2013 Father's Day Plaque

2013 Father’s Day Plaque

This year’s Father’s Day was particularly wonderful for our family. As part of a weekend full of family time, I came downstairs on Sunday morning to find a very sweet card from my girls and this plague – which I hung in my office. It reads:

“Walk a little slower, Papi.”
said a little child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps
and I don’t want to fall.”

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
sometimes they are hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Papi,
for you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up,
you’re what I want to be.
Then I will have a little child,
who will want to follow me.

And I want to lead just right,
and know that I was true.
So walk a little slower, Papi,
for I must follow you!

Our sweet Eliana is just 18 months old now, so I know I still have a LONG way to go before I have any assemblance of parental wisdom. I’m hoping to pick up a few more nuggets of knowledge before our next little one comes along. But so far, here’s three things I’ve learned about being a Dad:

Ellie on Papi's Shoulders

Ellie on Papi’s Shoulders

Treasure Every Moment
Between the work days, social commitments, and other things, it’s easy for weeks to roll by without even noticing. I take time every day to revel in our little girl’s latest milestone. And I hope I do that the rest of her life.

Lead by Example
That’s long been the “management philosophy” that I follow, and I need to do it even more at home. I still need to do a better job of eating my veggies for Ellie’s sake, but I hope that she sees how I live my life, how I treat others, and what I say is consistent with how I live.

Love Your Spouse
I want Ellie to grow up and have positive, productive, meaningful relationships with others and one day her husband. The best way I can model that is to love her momma. I don’t do it the best every day, but that’s always my goal and I hope she’s seen more successes than failures so far.

On Father’s Day, at Miamisburg Christian Church, Mike said something that really resonated with me:

A child is not likely to find a Father in God if they don’t find God in their father.

I am by no means perfect, and I never will be. But I hope I’m showing our family enough of God so that they will strive to do even BETTER in the future.