Sometimes I go silent, here on my blog. On Facebook, on Twitter and however else I may communicate with the world. I go silent because between work and keeping our house somewhat clean and my boys fed and entertained I just don’t have the time to sit and let my thoughts flow from my fingertips. I’ve made a choice, possibly to the detriment of my business, possibly not, to let my family come first. Playing with the boys or doing the dishes, the laundry, cooking a meal for dinner as opposed to tossing a box of (gluten free) mac-n-cheese on the stove, are the things I choose to do. And then, sometimes like now, I find or make the time to share a little bit of my life.
My boys coming first is a pretty easy thing to have happen since they demand so much attention, but the point of this post today isn’t about me and the sacrifices I make for our family. This post is about my wonderful husband who is the most amazing daddy to my boys, ever!
Over the years he has renegotiated his schedule in music, soccer and work so that he can be with us as much as possible, while still having the outlets he needs to be his own person. He somehow finds the energy after a long day at work to come home and play with the boys, help me make dinner and clean up around the house. He rarely misses a night to help put the boys to bed and read them books. He builds lego’s and marble runs, he plays soccer and tag in the backyard, he builds forts, gets attacked and makes music, while being silly and loving and strong, all at the same time.
I would be remiss in this post if I didn’t say that the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree. Matt’s father is one of the most amazing men I’ve ever met and I’m ever so proud to have him as my father-in-law. (Happy Father’s Day to you too dad!)
So, to get to the fun part of the post and what I’ve been wanting to share ever since it came in the mail. I’ve been waiting to be able to write this post for weeks actually. Waiting somewhat impatiently, but no one would have known that. I did a pretty good job of keeping the Father’s Day gift I bought for Matt a secret, but today, TODAY, I get to share! It is a portrait I had illustrated of our little family. I found this wonderful artist on a blog and then saw her work on ETSY. She does these super cute, quirky illustrations of people, and when I saw them, I had to have one. Her name is Nan Lawson and she was incredibly easy to work with. I sent her a bunch of photographs of the four of us. I’m sure I sent her WAY more than she needed, (sorry about that Nan 😉 but, she was somehow able to sift through them and find what she needed. I only had a few comments for the revisions and…here’s what she came up with…
Matty, I love you. You’re the most incredible daddy. Just ask our boys. We are all better people because of you. I’m so proud to be your wife and the mother of your children. There’s no place I would rather be. Really.