Father’s Day is a great, but I wouldn’t be the father I am today without one very special woman…

Watching you become a mother was nothing short of amazing. How proud I was to watch you meticulously and so selflessly change your lifestyle for months. How impressed I was (and still am) that you carried a child in your body and, along with God’s sovereign oversight, grew that baby to, and well past her due date.

I saw a warrior, determined to push (literally) to meet her sweet baby girl sooner than I was expecting. I saw a woman hold her baby girl for the first tine and know what to do and when to do it (with just a little help).

To this day, I am amazed at what you did and what you continue to do. It blows my mind! You go above and beyond for our children. You read the books, the articles, the mom Facebook posts. You ask the questions that need to be asked, you never cut corners and you always have a caring, gentle, sincere heart while serving.

God so graciously gave us our babies and made you a mother, and because of this, I get to be a father.

I also get to be the best father I can be because of you. Just by watching you be the best mother, I know how to care for our babies just as if you were caring for them. I delight in the fact that I can prepare for a day trip with our 2 year old and rock a backpack diaper bag all because I have watched you never waver in your prep and intentionality in providing for and knowing our children. I know how to do things because you have mastered those things.

I’m a father because you’re a mother and I am so thankful for you. I am thankful for our babies. I am thankful for a God so abundantly gracious to gift us such a beautiful family. It’s absolutely not lost on me.

So I say thank you. Thank you caregiver, night-shifter, diaper changer, boo-boo kisser, meal prepper, breast feeder, luggage packer, song writer, book reader, song singer, alphabet teacher, car driver, tear wiper, band-aid provider, teeth brusher, bubble-bath giver, night-time rocker, gentle redirector, patient negotiator, nap-time taker, snack commander, impossible-words translator, day-by-day survivor, coffee drinker, Target shopper, loving snuggler, top-bun wearer, woman, sister, daughter, child, friend…

Thank you mother. You amaze me.

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