Family pics

Last Sunday we had some family pics taken. As I looked over them I realized a few things:

  • God was really nice to me when He sent Sherri my way. I love her more today than I did seventeen years ago!
  • We have six diverse, beautiful, and talented daughters. The responsibility that comes with being “Dad” to all of these princess warriors is off the chart. I am reminded that prayer must be a part of my daily routine.
  • I hope my girls marry a man that loves them as much as I love their mom. And I hope they are even half the women their mom is.

OK, enough chest beating about my lovely ladies… Here are some pics for my journal and my friends.

paul and sherri

girls silly girls

family
paul and sherri kissing

Dating Reagan

Last night was date night with Reagan.

Usually we go to Wendy’s, split a $.99 Frosty, and play Memory (she usually skunks me… though last week I won one game!).

Yesterday she wanted to go to the park. We hopped on the motorcycle and took off!

Swinging, playing tag, jumping out of swings, racing across the grass, laughing hard, panting after running… it was an amazing evening!

We were able to snap a couple of pics on my cell phone…

Dates with “The Ladies” are the most important meetings of my week. What seems small today will pay HUGE dividends tomorrow!

One hour per girl per week… less than $2 per girl per date… it’s amazing what BIG things can be accomplished with so little money!

Love is EVERYTHING!

A couple of days ago I went up to my seven year old princess’s room, sat down on her bed and said, “Come here. I want to tell you something.”

She came to me. I wrapped my arms around her and said, “I love you!”

She looked at me and said, “That’s it?”

At first I kind of chuckled, but then I realized something and spoke it to her…

“Baby, that’s everything.”

At seven years old she cannot understand what the love of her father means.

It means that I will do anything and everything in my power to assure her safety and success. I will withhold no good from her and will provide her with every opportunity to learn, grow, and ultimately become a strong, competent lady with a promising future! But she doesn’t know that now. Right now “I love you” are just three words she hears a lot.

As I reflected on that I thought of my Father in Heaven (God).

He has said multiple times “I love you” and has convincingly demonstrated that love through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.

I’m confident of this, I have many times acted towards God as if “that’s it?”

At least for today as I feel the responsibility of love, especially the love of a parent, I am looking towards heaven and saying, “Thank you Father for loving me! That’s EVERYTHING!”