As I'm sitting here thinking of this past father's day, I remember last years so clearly. Russ and I were lying on the bed at his parent's house. Russ had his hand on my belly talking to the baby. I was about 18 or so weeks along then. I had my hand on top of his and for the first time, we felt our baby kick. It was a big kick. There was no mistaken what it was and we both just looked at each other smiling. I guess we had been kind of waiting for that "first kick." The first movement that we could feel from the baby. And when it happened, Russ was so happy...just to feel his baby for the first time. It was special to us and that moment is forever engraved in my heart. Yes, I realize that that's what babies do in the belly and a lot of people will and have experienced the same. But, it was the look and joy that came from my husband...on father's day nonetheless.
It's the little things like this that always brings me back to the gratitude and thankfulness I have for my husband. It's the simple things that make me realize how blessed I truly am that God has put Russ in my life...as a husband, father, leader and friend. I know I don't deserve someone like him. But, I know God is good and He blesses His children. He also knows what He is doing...for someone with such little patience, Russ has all the patience in the world and puts up with me with a whole lotta love :)
There is so much I love about Russ and every quality I prayed for in a husband and father, he has.
This father's day was bittersweet for me. Russ had the opportunity to serve with medical campus outreach to the people in the Amazon. Medical missions is and has been a big part of our lives and we both felt this trip was nothing to pass up. Although we were not together to celebrate his first father's day, I am happy and content with what he is doing.
So, I had to think of something special to do for him. I knew he was leaving with mixed emotions; excited about what the Lord would do in the Amazon but sad about missing his baby girl (and maybe me) :) I decided I would take some pictures for him to open on father's day with his cards. Simple and sweet. I definitely broke out in a sweat attempting these pictures. Ella had no clue what was going on but she was completely taken with the 1000 flashes that would go off since for some reason the camera would take five or so pictures in a row. But, it got her attention. So, on father's day, packed away in his luggage, he opened his father day cards. And, in baby girl's, he had a little surprise...
Russ was able to call on father's day after he opened his cards. It was good to talk to him even through the bad connection...we will take what we can get. We are excited to see him...only 1 1/2 more days!