Friday, July 20, 2007

A New Generation

About a week ago we had a potluck/preschool meeting at my friend Brooke's house. Several of us brought our families along. It was a great time of fellowship while we ate.

Then it was time to get serious and into our meeting. So the 4 guys took all 13 kids and went to another room. Three of the men are Dads and the other one hasn't had any children of his own yet. I have to tell you that they did such a good job. We only had a couple of interruptions but overall they kept them quiet and entertained. I was so proud of them and the way they handled everything! Great job Jeff, Dustin, Wes and Kenny... you guys are awesome!!

When I was growing up my Dad loved to play with us and help take care of us. Once in a while my Mom would have a girls night and Dad would keep us home. I remember a few summers when Mom went to women's camp and my Dad even did our hair! He was a truly amazing and caring Father to my sister and I. We loved hanging out with him and thought he could do no wrong!

However, some of my friends just didn't have this kind of relationship with their fathers. The Moms did most everything for them and that's just the way it was. Dad's just didn't take the time for their kids.

I've also heard my husband and my Mom talk about their Dads. That generation was completely different. They were seriously in the mind frame of "children are to be seen and not heard!" Dads just didn't spend quality time with their kids.

Now I look around and see Dads (and Grandpas) in the mall, at church, on playgrounds, at school... I could go on and on. It makes my heart so glad when I see these Dads playing with their children, teaching them lessons and tenderly showing direction in these little lives. What a great way to show our children God's love in action!

So Dads, thank you for all your hard work! We couldn't do it without you guys!!


Brooke said...

I agree, it was awesome that night to have the men step up! I can honestly say that I am happy as well to see the interaction of dads these days. I am amazed sometimes because of how much they do for their kids. Wes changed J's diaper his first 3 days of life, and he didn't mind changing cloth diapers. I was shocked as one of the beginnig battles some dads face of will's and want nots. God has blessed us with these wonderful husbands and dads.

Aunt Julie said...

Great Tribute to the "Dad's"
I love how Jeff & Jon are involved w/our the kids lives... !!!
Have a blessed day

Kate said...

Awww, I love that! I am right there with you - full of gratefulness!