Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Things I Love about Being a Dad

So as the final installment in this week’s Father’s Day Week series, I offer you this piece written by my husband Scott, the father of our children Scotty and Kennedy. Let me go right ahead and call this for what it is: A blatant attempt to tug at your heart strings.

Several weeks ago, when I became inspired to post a week of content dedicated to fathers, I enlisted Scott to write down the top five things he loves about being a dad. I’ll have you know that since giving him this assignment, I have in no way influenced the following responses. Rather, after I had nursed Kennedy in the wee morning hours one day last week, I returned to our bedroom to find Scott at the desk in our bedroom, deep in thought with pen in hand. Here’s what his paper read…

1.       Being present for Scotty and Kennedy’s birth. Seeing the children that I helped create come into this world.
It’s something that I’ll always cherish, and it’s something every father should experience. If a man is ever afraid, or doubts whether or not he would want to see such a thing, he should reconsider. It will probably be the greatest moment of his life…because it was mine.


2.       Sharing the responsibilities of providing and caring for my son and daughter.
It makes me feel important, that I have a purpose in this world…and that purpose is to guide and provide for their well-being. Being there for them – everyday – is not only my greatest accomplishment, it is also my greatest contribution to this world.

3.       Being called Dad, Da’, or Da-da.
I literally warms my heart when I hear Scotty and Kennedy call me any of those variations. Just the other morning, I walked into Scotty’s room to get him up, and he goes. “Oh, hi, Da’!” And Kennedy is starting to say Da-Da now, too.  I feel proud. It hits home. It grounds me. It is an affirmation that I am their dad.


4.       Seeing my children’s joy and hearing their laughter.
When I see their happiness, in that instant, it becomes my happiness. Seeing them smile – just their smile – makes everything I do worth it.

5.       Loving my son and daughter more than anyone I’ve ever known.
I love my wife; I love my mother. But the love I possess for my children far exceeds anything that I could ever comprehend. It’s so unyielding and unconditional. At the risk of sounding morbid, it’s the kind of love that you would take with you to your grave.

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34 comments:

  1. Awwwww. What a sweet way to start my morning! I second everything Scott said! What a gift this is for your kids to see in the future too!

    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend and Happy Father's Day, Scott!

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    1. Thank you, Susie! And thank you so much for checking in and visiting. I always look so forward to what you have to say. Please wish your Hubs a wonderful Father's Day, too, from all of us!

      xo

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  2. I love this -- what a touching post. What a sweet dada :)

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    1. Thank you, Sara. And please extend my wishes for a Happiest Father's Day to your hubby, too!

      xo

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  3. Courtney & Scott what a beautiful share!!! Scott I totally understand the "take to grave" comment that is how I feel about the live I have for my daughter, much blessings Happy Father's Day :)

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH, Mari. Really, thank you for your kind words.

      Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for visiting. :-)

      xo

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  4. Watch out before Scott takes over your blog! This was a great point of view and so sweetly written. I can tell that Scott is a great dad. Happy Father's Day!

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    1. LOL! I just shared your comment with Scott, and he said he doesn't want to take over but he will occasionally stroll through from time to time.

      And I say he's earned that right: Without him, I wouldn't have this family to blog about. ;-)

      Thanks, again, Susan, and Happy Father's Day to your husband, too.

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  5. This post is heartfelt and beautiful! Courtney, you and the kiddos are so blessed to have a great father/husband! I wish Scott a Happy Father's Day!

    You all enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Louida! I'll be sure to tell Scott...

      ...as soon as it is a decent hour! lol It is 3:30 a.m. as I type this -- I *just* got done nursing K (for hopefully) the last time tonight, so I'm catching up on comments. Everyone (but me) in this house is sleeping, and you could hear a pin drop in this joint right now! lol

      Wishing all of you guys a wonderful weekend as well...

      xo

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  6. Aww. He's such a sweetie! All the pics are so lovely. You have a beautiful family. :)

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    1. Hi, Lexa! Good Morning! Or is it nighttime for you?

      FINALLY, we are up at the very same time...despite having continents between us! lol It is 3:59 a.m. here, the house is asleep, and I am up (again) after having just nursed K. Sigh.

