Father’s Day is one of the most important days to me. For two different reasons.
Reason one being my dad. I am so blessed to have had a dad who has never given up on me, has always loved me from day one and who has shown me what a good dad is supposed to be. I’ve let him down and disappointed him but he is always there. And for that I am grateful. Not every girl gets a chance to experience what it’s like to have a dad who loves them and cares.
Reason two being because of one little girl in particular who is dear to my heart and is a piece of me.
A little over 5 years ago I brought the most amazing little girl into this world. She was not planned but she saved
my life in many ways.
The moment she was born I knew she deserved the world and nothing less and that meant she deserved to have a daddy like I had.
Unfortunately, she did not have that. It made me angry, it broke my heart, it was something I just would not tolerate.
A month before her first birthday I began dating a man who would eventually be my little girl’s daddy.
He fell in love with her before he even knew he loved me. He played with her, he snuggled her, he kissed her cheeks, he made her smile and he made her laugh.
He changed diapers, he fed her, he calmed her down, he loved her. Not because he had to, but because he chose to.
Although it’s just been a couple years since Matt has adopted her legally, he has been there from the day he locked eyes with her and has never left her side.
Kenlee is the definition of a “daddy’s girl”. She prefers Matt over me any day (unless she’s in trouble). She tells me to “go away” when it’s snuggle time at night, she draws pictures of Matt, she is always seeking his approval and attention. And I’m ok with that.
She’s 5 now, and often says to Matt, “I wish mommy would go away so I could marry you.” Some moms may feel sad after hearing that, but not me. I couldn’t be more happy. I’m happy she knows the feeling of being “daddy’s little girl” just like I do.
To my dad: Thank you for always loving me. Thank you for showing me what a dad really is. Thank You for loving my daughter and being there for her from day one when she had no one else but me.
To Matthew: Words can not describe how thankful I am that you chose to be a daddy to my baby girl. She loves you to the moon and back, and I know you love her just as much. You are an answer to my prayers and I love you.