Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Father's Day 2015.

Today is Father's Day (or yesterday, since it's being published today). It's like Kley gets two first Father's Days, because we celebrated last year when we were pregnant, and now we are celebrating his first with Norah. What a special day.

Kley enjoyed breakfast in bed. (He loves breakfast foods and I don't make them near enough.)

We made it to church after a rushed morning (our church switched to one summer service at an earlier time), and honestly, my head was filled with worry. Sometimes my mommy brain goes overboard and I feel overwhelmed. We brought Norah to the nursery during the sermon, and it didn't go very well. I could hear her screaming from where we were sitting. 

Sometimes doing things that are good for your children are hard. I just want to cuddle her forever, but going to the nursery is good for her. I want her to be able to interact and be okay with people outside of our family. It's good for Kley and I to be able to listen to a sermon without trying to entertain her. Though, sometimes I have a really hard time concentrating because all I can think about is if she is doing okay.

I don't want to make the nursery volunteers deal with a screaming baby. Then, thinking about that made me overwhelmed with the rest of her life. Raising a child is a huge responsibility. A good one, but immense. What if she grows up to be ungrateful? Selfish? Rude? Mean? What if she goes to preschool and people think she is unpleasant to be around?

I certainly hope that doesn't happen, but I know that there will be temporary moments of that. Norah has a sinful nature, as we all do, and it's our job to teach her what gratefulness means, how to use good manners, how to interact positively with others. I want Norah to grow up to be selfless, caring, loving, serving, kind, generous, encouraging, and so many other things.

Needless to say, after my worries carried on through the sermon, the last song definitely hit home for me. "Lord I need you, oh, I need you. Every hour I need you....Jesus, you're my hope and stay." I definitely need Him every hour.

I told Kley about what I was thinking. One of Kley's biggest strengths is positivity and he is the best encourager. He always knows the exact thing I need to hear and is so good at making me feel better. He is so good at speaking His truth to me.

I tell you about my worries because it leads me to Kley- the best dad around.

I don't worry about Kley as a father at all. I have full confidence in him and I am so grateful to have a him as a partner to share parenthood with. 

He is so good with Norah. He is a natural father. He is comfortable taking care of her and he truly enjoys it. Norah loves him so much and it's so special to see them together. Kley can get Norah to laugh like no one else can, and when she sees him come home she almost shakes with excitement. 

I know that Kley will teach Norah right from wrong, will lead her towards Jesus, and will model Christ-like living.

Norah is a very blessed girl because she has the best daddy ever.

Also, I am very thankful for my father and father-in-law. Both are wonderfully amazing men and we are all blessed to have them in our lives. Dad, thanks for teaching me about Christ and investing time in me. I want to parent Norah like you parented me growing up.


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