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Friday, June 13

An Everyday Hero

I’m really looking forward to this Sunday, which is Fathers Day. Having not ever known my own father, this is the first one I’ll be celebrating and honoring someone I love, my husband Jeff. This is the first year we’re ‘officially’ parents (I’m told the 4-legged kids don’t count). Our sweet baby girl, Reagan, is nearly nine month old. She has been a blessing and a joy for us both.

Just the other day I was asked, what had recently moved me deeply. I promptly responded. Not long ago, I saw Jeff singing to and dancing with Reagan. The scene was perfect and I was immediately moved to tears. It was so beautiful – a man (who doesn’t like to dance, by the way) holding his baby girl close to him, singing and dancing, seemingly oblivious to anything else. It was a sight that truly blessed me and is one I’m not likely to forget.

In that moment I realized how happy I was for my daughter. She has a daddy who loves her more than anything. She is so special in his eyes, and he can’t wait to see her when he gets home at night. Though he is often tired from a long day at work, he still takes time to play with her and just be with her. He has a good, strong work ethic and provides well for his family.

Jeff is a godly man. He has more honor and integrity than anyone I know and his walk matches his talk. He is strong, yet gentle and a great natural leader. Jeff is a very deep person and doesn’t talk a lot, but when he does, he has something to say. Something that should be heard. There is a natural wisdom that comes out from deep within him. He’s really intelligent, but also down to earth. He loves his wife and his little girl greatly. He truly is a wonderful man and while the world may not recognize him as such, to us, he’s a hero!

I’ve heard it said that a girl is naturally drawn to guys like her daddy. If that’s true, then I know that many, many years from now, she too will find and marry a good man. One who will love her, take care of her and cherish her the way she deserves to be. Because that is what is modeled for her now… If she’s ever allowed to date, that is!

(C) 2008 Tracy Keck


Josh said...

How wonderful to hear about a father's love for his child. In my opinion, the sign of a good man is one who treats his wife and children with the same love that his Heavenly Father gives to him. It sounds like Jeff is doing just that, and my father does the same thing.

I can't wait till I too can pass on that same love to a family of my own, but until then, I will continue to try and practice that love with the family and friends that I currently have. That way I'll be ready. :)