      Thank you so, so much for your nice words!! I'll be sure to share with Scott...

      ...as soon as he wakes up. ;-)

      xo

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  7. I loved this post (as you know I tweeted it!) but since it's SITS sharefest day - just saying hey! Have a great weekend - and send some positive vibes to my HEAT yo!

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    1. Thank you so very much for your support, Kristen!

      About our dear Heat...I don't what to say. You know I've been a ride-or-die Heat (and long-time LeBron and Ray Allen) fan before this all even started. But I'm nervous, Kristen. I am. It's like the Spurs have a score to settle (no pun intended) Instead of playing the Heat...they are bringing the heat. Sigh. I knew we were in trouble when Scott told me about that quote Duncan said about the Spurs' agenda to win. I read the tea leaves.

      They mean business.

      We'll see. And we'll be watching...

      xo

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  8. Wow! What a great post and insight on why a man loves being a Dad. Great post! I think my Hubby loves our children'laughter more than anytihng...a child's happiness can brighten any day.

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany! Isn't kiddie laughter the best? Especially the kind that moves their belly -- the kind they can't control! I totally second your husband on that.

      Please wish him a very Happy Father's Day from all of us, and thank you SO MUCH for sharing your comment. :-)

      xo

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  9. Wonderful words about being a father! Happy Fathers Day!

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    1. Hi, Dancinmoma! And welcome. Thank you for your comment! (I'm showing it to The Hubs right now...)

      xo

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  10. Mission accomplished! Heartstrings tugged. I like that your husband participated in this, but I love how he expressed his love for your children. You are so blessed to have a great partner in this crazy adventure of parenthood. (Stopping by from SITS Girls Sharefest)

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    1. Hey, there, MumsMusingMind! Thank you for stopping by and I'm glad we were able to reach your heartstrings! I do count my blessings. Every. Single. Day. I tell The Hubs all the time, that everything we have and own can go away...so long as we are still together. The four (The Hubs and I and the kids) are like one rock; a packaged deal, ya know?

      Thank you for coming here and sharing your comments and positive energy with all of us.

      Have a great weekend.

      xo

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  11. This is so sweet, Courtney. Great job, Scott! The restaurants are never as full on Father's Day as they are on Mother's Day. Fathers get the short end of the stick many times. This was a great reminder of how much dads care and should be cared for too.

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    1. Hey, there, Kimberly!!

      "Fathers get the short end of the stick many times."

      THIS.

      Just look at all the commercials on TV this weekend -- and inserts in the newspapers: Dads get lumped in All. The. Time with grads.

      You are so right on that one.

      Thank you so much for not only visiting -- but commenting, too.

      Have an awesome weekend! <3

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  12. Oh this beautiful! He sounds like a wonderful Father and Husband! Happy Father's Day Scott!

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    1. Thank you, Tatanisha! You are so sweet -- and I'm not just saying that because you stopped by and complimented his post. ;-)

      Really, THANK YOU for all of your support.

      xo

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  13. What an awesome post!

    I hope he has an awesome Father's Day.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amber! We wish your hubs a very happy Father's Day as well-- and your entire family an awesome weekend.

      Thanks for stopping by; I appreciate it. <3

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  14. So beautiful! Fantastic daddy you have there :)
    Visiting from SITS!

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    1. Thank you, Tricia. Yeah, I feel pretty blessed.

      Thank you for not only visiting...but commenting.

      Enjoy (what's left of) the weekend! :-)

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  15. I loved this post! So beautiful! Happy Father's Day to Scott! He sounds like an amazing dad! I know my husband feels very much the same way.

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    1. Hi, Michelle! Hooray for our hubs -- and all the other fantastic dads out there who give their all to the unyielding demands of fatherhood!

      We're lucky ladies, Michelle; we're lucky ladies...

      Thank you, again for visiting, and tell your hubs we wish him a Happy Father's Day!

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  16. So sweet! And I love the photos! What a good daddy!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Darcy! I'm glad you came by for a visit.

      Have a great week.:-)

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    1. Thank you, Lauren, and welcome!

      Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have an excellent Monday! :-)

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