A True Dad

Dear Jamie,

The past two years, due to uncontrollable circumstances, you were not honored like you should have been on Father’s Day. Last year, we had just brought Jayce home after a long NICU stay, which was a great thing. But, I was exhausted. I slept the whole day while you packed bags for church camp. Thank you for letting me sleep that day. The year before, you cleaned up vomit. Nice. I know. However, it’s the truth. We were all sick except you. You handled it like a champ. I don’t remember you complaining one time. That shows your character. That day showed us how far Christ has brought you.



You do more for us then we ever deserve. Each thing does not go unnoticed. We appreciate every load of clothes that is washed and folded, every appliance that is repaired, each light bulb that is changed, every window that is washed, each meal that is prepared, and every floor that is vacuumed and mopped. You are so willing to help out around here, and it shows just how much you really care. You know that I can’t run this household alone.

  
Not only do you help inside the house, but you also mow and bush-hog, and you build greenhouses, barns, chicken coops, and tree houses. You plant vegetable gardens and flowers. You take care of horses and sheep. You bring comfort when kids are sick or hurt.            That’s not all.  You work a full-time job and humbly direct the RU Ministry. To top it off, you always make time for your family. You take kids to karate,  guitar, and ukulele practices.  You never hesitate when you are asked to pick up books at the library, and you don’t make a fuss when the kids want to stay at the science museum, the park, or the playground just a little bit longer. You make slip-n-slides and join in on a good game of kick ball.  And you are the best birthday party decorator around.

            Most importantly you take all of us to church. You understand that our spiritual needs matter. I do not know how you do it all. But you do!      It is evident that you don’t do these things for yourself. You do them for the Lord, for us, and for others. And, you do it all with so much love and grace.  That’s what stands out the most. Your mama and daddy taught you well.       The kids and I always know how much you love us. Your actions and words make it clear. Thank you for loving us so much! We are truly blessed and grateful for everything you do! We couldn’t possibly keep things going around here without you.       You really know how to show true love. The kind of love that keeps on giving. The kind of love that doesn’t expect anything in return. The kind of love that shows Christ to our little ones that are watching. You handle life’s ups and downs so much better than I do. I have learned a lot from the example that you have become. The Lord has blessed me with a godly husband and you are a wonderful dad to our five amazing kids.     What more could a girl want? I can’t think of a single thing. Thanks for everything you do. Thanks for making us feel special. Thanks for listening to the Lord’s promptings and putting Him first.


   As James always says, “We love you sweet Dada.” And from the lips of our little Jayla, “We really really love you!”

Love Always,

Amanda

☀️How do you know Daddy loves you?

Jacob – He lets me help him build the barn.

Jaden – He takes us places.

James – He takes me to see Mawmaw.

Jayla – He takes me to feed the ducks. I like to give him kisses.

Jayce – He watches me so Mommy can take the big kids to the Barter. (Mama knows what the little guy would say. 😘)

Psalm 127:3-5 – Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

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