On this special day for dads I thought it appropriate to share some of the most beautiful moments in my life involving Marty as a dad and my own dad.
Both moments took place in a hospital.
Marty has always been good with kids, but it was amazing to see the love and tenderness he exuded for each of our girls right after their birth. After both Dorothy and Lucy had been cleaned off and put into the warming tray, I looked over to see Marty holding his very new baby's hand. He was whispering sweetly, introducing himself, and would then sing a song. That memory is so precious to me and a moment I am so happy to have witnessed.
My relationship with my own father is strong now, but was rather rocky through my teenage years and early twenties. As some of you know, during those rocky years I was in a very serious car accident. My concerned parents showed up at the emergency room and waited while x-rays were taken. After the x-rays were finished, we were put into a room to wait for the results. By this point I had been laying strapped to a hard back board with a neck brace on for a while, and the back of my head was starting to hurt from the pressure. My sweet father, putting aside all of our differences at the time, took my head and gently cradled it is his hands to help relieve my discomfort. My hair was all bloody from a head wound, but he didn't mind as the blood covered his hands. All he cared about was making me more comfortable. In that moment nothing else mattered to him. I knew I was loved-- even if my actions and attitude at the time weren't very deserving.
I feel so blessed to have such wonderful men in my life. Their examples of gentleness, compassion, and love help me to better understand the love that our Heavenly Father has for each of us.
"I have a family here on earth. They are so good to me. I want to share my life with them through all eternity. Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan. I always want to be with my own family, and the Lord has shown me how I can."
1. a FULL family photo 2. my own parents 3. being a parent