Monday, June 22, 2009

The Men

This is Daddy George.  He is so amazing.  He serves so many people.  He has tutored numerous adults and has taught them to read.  He is a successful businessman and a wonderful Granddad and Great Granddad.   He is married to Granny Hannie and even though she is not with us  anymore, his life reminds me of her.  Thank you for loving Granny and modeling a lasting, life-long marriage Daddy George.

These three men are the three men that I hope our boys turn out to be like.  Ben, you love people well.  I think you show Christ in so many ways to others through the humble life you lead.  You seek to glorify the Lord in all that you do and reflect Him beautifully.
Van, thank you for loving me like a daughter and training your son, Ben in the way of righteousness.  
Dad, thank you for modeling for me a loving marriage and what a loving husband looks like.  You are a great dad and I love you.

Dear boys,
Daddy loves you and mommy more than you will ever know.  He works for us and as unto the Lord.  He is a wise man.  He is a man of prayer.  He also desires to serve and lead our family.  I respect him greatly and pray that as you grow in "wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man," that you will watch Daddy and follow his example.  He is a good man, he fears and loves the Lord.

Daddy loves to spend time with you boys doing fun things~

Daddy is also a fisherman.  He loves to go to Colorado and fly fish.  He is a patient man.  He enjoys the challenge of the waters and the preparation it takes for a successful trip.  He can tie his own flies, a hobby that we hope you boys will enjoy together with Daddy.  Watching Daddy fly fish is truly beautiful, an art.
This is also beautiful to me.  The loving relationship between a father and his son.  Pop, we are thankful for your wisdom in raising Ben.

Ben, thank you for your love for our boys and me too.  You are teaching each of them what it means to love the Lord our God.  

"The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."
Frederick Buechner

God has called you to be the Father for Benjamin, Luke and David.  It is with great joy that I participate as your helper and my great honor to watch you guiding them.  It is amazing to watch you lead them hand in hand into boyhood and eventually, manhood.  For I know the One that is leading you, is supernaturally using you as we prepare Men of God.  May His grace continue to abound in your life.  
You are loved.

"If we would endeavor, like men of courage, to stand in the battle, surely we would feel the favorable assistance of God from Heaven.  For he who giveth us occasion to fight, to the end we may get the victory, is ready to succor those that fight manfully, and do trust in his grace."
-Thomas A Kempis


Tonja said...

Andi, this is a beautiful post. I know all the men in your life are so proud of the roll you play in the lives of your boys as well.

This is a lovely tribute and truly 'honoring the fathers.'

Love you...

Dona said...

What a wonderful way to honor the men in your life- this will be something your boys will treasure!

Bill, Misty, Will, and Laura Ann said...

Happy for you! Priasing God with you for those men and the little men coming up!

Bill, Misty, Will, and Laura Ann said...

PRAISING! Ugh typos.

mabarnes said...

Andi...I adore the picture of your boys in the blue jeans on no shirts. It is gorgeous. I am so happy that you have such an amazing opportunity to be the mom of three adorable boys.

Kristen said...

What a sweet,sweet post!

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

What a beautiful post! I love it. How awesome to tie it all together. We are so blessed to have husbands who honor the Lord and teach our sons to do that. I am thankful every day!