Every day is Father's Day around here. Every day is a day when we're both incredibly thankful that David is a wonderful daddy. Here we have Seth, hoping that he might get packed up to go along on David's trip tonight. =) No dice, munchkin.
I think one of the most important components of good fathering is the same component that makes you a wonderful friend/husband/servant of Christ. That indispensable element is... selflessness. David has it in spades, and we benefit from it so much. Because he's such a servant, it seems natural to him to be there and involved in everything pertaining to daily life with Seth. He jumps in to change stinky diapers, he wants to put Seth to bed every night, and he is quick to suggest taking a long walk with a cranky baby to give his mommy a break.
David worked really hard all week. He got almost no down time. And yet, on Saturday, he was the one who selflessly watched Seth and Isaac while we made lunch. After lunch was over, he did all the dishes. No one asked him to do it. He just knew we were tired, and it needed to be done. He gave Seth a bath tonight before he left. He does these things without being asked, with a cheerful heart, and with a wonderful attitude.
David would not commend himself to other men as a model that they should follow for being a good husband and father. He's not that kind of guy. He just quietly goes and serves us in ways that makes God's heart glad. He blesses me with his genuine servant leadership. We love you, honey. I always knew you would be an incredible father. I hope Seth grows up to become half the father and husband you are. Thank you for teaching him by your example each and every day.