Friday, June 19, 2015

Our Superman, A Father's Day Post

He Never Looks for Praises.
He's never one to boast.
He just goes on quietly working
for those he loves most.
~Karen Boyer

This is a special Father's Day as we have the honor of celebrating our true hero on his first Father's day. On this day I get to brag on my husband and father to our little spunky boy. My husband is no where near perfect and neither am I. We have our struggles as we parent like many new and seasoned parents do. Lack of sleep, special medical needs for Caed, crazy schedules, crying baby, worn out mom, exhausted dad, but we manage to keep our sanity and a very happy baby most of the time ;-) 

We are a team, we function as a team and have since this little guy arrived on the scene. I couldn't survive without my other half and I mean that with all honesty! I knew when I married Josh that he would be a great dad but I quickly find out he turns out to be an AWESOME dad.  From day one, Josh was there to snuggle the chunky little guy and help out with him in any way possible(dealing with 3hr fussy times every evening, waking for feedings at night, tackling those newly baby dirty diapers...etc etc.). We had a hard and what seemed like a LONG start to Caedmon's journey with him being in the NICU for 2 weeks. The nurses were so impressed with Josh and how everyday immediately after work he would come barreling in throwing on that yellow gown and ready to bottle feed and hang out with his son. Caedmon at the time (well still does haha) was fighting his bottles and daddy was the only one that could get him to drink it all. I grew to appreciate Josh more and more as I saw other dad's in the NICU and how they had no clue what to do, how to help or some were just there taking up a seat playing a game on their phone. Josh was hands on and wanted to be a part of everything that involved Caedmon. I know it killed him to have to go to work and not be there for support for Caed and I during that time. He continues to be very hands on and Caedmon is all about his daddy. Their bond has been amazing to watch grow over the past short 9 months. As soon as Daddy walks through our door Caedmon turns into a ball of energy ready to play and spend time with him. I am proud to say that I have a man that accepts his role as a husband and father with great respect for the title and knowing what it entails. So many men these days are so distracted by the world that they lose sight of the relationship with their family and what matters most. They come home and plop on the couch to play a video game and wait for their wife to feed them like another child to take care of. Josh is juggling school, providing for our family, being a very present and involved father, and keeping up with all the many bills and financial stuff. Caed and I are blessed to have such a super and godly man leading our family. He is not a man chasing a worthless dream of becoming the richest man, owning the coolest truck, biggest house, traveling the world, or the man with the highest score on a video game. He works hard in a job that he may not love but he realizes that God has provided the job in order for him to provide for his family so his wife can stay home and raise their son. I see how he depends on God and longs to know Him and lead him and our family. It is hard to find that in a man these days so Caed and I count ourselves again blessed to have this man in our life. He was raised by a man who also works hard to provide for his family and a mother who taught him how to respect his dad, others, and his own family one day.  He gives 110% in whatever he does and is far from lazy. The Tripp's raised a boy into a man. Caedmon has an amazing godly role model to look to for the rest of his life. Josh you may not be the richest man or see much of the world, but know this, you are leaving a legacy behind, you are rich in how much we love you, and you are our world! We love you! Happy First Father's Day!

"American Dream"~ Casting Crowns

All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul
But he's moving on full steam
He's chasing the American dream
And he's gonna give his family the finer things

Not this time son I've no time to waste
Maybe tomorrow we'll have time to play
And then he slips into his new BMW
And drives farther and farther and farther away

So He works all day and tries to sleep at night
He says things will get better;
Better in time

And he works and he builds with his own two hands
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands

His American Dream is beginning to seem
More and more like a nightmare
With every passing day
"Daddy, can you come to my game?"
"Oh Baby, please don't work late."
Another wasted weekend
And they are slipping away

'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night
He tells them things will get better
It'll just take a little more time

He used to say, "Whoever dies with the most toys wins"
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end
I'll take a shack on the rock
Over a castle in the sand
Now he works all day and cries alone at night
It's not getting any better
Looks like he's running out of time
'Cause he worked and he built with his own two hands
And he poured all he had in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are coming crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands

All they really wanted was You

Matthew 7:24-27English Standard Version (ESV)

Build Your House on the Rock

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

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