Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Positive Stories of Fatherhood

The other day I read an article by Dr. John DeGarmo that was entitled "What the Media is NOT Telling You About Dads Like Me." It starts off this way...
"Absent fathers. Abusive dads. Poor role models for children. Today's media is full of stories about fathers and dads who are absent in their children's lives; who harm their children with various forms of abuse; who are poor role models to their children on a variety of levels."
You can read the rest of the article here if you are interested.

Like most of our news and media, the stories about fatherhood that are "news worthy" are almost always negative. So I thought that it would be cool to write about the "other" stories. The positive stories of fatherhood.

Now, we are in no way claiming that the people in the stories we share are perfect in any way. They are real people, with real children, with real problems, who have and will make real mistakes that we can all learn something from or just simply be encouraged by.

We will be sharing these stories on our blog and on our Facebook page from time to time. Be encouraged that there are many fathers investing into the next generation.

Poem by Andrea Chambers

"How much time do I have, Little One?"

I met you just today...what excitement and what pleasure!
This little outfit that you wear will become a special treasure.

I don't know what you've endured in your short little life,
Or what haunting memories flood your mind when you close your eyes at night.

But let me assure you, Little One, you are completely loved and adored.
You will learn to trust and feel secure each day, more and more.

"How long will you stay with me?", I ponder as I rock you.
I haven't known you long, but I feel I can't live without you!

How long will I kiss your tear-filled eyes and scraped-up little knees?
Each boo-boo gives me a purpose because mommy is who you need.

How long will I make your meals and serve your favorite foods?
It's such a joy to hear you pray and thank Him for all the good.

I hate to say "good-bye" to you when you leave for weekly visits,
But I pack your bag with love, give you kisses, and pray for you every minute.

I know this all confuses you. It doesn't seem to make a bit of sense.
But know I am ready to hold you in my arms when you are on the defense.

I love you, oh so much, more than words could ever say.
Time passes much too quickly, and decisions about your future must be made.

How much time do I have, Little One? I really do not know.

But I am thankful for the time we are given, and oh, I love you so!

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