Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bigger Mustache

"Wow! Daddy, you're eating that pizza fast!" said Nolan.

I replied, "Yep! That's because I'm bigger than you. I have bigger teeth, I have a bigger mouth, and I have a bigger stomach. So I eat it much faster."

"You also have a bigger mustache," he said.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Delaney is Sick Too!

"Mommy, what are you doing?" Delaney asked.

"I'm getting Nolan some juice because he's not feeling well," Jen replied.

"Why are you doing that?"

I said to her, "Because it's good to have liquids in your body. We want him to drink juice since he's sick."

"It looks like I'm sick too," Delaney said.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Where is Jesus Sitting?

We were setting the table, preparing for dinner...

Nolan: "Who is going to sit there?"

Delaney: "Jesus!"

Nolan: "No, he's not sitting there because He's in our heart."

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe

Nolan's version, which he heard from kids at school and altered to make it his own:

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
Catch a tiger toes.
If he lets go.
If my Mom will poop in her pants then that will be it.

Grown-up Stuff

Jen: "I don't feel like doing grown-up stuff right now."

Nolan: "But Mom, you have to."

[Jen and Aaron laugh]

Monday, January 11, 2016

This Girl Needs A Man

Delaney turned 3 years old today! She is fun, goofy, and spontaneous. She loves dressing up as a "superhero dancer girl with glasses."

I am amazed at how much this girl wants to be held, snuggled, kissed, and looked at. Sometimes I just stare at her, just a few inches from her face, and she stares right back at me. She craves attention from her daddy.

And I know, as her father, that I need to give her that attention. I need her to feel loved and cherished by the man in her life. Me. I show her what it is like to be a woman based on how I treat Jen, and I show her what it is like to be loved in a way that Jen cannot. I set her up for a future, feeling safe and secure knowing that there is a man in her life who loves her, protects her, and makes her feel like I would do anything for her.

As I stare into her eyes, inches away, her smile beaming brighter and brighter the longer I hold her gaze, I see a teenager. I see a young woman. I see a future wife. When Delaney says "Kiss me again, Daddy!" I immediately think about how many dads neglect their little girls and then they look for love in other men out there willing to give it to them. The difference is that other men want something in return, whereas I just love her because she is my daughter. So I kiss her again.

This little 3 year old will not be a goofy superhero dancer girl with glasses forever. She will develop into a butterfly and flutter out of my grasp at the time when God says "it's time." And I'll have to let her go. I just hope and pray that God will give me the strength to be the best dad I can be for her. That I will give her enough kisses that she will not need to look for them in men who want to take advantage of her. That I will balance love and discipline in a way that God balances it perfectly with us, His own sons and daughters. That I will be a diligent father with the limited time I have with her and trust in the path God has for her with the rest.

I love you, Delaney-Bug! Happy birthday!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Throw Underwear At Me!

I was folding clothes today, and Nolan and Delaney were playing nicely with several balloons from Nolan's birthday party. Something needed to be done about this peace and quiet. I was bored.

Since underwear doesn't really need to be folded, I tossed a clean pair of Nolan's Lightning McQueen tighty whities at his face.

No response.

Thirty seconds later, I connected with another pair right between his eyes.

"Huh? What was that?" he said.

Without me saying a word or turning to face him, another hits him. Finally realizing what is happening, he takes action and builds a blockade with the balloons.

"Dada! Throw another underwear at me!"

I say nothing.

"Throw underwear at my face!" he repeats. "Dada! Throw underwear at my face!" I keep silent, although very tempted to explode with laughter at his requests.

Attempting another tactic, he tries, "Daddy, may you please throw underwear at me?"

"Me too!" Delaney finally chimes in.