To my husband, on his first Father’s Day.

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Before I met you, I would dream about who you would be. I dreamed of the family I hoped would be mine one day. And those dreams didn’t come close to the life you have built with me. 

When we started dating, I liked you so much. So much, it scared me. I hoped beyond every hope that you’d be the one I walked down the aisle towards. Imagining a life with you was easy, imagining a family with you made me fall asleep smiling. 

The first time I saw you with my nephew, I knew you would be the most amazing father. Griffin adored you from day one, and still to this day his first question is, “Gigi, where’s Tu?”

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Since the day I said “I do,” you have been my rock. You have followed the Lord into the scary land of unknown. Despite my countless doubt, you remained strong, knowing the Lord would follow through for us. 

I remember walking on the path by the river, talking about our future and hopes for a baby. I don’t think either of us really knew what to expect, even though people would tell us all the time that parenthood is the hardest thing ever. As my belly grew, I’d ask you if you thought we’d be able to handle parenthood. In your matter-of-fact way, you’d respond with, “yep, it’s gonna be hard, but we’ll get through it together.” 

I lost count of the amount of times I told you I was nervous we’d lose “us” when we began sharing each other with a little person. I remember telling you I missed you already, before Knox was even born, and you’d simply say, “Babe, I’m not going anywhere.” 

And now, 6 months into parenthood (geez, how did it go so fast?!) I’m so thankful that I’m sharing this crazy life with you. 

You are an amazing daddy. 

Knox lights up when he sees you walk into a room. And that’s become my very favorite part of the day. 

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I know most days I’m overwhelmed by my new role, and I forget to do things like the laundry and the cleaning. And you end up doing way more than your “fair share” in our home. 

I’m sure you wish I was the kind of wife who loved cleaning and laundry and being on time. But you keep on loving me and telling me I’m doing a great job. 

I hope you know how much I appreciate you. I know I don’t always say it, but I hope you know it anyway.

I’ll try to say it more. 

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I hope you know how wonderful of a daddy I think you are. Not just because of how great you are with Knox, but also because of how incredible of a husband you are. I’ve heard it said, “the best gift you can give your kids is to love your spouse.” 

You love me beyond what I deserve, and because of that, Knox will grow up knowing how to be a man. You are strong, loyal, dependable, encouraging, and hard-working. If you don’t know how to do something, you figure it out. You follow through on your word, and you never quit something you begin. 

Parenthood is exactly what people say: the hardest thing ever, but also the most rewarding. I’m so glad I get to share each of those moments with you, the hard and the wonderful. 

I loved you so much when you were simply my husband, but seeing you with Knox, from the moment you held him in your arms, made me fall in love with you in a deeper way than I ever could have imagined. We didn’t lose “us” at all, “us” just became deeper, sweeter, and filled with a lot more games of peek-a-boo. 

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Thanks for loving Knox and me so well, and following the Lord with all your heart. I’m so proud to be your wife, and cannot wait to see where this journey leads us. 

Happy first Father’s Day! We love you so much!!

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