The book is about how fathers can raise a healthy and whole daughter. I can't really describe what I felt reading the book. There was the illustrations of marriage . . . no guy is going to get near her for like forever. Then there is the idea of having to "give her away." I haven't even held her yet and I'm already dreading having to give her away . . .
Wolgemuth describes his raising of his own two daughters Missy and Julie. When he writes about the bath times when they are big enough to sit in the kitchen sink and the times of teaching them to communicate, I could almost see me and Rylee. I couldn't help but picture when she's older her probably calling me while I'm at the office and hearing her little voice tell me, "Daddy it's time to come home and play with me!" I'm so ready to meet my little girl!!!
Being a dad is going to be amazing and it's certainly going to be brand new. I know it's nothing new to the human race. There have and will always be "daddys." But now I'm about to enter that cherished club. I'm going to be a daddy in less than 3 weeks. I want to be the best daddy I can possibly be. I'm finding myself already head over heels in love with Rylee and I've not even laid eyes on her yet. It scares me to think of the responsibility of protecting Rylee's heart, feelings, and emotions while at the same time teaching her discipline and understanding. But I know I can do it. I have to do it. I will do it!
Reading this book and feeling the way I do for my little girl whom I have not seen yet has given me at least a small glimpse at my Heavenly Father's love for me. The Bible is chop full of references of God loving us as His children and as much as that has always meant to me, now that I'm having my own child, I'm starting to see a bigger picture. Right now being the greatest pastor, politician, writer, worker, manager, or whatever else I have been or will be doesn't matter. I want Rylee to be able to have the greatest daddy she possibly can.