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Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Dad


I was 33, my wife 29 before we decided to have children. We had been married for six years. What this meant for us is that we had plenty of time to be married before we had little ones running around. I love how we did it… Everything that happened after that one decision had purpose and intent behind it.

So this is my gratitude list for having two amazing, lovely daughters:

10. I love getting to say stuff my dad did. He’s a good man even if he made some poor decisions when he was younger.  Considering, he did a bang up job raising us.

9. I love seeing my wife in my daughters.

8. I love their little speech impediments, take for instance, Bella’s long gotten over, “lellow” in lieu of yellow. I realized about ten seconds after we fixed that one that I missed “lellow” and never should have corrected it until she was in grade school.  Josie has minor troubles with “R’s” and I’m hard pressed to say much about it because I’m so enamored by it.

7. I love doing their homework with them, on a limited basis of course. I love watching them wrap their minds around problems – it’s neat to see the cogs move.

6.  I love how well Bella reads and that Josie asks me, every night without fail, if it’s OK if Bella reads her a book before bed.  Man, I love that.

5.  I love telling my girls to suck it up and move on in the face of adversity.  Not only is it a good reminder for me, it’s awesome to watch the alligator tears turn into laughter after a minor boo-boo.  Same goes for other little challenges – Josie gets it a lot in swimming class.  The greatest reactions are from other dads who are quick to point out how cool that is – I’ll have to pay better attention to some of the moms’ reactions.

4.  I love watching my girls grow.  I love watching them eat and play and live.

3.  I love watching my girls win – and like it.  Bella’s Pinewood Derby was the perfect example.

2.  I love taking them on vacation – whether it’s to Grandpa Pat’s and Grandma’s house, or on any of our mountain vacations over the last several years.  It seems so much of life is work, I like to share that “let the hair down” time with them.

1.  I love the hugs and kisses.  I love watching them breathe.  I love watching them live.  Above all, I love the fact that my wife and I made them.  I can remember when Bella was only a week or two old, she was born jaundiced and we’d finally cleared the woods and taken back her biliblanket…  Mrs. BgddyJim and Bella and I were laying in bed, getting ready for a nap, Bella in between us and facing towards me – her every breath hitting me on the bridge of my nose.  That was the first “wow I’m a dad” moment and it was awesome.  I made sure and had the same moment with Josie shortly after she was born.  Good times.

Every once in a while, when things are hectic and I’m having a tough time finding a path out of the woods, it does me good to put together a little list of things that I’m grateful for.  This is a keeper.


  1. This was a truly wonderful post. You sound like an incredible dad!

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