Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Good Man

Before we were even married, I remember thinking about how you would make a great father. I watched how at ease you were with children. You could roll around on the floor with a group of toddlers one minute and gently cradle a newborn in your arms the next. Nearly every family gathering meant that you would find yourself in the middle of a gaggle of kiddies. They wanted to be around you, to talk to you, tell you their stories, listen to your stories, have you hoist them in the air, give you hugs and kisses, have you chase them. They just loved you . . .

I remember wondering if you were for real.

You were a respectful son. A thoughtful boyfriend. A successful student (I so love cute dorky guys). A responsible worker. A supportive sibling. A loyal friend.

But most of all.

You were a good person. A good man.

You and me. We grew up together. We made a ton of mistakes together. We laughed at said mistakes. We realized we weren't perfect. We figured out just trying to be better each and ever day would be enough. And once we figured that out . . . we knew.

It had been over ten years since we walked down the aisle. Said our vows. Lived our married life. It was time. Adoption was most likely the option, an option we embraced. But, God had other plans.

Baby J. We had no idea that we could actually create another human being (we seriously thought it wouldn't be an option), let alone actually raise one. But there he was. All 5 pounds and 14 ounces of him. Pink. Crinkly. All sorts of amazing.

Life changed . . .

You weren't just a husband. A brother. A son. You were a father . . . less than a year after losing your own. You amazed me with your strength (though I know you will say I amazed you with mine as you couldn't believe what it took to actually bring J into the world). Your determination to be good, to be everything J needed you to be, amazed me. And continues to amaze me every single day.

Now, I watch you with him. You hoist him in the air and he giggles with glee. You blow on his belly as he runs his chubby little fingers through your hair. You sing to him and he looks at you as if you are Pavarotti (we both clearly know you are not--but he thinks you are). He watches you when you walk in the room and his face breaks into a wide, one-toothed grin. He loves you.You are his world.

Just as you are mine.

A good person. A good daddy. A good man.

For which I am eternally thankful.

Your first of many, daddy.

Happy Father's Day . . .

44 comments:

Pam said...

Happy Father's Day to your amazing hubby and J's wonderful dad! So glad you found a GREAT one!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

A first Father's Day is special indeed. And good men are the best--glad you got yourself one!

Kami said...

Oh Laski, this is all so beautiful... I loved the post about how you found out you were pregnant with J, I am still wiping tears of joy for you.

You are a lucky lady to have your hubby but I think that he is also very lucky to have you!

Have a great day!

Cheri said...

Happy Father's Day to your hubby! And good job to you, the brilliant woman who picked him!

just jamie said...

I have goosebumps all over me. So touching. Keep going!

MoziEsmé said...

Here's to great daddies! This world can use as many as it can get . . .

Lori said...

What a beautiful tribute to your husband!

Kathryn said...

This has me in tears! What a beautiful tribute!
Happy Father's Day to your hubby. :)

Elaine A. said...

How very touching! What a lovely way to honor him on his very first Father's Day. I hope it's been a great one!

Eve Grey said...

So lovely.

Chuck said...

That was beautiful. What a wonderful tribute to clearly a wonderful man. I'm happy for you, Laski. *huggies*

Nap Warden said...

Great tribute to Hubby!

Becoming Me said...

Ohhh what a precious tribute.

Tracey said...

Awww..... Happy Father's Day!

Caroline's Mom said...

This was so sweet! Happy 1st Father's Day to your wonderful hubby!

The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

How beautifully written. I bet he just melted reading that. Happy Father's Day to him, he sounds wonderful!

Lisa said...

What a lovely post! I hope his first Father's Day was perfect!!!

Flea said...

How very sweet. :) A Happy Father's Day to your sweet Hunny.

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

This honestly gave me goosebumps. Execellent!

BTW- Yes.. 20 years.. I got married when I was 19.. he was 26. Yep, I'm 39 now! My kids call me "sister" as a joke because so many people have mistaken me as one of the kids. To funny really.

Kellan said...

Oh, what a beautiful story and tribute to your sweet husband. That picture is precious. I hope he had a fabulous Father's Day! Take care - Kellan

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I love cute dorky guys too. They make the best life partners.

I tagged you with a meme. It's easy, I promise.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I totally enjoyed reading this post (and backtracking to your post about thinking you couldn't have a baby). What a wonderful tribute! I hope T had a great Father's Day.

tulipmom said...

What a beautiful tribute to your husband. And that photo is gorgeous!

Danielle said...

Happy Father's Day! It sounds like you have an amazing hubby!

Jennifer said...

first i have to say just how beautiful that picture is of your husband and J. Wow! i love it. :)

second of all, what a nice tribute to your husband. that is great that he is a kid magnet. :) i love that about men, probably b/c my dad is totally into babies and kids. he just loves them. :)

i hope you all enjoyed your Father's day together.

xoxoxo's

gina said...

Happy Father's Day to your amazing man- what a beautiful tribute!

Momo Fali said...

That's was beautiful!

I hope your good man had a wonderful Father's Day!

Colleen said...

happy father's day to Mr. LaskiGuy.

and thanks alot for making me cry at work. ;) (that picture alone was enough for me to tear-up! I'm not sure either of my kids were ever that tiny outside of my uterus...what a little guy!)

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

What a beautiful tribute to your husband, sounds like he is an amazing man.

Steph said...

Awe that made me tear up!

CC said...

Happy Father's DAy!!!!!!!

Stacie said...

beautiful post!!!

Misty said...

Beautiful post, truly!

Angie said...

Happy Father's Day to your hubby and mine. good dads deserve a shout out.

KEEP BELIEVING

Tara R. said...

That was simply beautiful! Congrats to you and J, and happy belated Dad's Day to the hubster.

amanda said...

just came over from kristen's world to say congrats on the award!!

but also must say - beautiful post!!
hope daddy day was a good one :)

Blessings From Above said...

Wow, such a touching tribute to your obviously amazing hubby. Happy Father's Day!!!

Wendi said...

I have read several Father's day tributes.
Many were touching.
This may be my favorite.
I adore the way you wrote this.
Brilliant.
Glad you have each other.

RJTrue said...

I just cried ... like tears running down my face!

I love my bro-in-law!!
And you.
And J.

abby p said...

Very sweet. I hope you all had a wonderful first Father's Day!

Kimmylyn said...

This was soo beautiful!! What a lucky girl!!

Even though I am a little late.. Happy Father's Day to your special man!! :)

Kareer Woman said...

What a lovely tribute and beautiful picture!!!

Lindsey said...

You are so very lucky! Really, you are. Loving devoted husband and precious, perfect little boy! Happy Father's Day to your sweet hubby!

Jules said...

Okay, so I'm coming on this a little late - but it sounds like you found a very special guy. A slightly late Happy Father's Day to your big guy.

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