I don’t love Father’s Day, because I get to take a bunch of family pictures of my family or yours. Let’s be honest, dads usually don’t like that very much. I love Father’s Day, because it’s a point of reflection for my family and my gratitude to be a part of yours.
Every year, I become more mindful of the meaning and importance of Father’s Day. The first Father’s Day is great, but the more you have built and grown your family the more impressed I become with my husband for being a great father through all of the seasons of life and parenthood. With each year growing in importance, I become more humbled as a photographer getting to saver positive memories between the sacred love of a family.
When photographing a family photography session, there are these glimpses of love when a mother looks at the father of her children. There is a look of admiration and security from the children when looking at their fathers. I look at the families I photograph with so much admiration, because I can relate to all of the ups and downs they have shared as a family unit. This Father’s Day, I am filled with thankfulness and beaming with happiness for my husband who is the father of my three children. I am too thankful to keep it in my heart; I want to share it with all of the people who have also let me in a little into their lives.
A Letter to my Husband:
From the first minute we met I knew you will be a father of our children and seeing you become a father, from the moment our first born came into the world, has been a gift that I will always treasure and give thanks for each year. The happiest memories I have are of you during the birth of each of our children. You beamed with pride, joy, humility, and gratitude all in one moment. I have never underestimated your capacity to father our children, but seeing you in action is greater than any expectation I could fathom. From the most mundane tasks to the greatest responsibilities, you are always engaged and ever present. You have been unwavering in your commitment to our family, in how you love, care, protect, nurture and provide. I am grateful for your constant dedication to our marriage through all the changes and challenges of having three children.While date nights are rare, and even finding moments to speak to each other throughout the day can feel challenging, I have never felt more loved by you. We have had our share of ups, downs and challenges that inevitably come with navigating parenthood, but through times of joy and sorrow your love is steadfast and enduring. Thank you for everything you do, often unseen and without thanks in all the messiness and chaos involved with raising children.Though your countless actions may seem small and insignificant, speak volumes to me and do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. I cannot think of anyone more wonderful to stand by my side and share this parenting journey with. I am humbled that you are in my life and the father of our children knowing that you are the bedrock in which they stand. Our children think the world of you and I couldn’t think of a better person for them to look up to. Coming home after a long day and playing with our children; teaching, guiding, encouraging, supporting, sharing, loving – everything has given them an unshakeable foundation of love from which to grow. You are the leader of our family in your demonstrations of unconditional love. Your unfailing love has given us everything, and I could not be more thankful for the father that you are.