A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. -- Author Unknown

This post is for the dads out there.  I sure do hope y'all had a nice Father's Day.  I love these kind of holidays; it is such a special time to celebrate with your loved ones.  There is something so special about being a parent.  I know, for me, being a mom has truly been a life-changing event.  As we celebrated our second round of Father/Mother's Day; I realized just how fortunate we were to call ourselves mom and dad.

Watching Raleigh become a father has been such a joy.  From the moment I met him, I knew he would be a great dad.  He is witty, silly, and will play an imaginary game in an instant.  He isn't afraid to watch Disney movies or tickle baby bellies.  He's changed his share of dirty diapers and I don't consider him a babysitter when I'm away.  He's a dad.  A great one at that.

Raleigh, Adeline, & Maralee

Father's Day 2011

Below is a video showing how Raleigh can turn anything into a game:


We had such a nice Father's Day weekend.  We attended a friends' birthday party on Saturday.  Raleigh had fun playing with the girls outside even though it was 100 degrees!

Raleigh and Maralee

On Sunday, we woke up and ate cinnamon rolls together (the girls stuck to bananas and Cheerios) and Raleigh opened his Father's Day presents.  Sticking with the superhero theme he got a Captain America comic and a Superman I-pad case:

Making an i-Pad case is super easy!  I'll have a tutorial soon!

After church, we came home and changed into our bathing suits to hit up a new pool that we discovered in town:

Who knew this was in Montgomery?  I feel like it has been a well-kept secret from us!  It really is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Adeline striking a super model pose!

I have loved watching Raleigh be a dad to Adeline and Maralee.  He is a great dad to girls and I know that they love him like crazy.  As I've mentioned before, I am leading a bible study at our church and here on the blog on Priscilla Shirer's, Jonah.  While doing my homework, I read, "Your life is God's story being told and His character being displayed.  How does your life read?  What is your life telling others about the God you serve?  As a result of your decisions, do they get to see Him displayed in His best light?"

Reading that made me think of Raleigh.  My husband does his best to daily live his life according to God's will.  Every day it seems as though his character is being tested - whether at home or work - and he does his best to choose God's words and actions instead of his own.  Raleigh's commitment to the Lord has made me want to be a better servant to Jesus Christ.  He shows me how to be a better wife, mother, and friend simply by his words and actions.  Now, the boy's not perfect.  Don't want y'all to think I'm puttin' him on a pedestal of perfection.  But, he sure does his best to make the right choices and display God's light to others in any circumstance.  I think that is what all wives want out of their husbands - especially when raising children.  To be the leader of the family and set the example to our kids.

Friends, I hope y'all had a nice Father's Day too.  The dads in this world deserve a special day of love, don't ya think?

Before I leave, just want to remind y'all that it isn't too late to sign up for the Jonah bible study!  It starts next Wednesday on the blog and all you need to do is pick up your book before we get started.  Also, please leave a comment here or in the comment section below and let me know if you are interested.  It really is a great study.  Whether you are at home with the kids or working nine to five; I know you would benefit from learning about how God is using YOU for HIS story.

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen