Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mitch's Sappy Heart Day Tribute

For those of you living under a rock, it's Valentine's Day. Being a guy, the day never really meant much to me other than the excitement of getting those little candy hearts and Smurf or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pink cards in kindergarten. They always said something like “Have a Smurfy Valentine’s Day” or “I like you as much as pizza, Cowabunga Dude!” That was pretty fun actually. I mean who wouldn’t want one of these:


But today I want to try and express the point of the day. Valentine’s Day is a commercialized way to tell special people that you love them. We should all do that every day, but I thought I would highjack my wife’s blog for the day to tell those I love very much how special they are to me.  I also thought it would be fun (or embarrassing) to have this documented so we could look back in 20 years and read it.

Finn

I am very thankful that you are the new part of our family. Even though you are only 3 months old, your precious smile can brighten any day.  I look forward to seeing you learn to talk, learn to walk, sing songs with us and whatever else you may enjoy. Being the youngest and smallest, your older brothers will most likely pick on you from time to time, but I will be there to protect you. I love you!


Bryce

I love that you are very passionate about trains. Your facial expressions, random laughs, and little phrases crack me up every time. You definitely have an easy going temperament, but you have a lot of personality. From the time that you were in my hockey locker room last year after one of our games singing your ABC’s at the top of your lungs over and over, I knew you could be a performer. I enjoy helping you with your Thomas puzzles and recently playing baseball in the back yard. I admit I was surprised when you actually hit the ball over my head since it was the first time that we played. Your brother definitely has fun messing with you, but someday you will be as big as he is. Then you can get him back. I love you!


Ryder

I love that you are very into crafts, coloring, and playing games. You are a big helper when you want to be and when you determine to do something, there is no stopping you. I think that it is great that you love helping mommy in the kitchen. I really enjoy being your basketball coach and Awana Sparks leader. I was very amazed at how quickly you learned the books of the New Testament. I can tell that you love my bedtime stories even when they don’t make sense. I can’t wait until Spring so we can go outside and play baseball, soccer, basketball , and hockey again. You are the oldest and the other boys look up to you. Maybe that’s why sometimes I may be a little hard on you, but I know that you can be a great leader. I love you!



Kathleen

I am very thankful for you. I can truly say that the Lord has brought us together. We may have had a few occasional ups and downs over the last seven years, but I think we have grown much stronger each year. Our renovation has been a long one, but it has been a lot of fun. Our house is really looking great and it is mostly because of your decorating skills. I know I get annoyed when you bring home more bags of “stuff” from Goodwill or thrift stores, but now I can honestly say that you do know what you are doing. I love how you don’t care about new things and love finding something used but great. Our family is much stronger financially because of those decisions. I know that I am terrible at expressing how good your meals are but I truly do think that you are a fantastic cook (I mean come on, look at some these recipes). Thanks for taking the time and effort to prepare awesome healthy meals. Your chili, homemade pizza, light `n fluffy pancakes and baked oatmeal are some of my favorites. I know sometimes it is hard being a stay at home mom and some days you feel like you are failing. But I firmly believe that you are doing a great job with our kids and am very thankful that you can be home with them. They are lucky to have a loving mom like you.

Thanks for being my wife and best friend.  I wouldn’t want to be with anyone else. I love you!


I have learned that it is not easy being a husband and father. We have a lot of responsibility. I make plenty of mistakes, do selfish things, and fail in many ways, but by the grace of God I vow to keep trying to do better. I know I have come a long way and still have a long ways to go, but my greatest desire is to lead my family by putting God first, loving my wife, and training up my children the way that they should go.

The day after Finn was born a few months ago, I found this song. I don’t know if it was the emotion of the new baby or whatever, but I admit the tears were flowing. It reminded me of the importance of my role as the leader in the home and is exactly my prayer at this time in my life.


I hope my sensitive side didn’t make anyone gag. Anyway, tell someone you love them today, and then do it again tomorrow. Happy Valentine’s Day!


10 comments:

  1. Ok, why am I crying over someone else's Valentine!
    LOL...how sweet, how thoughtful, this is what a family is that makes Christ the head of the home...Much future happiness to you both...and the little ones...

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  2. So sweet that you took stock of all the things your grateful for. LOVE IT! Happy Happy!

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  3. Tears!!!!! This was amazingly wonderful!! I love your precious family and home. Your pictures and posts make me want to stop over for a cup of tea. You are so blessed!! Mitch this melted my heart. My favorite part, that you admitted crying!!! There is just something about a strong man and his tears. God is so good!!!

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  4. Tears!!!!! This was amazingly wonderful!! I love your precious family and home. Your pictures and posts make me want to stop over for a cup of tea. You are so blessed!! Mitch this melted my heart. My favorite part, that you admitted crying!!! There is just something about a strong man and his tears. God is so good!!!

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  5. WOW I only clicked once............sorry!!!

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  6. How beautiful! It didn't make me gag at all :) I agree that Valentine's Day is a commercial holiday. I think your tribute was much nicer than any Hallmark card.

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  7. That is such a sweet post. Love that you included your boys too ! It's nice to see a husband and father wanting to support and guide his family with the help of God :)

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  8. That was beautiful Mitch. Blessed family to have you!

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  9. I teared up when he titled your part KATHLEEN - people only call you by your "real name" when they really mean it. So blessed the five of you are!

    Great job Mitch!

    (((HUGS))) Amy C.

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