One Year as a Dad

I became a dad for the first time on January 10, 2009.  It did not take long to find out that being a dad is hard work.  The hardest part is realizing that there are no vacation days for at least 18 years!  I wish I had a dollar for every mile I have walked in trying to put my daughter to sleep.  Then there are the diapers.  Fun times.  I keep thinking that things will get easier as my daughter grows and is able to do more on her own.  I am learning that I am absolutely wrong!  The more she is able to do on her own, the more I have to keep an eye on her to make sure she does not do them (or other things).  There is no time to take a break unless she is taking a break, which thankfully she does twice a day for about an hour at a time.  That is when I eat.  There is no question who rules our household.  We named her Sarah, which is Hebrew for “princess”.  The name says all you need to know.

Why would I put myself through such agony day after day?  Because I love that little girl.  She is truly like a ray of sunshine to me.  I hate when I am not with her.  I want to be there to witness every little thing she does.  Besides, who could resist that smile?  Not me.

My little girl turns one this Sunday, January 10.  As her birthday approaches, I am thankful to God that he would bless me with such a wonderful gift.  I am also in awe that the Bible tells us that God calls us his children.  God loves me like a father loves his own child?  How could that be?  As I learn more and more about the love of a father, I am more and more amazed and struck by God’s love for me.  I got Sarah gifts for her birthday, but nothing could ever compare to the gift that she has been to me.  Happy birthday, Sarah.  I love you.

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6 Responses to One Year as a Dad

  1. Wendy Lahr says:

    We just got home after taking our “baby” and all her stuff back to college for another semester. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t give to go back in time to when my kids were babies so that I could live those “growing up” years with them all over again. Enjoy this time with Sarah, because in a few years you will look back and wonder where the time went. Give Sarah a birthday hug from me. I miss her!

  2. Sarah Kis says:

    Thanks for sharing your perspective on fatherhood. I loved the 2nd paragraph. Such a perfect view of how God sees each one of us. Congrats to both you and Rachel. Give your wife my love :o)

  3. Mark Ashbrook says:

    Happy Birthday Sarah 🙂 What a wonderful gift God gives us when loans us children. Also what an amazing thing that He allowed His Son to die in place of us. I believe it helps us understand the Love of the Father just a little better when we hold that precious little gift that we call ours. Tim, Rachel. Be careful not to blink or she will be 25 like my first “baby”, and you’ll be walking her down the isle and giving her away. Mark

  4. Davo says:

    I know it’s a little late, but congrats! I’m very happy for y’all.

  5. Little Frog says:

    Time to update the news on this page….”big sister!”

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