men in your life, cherish him. He is doing you, and more importantly, your children a great service.
A great dad is teaching his son how to grow into a good man, a loving, caring, firm and respectable man. He is a shining example for his daughter, of the kind of man she should someday want to be with. He is giving her standards for her future, and showing her what to someday expect for her and her own children.
My husband works hard, and long. Between driving, and his shifts, he is gone for about 15 hours every day. He works all night. Then he comes home, and takes the time before going right to sleep, and has breakfast with his family. Then, a lot of days, when he wakes up, we have our late family lunch together (this is why sometimes on Facebook, I will ask what you're all having for dinner at around noon, because that's when I start planning to cook for my own family). If there's time (sometimes there is, and sometimes there isn't, which, given his schedule and the fact that he needs to sleep, is more than understandable) we will either go out in the yard and play Frisbee or throw a ball around before he leaves for work, and on his days off (he typically gets 3-4 days off in a week.), a great deal of his time is devoted to us, as family time.
I've written before about this quote here: "The place to take the true measure of a man is not in the darkest place or in the amen corner, not the cornfield, but by his own fireside. There he lays aside his mask and you may learn whether he is an imp or an angel, cur or King, hero or humbug. I care not what the world says of him: whether it crowns him boss or pelts him with bad eggs. I care not a copper what his reputation or his religion may be: if his babies dread his homecoming and his better half swallows her heart every time she has to ask for a five dollar bill, he is a fraud of the first water, even though he prays every night and morning until he is black in the face....But if his children rush to the front door to meet him and love's sunshine illuminates the face of his wife every time she hears his footfall, you can take it for granted that he is pure, for his home is a heaven...I can forgive much in that fellow mortal who would rather make men swear than women weep; who would rather have the hate of the whole world than the contempt of his wife; who would rather call anger to the eyes of a king than fear to the face of a child."
It just holds so true, and it makes me thing of all of the great men that I know, but mainly, it makes me think of my husband. The happiness that I feel when he is around, and the light in my daughter's eyes when she sees him come home.
I think that if you are striving to make the most of your family life, that taking this quote to heart is a great start.
I just want to wish you all a Happy Father's Day. I know that there are a lot of single moms out there that are doing this all alone. You are the provider, the mother and the father, the everything. You are the parent. I honestly don't know how you do it, and my hat is off to you.
I just wanted to share my genuine appreciation to the fathers in this world who take their role seriously. Of course, I wanted to acknowledge my own husband, as he is definitely one of those men also, and seeing him as a father has made me fall more in love with him than I was before.
Happy Father's Day!!
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