carry this picture for luck, tucked in a locket

I've been tearing up reading the sweet testimonials to daddies everywhere that everyone has been posting today and here is my own because, well, when you're dealing with a daddy as awesome as my husband is, a blog entry devoted entirely to him is the very least that one can do.

My husband and I have been together since we were fifteen and sixteen years old. I've had the opportunity to spend the past decade finding new reasons to fall in love with him over and over again and still, nothing can compare to the plunge in love with him I experienced when I saw him hold our son in his arms for the first time. It was a feeling of love, of gratitude, of safety and feeling whole in ways I never thought possible (or knew our lives were lacking). My husband is everything I could want in a husband, in a best friend, in a soulmate, in a partner. He is the kind of man that I want Ethan to look up to, that I want Ethan to grow up to be: a real man, a respectable man. One who has conviction and belief in what is right, one with determination to do anything he sets his mind to. With my husband as his father, I know Ethan will grow to proudly respect women, to respect himself, to celebrate equality and respect for humankind. I know that his heart will be pure and strong and brave and not afraid to love, to cry, to admit defeat (okay, maybe we're still working on that one!) and to be a bigger person when dealing with those with cruel intentions. I know that with him as his father, Ethan will know the value of hard work, of family, of charity and kindness, of goodnight kisses and good morning to you! sing-a-longs.

Watching my husband fall so effortlessly into his role as Ethan's daddy has been a gift comparable only to watching Ethan himself grow into the beautiful boy that he is. Each evening when my husband walks in the door and, without even changing out of his work clothes, throws himself on the floor to play with Ethan, it completely makes my day. I am lucky to have him as my husband and Ethan is so lucky to have him as his daddy.

I remember my own dad having an old wooden frame on his office desk while I was growing up with a tag that read "anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy." Happy (very first) Father's Day to my wonderful husband and thank you for all that you do and all that you are.

Since today was Father's Day, my husband got to pick everything that happened today. All he wanted to do was spend every moment possible with Ethan and so that's what we did: just spent time, just played, just enjoyed the day so much that come bedtime Ethan refused to sleep even though his eyes were closing. Of course, no holiday is complete without ice-cream so we made a stop at my husband's very favorite ice-cream place for some yummy milkshakes (and a banana, which is what Ethan ordered).

I exist in this blog post solely because I finally got a much needed haircut. I no longer look like an even more haggard conglomerate of David Crosby, Michelle Duggar and Sammy Hagar. Speaking of haircuts, Ethan needs one badly. I set him an appointment for next week so his hair is dapper for his birthday bash because, let me tell you, this kid's hair grows like crazy. Can you believe it'll be his third haircut and he's not even one yet?!

Anyway, back on track, the only other thing my husband wanted to do today was take Ethan for his first bike ride. Unfortunately we couldn't find an infant-sized helmet anywhere but online so plans for an epic first bike ride were pushed aside. Still, nothing was getting anyone down on this Father's Day so they just went for a ride up and down our street. Ethan didn't notice a difference. He laughed and screamed with delight the entire time.

All in all, it was an awesome day for an awesome daddy...right down to bedtime.


  1. awwww girl, this was a sweet post. you are so blessed. and ethan, what a sweet little man you have.. we did very similar things with my hubby and kids.. just hung out. went to his favorite coffee shop (and the kids were extremely well behaved i might add.. happy fathers day to him-haha) ...went to the park.. the kids loved it and daddy had a peaceful day =)

  2. What an adorable little boy! Oh my goodness those eyes are beautiful! Sounds like he has a wonderful daddy and looks like a great day! Thanks for following me. Looking forward to following you too :)

  3. Such a SWEET post! And these pictures, so gorgeous! Your little boy is just precious!

  4. Love this post. Your little boy is the cutest thing I have ever seen and your photography is AMAZING! I Love it! Thanks for linking up to the Monday Meet up! I am your newest follower. Hope you will stop by http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ and do the same.



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