I am proud to announce Z-Man has arrived – grandbaby #3! He is healthy and adorable. He is amazing!
Watching my daughter and son-in-law care for him had me reflecting on the fathers in our family. Most of us didn’t have a close relationship with our fathers, or had no relationship at all. One of us had two dad’s which was incredible, but sometimes brought jealousy issues. These are all too common in our nation today.
Men who don’t show up, or stay, aren’t emotionally available, or only entertain their children with gifts and vacations, contribute to the shattered family. Children aren’t shown a committed relationship or have values instilled. It is the first relationship a girl has with a man which sets the tone for a future husband and is crucial in how we see ourselves. I did not feel valued in my relationship with my dad, which led me to seek value in all the wrong places.
What a blessing Super Dad and I stayed together, after a time that could have split us apart. He modeled how to work through our problems and teach our children to seek committed spouses who are in it for the long-haul. Our son is a doting dad who proudly leads his children with loving snuggles and stern discipline. Our new dad is spending 21 days at home with his new baby boy, attentive to every need both he and his wife have. Our other daughter’s boyfriend gives special attention to any child he sees and is clear how important it is to him to be a father. These men are amazing!
What I have witnessed is God’s healing of the holes in our hearts due to hurtful relationships, so we could be present, available, and break that chain for our children, and our children’s children! That legacy will continue for generations.
I know the grace of the Father who made all this happen. He Is Truly Amazing!