In just 2 short years, my whole life has been rearranged. For all the talk I received about how I would act and so forth after she was born, none of it stuck. Someone told me it would mellow me out. Negative. It actually caused me to get a little more intense. I've got a legacy to create for my baby girl. No time to mellow out. Someone said all the comings and goings Billie and I have enjoyed so much in our marriage would be over. Negative again. Rylee has visited some ten plus states and was just at Fenway Park in Boston, MA last Thanksgiving. I've found myself wanting to show her the world.
I'm so proud of Rylee. She's a dream. She's an angel. She's my princess. If someone told me I had to live life without her, it wouldn't really be worth living. While she has learned so much like talking, dancing, and playing, she's taught me at the same time. I've learned and relearned the importance of family, the legacy of a good name, the responsibility of my actions, and the burden of leading my household. When those little feet pitter-patter towards me first slowly and then quickly as she picks up speed as those little arms become outstretched as she jumps in my arms all while saying, "My Dada," the world stops. Time stands still. When I feel her head on my shoulder as she nuzzles up next to me, I'm holding a treasure only Heaven could give. When she gives me those sweet little kisses and says, "I love you Dada," every fiber in my being both melts and become emboldened to make sure nothing happens to her in this life that I won't be by her side in.
I realize more than ever that being a dad, Rylee's Dada, is one of the most important roles I could ever be given. She's learned so much and she's grown so much. I know there are going to be lots more learning and lots more growing. I know there will be rough patches, and I know there will be magical moments that the greatest writer couldn't script. But I know I share a special connection with my little girl. She's my baby and I know she feels loved and safe in my arms.
I don't know what the future holds. Life has a way of being both amazing and terrible and sometimes simultaneously. What I do know is that God has promised to never leave us and He's blessed me with a little piece of Heaven to look after, protect, teach, inspire, tickle, play with, train, encourage, hug, and love. I committed myself to protect her forever the day I met her some 2 years ago. And today and everyday, I recommit myself to be the best Daddy Rylee could ever have. There's nothing I won't do. There's nowhere I won't go. There's nothing I won't give up to make sure her life, in every way life allows, is as close to Heaven here as it will be one day with the Lord.
Thank you Lord for the blessing of my little girl. I couldn't ask for anything more. When my ambition and desires threaten to cause me to overlook the great responsibility I have in my home first and foremost, check me and never let me forsake the two most beautiful women in my life, my wife and my birthday baby, Rylee Buggy.