Dear Matthew and Tenley,
I wanted to write this letter to you around Father’s Day, but you keep me pretty busy and so it has been delayed.
In my heart, it is very pressing to me that you know what we have as a family in your Daddy. Besides our Heavenly Father, he is everything to us.
He is everything I want for the both of you.
Matthew, I want you to learn from your Dad. To grow up strong, hardworking, wise and kind. Pay attention to your Daddy, son. He will teach you how to be successful in life. How to treat others with respect and how to respect yourself by always working hard and giving it your best. He will teach you how to be self-sufficient yet always willing to help others. He will teach you how to have fun and get your hands dirty. He will teach you to be strong, to stand firm and be self-controlled. He will teach you to laugh, be joyful and to be kind. He will teach you that kindness and gentleness are not weaknesses but valuable traits that few men can master. He will teach you to pray and follow Jesus. He will teach you how to love and lead a family. I know it will be hard at times while you are growing up, but try your best to never take him for granted. He will teach you to be the kind of man that you Mama and someday your wife will be so proud of. You are the reason he does everything he does. You are his boy and he loves you with every beat of his heart and every fiber of his being.
Tenley girl, I want you to learn from your Dad too. He will teach you to work hard and not be afraid to try new things. I want you to learn that you can do anything you set your mind to. He will teach you to NEVER think less of yourself because you’re a girl. He will teach you everything he teaches your brother and he still embrace your femininity. I am sure he will teach you how to change a tire, how to shoot guns and how to dribble a basketball. He will teach you to be strong while being kind, loving and mindful of others. He will teach you how to be joyful and see the best in people. He will teach you that you are always safe with him. He will show you what it looks like to be loved so well, by how he loves me. He will show you what gentleness, respect and love look like in marriage. He will love you so well that you will never have to seek another man’s affection until the times comes that you meet your husband. And, when that time comes, you’ll know exactly what to look for. Love your Daddy sweet girl, like all daughters should love their Daddies. You are the reason he does everything he does. You are his baby girl and he loves you with every beat of his heart and every fiber of his being.
To my son and daughter, live life knowing that you are well loved. Loved beyond measure by your Daddy (and Mama) and outrageously loved by your God. Walk confidently knowing Dad will always have your back. Live in the knowledge that you are blessed to have this strong, kind, integrity-filled man as your Dad. Be strong and go out and do what God’s called you to do. We’ll be there cheering you on.
And as often as you remember, thank your Dad for everything he does for our family. He loves you both more than words can describe. More than you’ll ever be able to fathom until one day you have your own babies.
He is our everything, but you are his world.
I love you Matthew. I love you Tenley. I love your Daddy. You three are my heart and soul.